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A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

February 6, 2016

With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, Barbrara Hannigan, an intrepid soprano and conductor, has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.

From Football To Opera: Singer Morris Robinson Takes Center Stage

February 3, 2016

Once Morris Robinson dreamed of fame on the football field. Now, he's moving audiences across the world with the power of his voice, and changing the face of opera.

Stolen Stradivarius Violin Was Partner

February 1, 2016

This story was originally published on May 23, 1980. NPR's Susan Stamberg interviews Roman Totenberg about his beloved violin, which was recently stolen after a concert.

Falsetto Alarm: Neighbor's Screeches Warrant A Police Visit

January 30, 2016

Police in Amsterdam responded in full force to a man singing along to an opera playing in his headphones, because they thought his life was in danger. After kicking in the door, they all had a good laugh.

Jaap Van Zweden Named Next Music Director Of The New York Philharmonic

January 28, 2016

The New York Philharmonic has appointed the 55-year-old Dutch conductor and violinist as its next music director. Does this mark a new artistic direction for the vaunted orchestra?

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