Opera

One of the world's best-known opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she will never sing in public again — bringing a long, storied career to a close.

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
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Beethoven only wrote one opera, "Fidelio..." or so the story goes. The full story behind Beethoven's opera is more complex. This week on Sunday Night at the Opera, join Chris Voss for that story, and the opera that became "Fidelio" - the original Beethoven opera masterpiece, "Leonore."

Baritone José Van Dam
Nomi Baumgarti

The great José Van Dam joins an outstanding cast - including Beverly Sills and Nicolai Gedda - in the first opera of the 20th century to be featured at Paris's famed Opéra-Comique: Gustave Charpentier's "Louise."

Baritone Thomas Hampson
Dario Acosta

This week on Sunday Night at the Opera, we feature the great baritone Thomas Hampson in Rossini's comic masterpiece, "The Barber of Seville."

Marco Borggreve

The legendary clemency of the Roman Emperor Titus gets a spectacular operatic treatment as Mark Padmore joins René Jacobs for Mozart's final opera, La Clemenza di Tito.

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