Fromental Halévy, French composer of the opera La Juive, claimed he would have given away all his works if he could have composed just one aria, 'Casta diva'. The aria has been a signature piece for famous sopranos such as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko and Angela Gheorgiu. It is one of the most exquisite gems in the bel canto repertoire.
Norma is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo...
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English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was found dead at her house on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Emergency officials found the body of the 27 year old in her north London property around 3:54 p.m. She was 27. Police are calling the cause of death undetermined, but many suspect a drug overdose.
Last month, Winehouse pulled out of her European tour because she was booed at her comeback performance in Serbia for looking as if she was too drunk to perform. It...
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Hellhound On My Trail
One of the greatest blues artist of all time, the legendary Robert Johnson recorded only enough music to fit onto two CDs. After his death at the age of 27 in 1938, Johnson had only 12 known 78rpm records (42 tracks in total if you include alternate takes) under his belt. But those records would go on to influence the world of blues and rock & roll like no other recordings and become an essential influence to Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards (to name...
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"Nel blu dipinto di blu" ("In the blue, painted blue"), popularly known as "Volare" ("To fly"), is Domenico Modugno's signature song. Music by Domenico Modugno and lyrics by Franco Migliacci.
Domenico Modugno (9 January 1928 – 6 August 1994) was an Italian singer, songwriter, actor, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament.
Modugno was born in Polignano a Mare, province of Bari (Puglia). In 1935 his father moved to San Pietro Vernotico, in the Province of...
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Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain
Many people have grown accustomed to hearing Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain during Halloween - it's definitely a dark piece of music. Rightfully so, the story behind Night on Bald Mountain is not one of light nature. Inspired by a short story by the Russian writer, Nikolai Gogol, in which witches would gather on Bald Mountain and hold sabbath, Mussorgsky was able to create a dreadfully haunting piece of music.
Mussorgsky's Night on Bald...
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