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The Bachelors Of Opera

There are plenty of single men in opera, but would you really want to date them? Try separating the dudes from the duds in this puzzler. » E-Mail This

February 26   -  

A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

The show's distinctive score is the work of Jeff Beal, who ushers viewers into its clandestine, manipulative and sometimes violent world by breaking a few musical rules. » E-Mail This

February 25   -  

Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera! » E-Mail This

February 24   -  

Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that. » E-Mail This

February 22   -  

To Set The Mood In Period Drama, A Composer Paints Around The Emotions

Gary Yershon is up for an Oscar for the score of Mr. Turner, his fourth collaboration with director Mike Leigh. The two men share a philosophy: Never tell the audience exactly how to feel. » E-Mail This

February 19   -  

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic. » E-Mail This

February 17   -  

Anderson & Roe's Personalized Bach

The bitter suffering and voluptuous lyricism of Bach's St. Matthew Passion are channeled with empathy by a popular piano duo. » E-Mail This

February 16   -  

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

The Dallas Street Choir recently performed to a sold-out house. The group, comprised of homeless people, sang with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. » E-Mail This

February 11   -  

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

"I would call him the grandfather of classical music of the 20th century," says cellist Amit Peled, who grew up idolizing the late master and now tours with his instrument. » E-Mail This

February 10   -  

The Knights, Steve Reich: 'Duet' For Two Violins And Strings

Minimalism reaches back to its ancient roots when a vibrant young chamber orchestra shares six minutes of mesmerizing sunshine by Steve Reich. » E-Mail This
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