Opera

This week New Orleans hosts a peppery performance that was almost lost to the past.

Conductor Paul Mauffray discovered a program for the 1894 show Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera while rifling through historic music in his hometown, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year.

Image of Auguste Rodin's sculpture "Les bourgeois de Calais"
Adam Rzepka / Musée Rodin, Paris

Conductor Gil Rose discusses Donizetti's "Siege of Calais," and the thrill and value in dusting off this unknown work by one of the opera world's most well-known stars.

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."

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