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This Week in Music History: The Premiere of Mozart’s La Clemenza...

Despite what a certain well-known film would have us believe, the composer Antonio Salieri did not plot to assassinate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The brilliant film (and play) Amadeus took, let’s say, a few liberties with the historical truth. But surprisingly, it is true that Salieri was responsible—albeit indirectly—for making Mozart’s workload significantly more complicated in the chaotic final year of his life.

Placido Domingo, one of opera’s most public faces

It's been a big few weeks for Placido Domingo. Last week, the superstar opera singer achieved a nearly superhuman feat by debuting his 150th role—triple the number most star singers rack up over the course of a career.

Garden gates and oil fields: How directors bring The Rake’s Progress...

“Nick appears immediately at the garden gate.” A simple enough statement, you might think. But for an opera director, maybe not...

This Week in Music History: Wagner’s Ring cycle is first performed...

Classical music has such a long, storied history, that it can be difficult to know where to start. Each week, we’ll be exploring an...

Four must-see twenty-first century operas

Many may think of opera as an old-fashioned art form, but it is certainly alive and well in the twenty-first century. The following four...