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The Greatest Opera Arias

Do you have a favorite opera aria? From La Scala to Glyndebourne, from Verdi to Tchaikovsky, from Callas to Pavarotti, here are some top interpretations...

What is a countertenor?

It's a feast in falsetto... from Farinelli and the Pope, to King's College Choir and Benjamin Britten, the cult of the countertenor is just beginning...

Scandals at La Scala

La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, is one of the most cut-throat and coveted stages for singers around the world. This is the home of classical music at its most scandalous...

Offenbach turns 200: Quiz Time!

Hereinspaziert, Bienvenue, and Welcome to Offenbach's 200th birthday quiz.

10 Dinner Party Facts about Offenbach

Offenbach was quite a character. French-German, Parisian and Offenbacher, an accomplished cellist and brazen prankster, he lived out his own cariacature...

The Grand La Scala Quiz

It's quiz time at La Scala, Milan! Which artist loves gummy bears? Which artist is a New York Times "overachiever?" Get to know your star-studded cast...

10 Dinner Party Facts about Tchaikovsky

From the Nutcracker to the 6th Symphony, Tchaikovsky gave us some of the world's most beautiful music. But his was far from a charmed life...

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Berg’s incomplete Lulu...

Alban Berg's Lulu, premiered in just two acts, depicts a morally decaying and travestied world, and one that was utterly repellent to the Nazi regime...

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Verdi’s Messa da...

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was premiered in Milan's San Marco church under the baton of the conductor himself. Just 3 days later it lit up La Scala...

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)

Pietro Mascagni's verismo opera Cavalleria Rusticana started out as an unlikely competition entry. But its triumph saw the young Italian become "maestro."