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Opera Synopses - A Collection of Stories from Popular Classical Music Operas
Looking to catch up on your opera stories? Reading an opera synopsis before seeing the show is a great way to enjoy the music and scenery as you don't have to focus so much on reading the translations. Here is a collection of synopses from some of classical music's most famous operas.

Opera Synopses - L thru Z
To get the most out of an opera performance, it's sometime best to read the synopsis. Doing so frees you from reading the translations, allowing you to watch and listen the performers.

Madama Butterfly Synopsis - Puccini's Famous Opera
Puccini's opera tells the story of a devoted wife willing to do whatever it takes in the name of love. Read the synopsis of Madama Butterfly.

Opera Synopses - A thru K
Learn the stories of these world's most beloved operas in this listing of operas, A thru K.

Die Csárdásfürstin Synopsis, an Opera by Emmerich Kálmán
Learn the story and synopsis of Die Csárdásfürstin, an opera by Emmerich Kálmán.

Top 7 Most Popular Ballets of All Time
With timeless stories, extraordinary choreography, and brilliant music, the seven most popular ballets of all time are absolutely adored by audiences.

Classical Music, Composers, and Operas
Discover the best classical music, and learn about classical composers, performers, and conductors, and the stories behind the world's most iconic symphonies, arias, and more.

"Voi Che Sapete Che Cosa E Amor" Translation
Another famous Mozart aria, Classical Music.

Classical Ballet: A One Stop Classical Ballet Resource
Ballet, an art form dwarfed by opera and symphonic performance, is like a hidden gem. Ballet features spectacular dancers, fantastic music and unimaginable stories. Many great pieces of music were written for ballet, and most of which are easily recognizable by anyone. Don't let ballet fall of your classical music radar!

Puccini's 'Un Bel Di, Vedremo' Text and Translation
Learn the Italian text and English translation of Cio-Cio San's aria

Ubi Caritas Lyrics and English Translation
Learn the Latin lyrics and English translation of the well known Gregorian chant, Ubi Caritas.

"Song to the Moon" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the Czech lyrics and English translation of

Flower Duet Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the French lyrics and English translation of the Flower Duet (a.k.a.

Lyrics and English Translation of "La donna e mobile"
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of

Synopsis of Verdi's Rigoletto
Here's another popular opera by Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto! The story of Rigoletto is packed full of drama and emotion, and many people believe it to be one of Verdi's first operatic masterpieces. Read the entire Rigoletto synopsis to learn more.

Lyrics and Translations
View this large selection of lyrics and English translations of popular operas, arias, and art songs.

Toreador Song Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn Escamillo's Toreador Song

Albert Herring Synopsis - An Opera by Benjamin Britten
Premiered in 1947, learn the story and synopsis of Benjamin Britten's three act comedic opera, Albert Herring.

Nessun Dorma Lyrics and Text Translations - Calaf's Aria from Puccini's Turandot


Top Renaissance Period Composers
Renaissance composers like Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Orlando de Lassus, Giovanni Palestrina, Claudio Monteverdi, and more make up this

Hanna's "Vilja Lied" Lyrics, Translation, and More
Learn the German lyrics and English translation of Hanna's aria

Vesti La Giubba Lyrics, Translation, History, and More
Learn the lyrics and translation of Canio's aria,

Great Classical Songs for Weddings
Classical music is a great choice for wedding songs. Though there are thousands upon thousands of different songs to play during weddings ranging from classical music to rock, for the purpose of this list, we'll stick to classical music. Find out the most popular classical music used as wedding songs.

Classical Music for Weddings
Classical music for weddings is extremely popular, and with so many choices it can be hard to choose which classical music to play at your wedding. Here is a list of recommended classical music wedding albums to help you.

A Beginners Guide to Great Piano Classical Music
Piano classical music ranges in a variety of styles. Find recommended composers, music, and more in this guide.

History of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet was composed in 1875, after the Russian Imperial Theatre intendant Vladimir Petrovich Begichev commissioned him to do so.

Classical Music 101
The term

Perfect (Or Absolute) Pitch Definition
Perfect pitch (or absolute pitch) is the ability to identify any musical note or notes without a reference pitch. Learn more about perfect pitch and find out if you have it!

"Lascia Ch'io Pianga" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics and translation of Almirena's beautiful aria,

Jerusalem Synopsis - An Opera By Verdi
Learn the synopsis of Verdi's opera, Jerusalem (composed in 1843).

Giuseppe Verdi Biography (1813-1901)
Giuseppi Verdi was a romantic period composer best known for his operas and requiem mass. Learn about the life of Giuseppi Verdi in this biography.

Baroque Music
Known for its inconsistency, the Baroque Period encompasses the use of basso continuo, degrees of ornamentation, self-expression, open forms, and the formation of counterpoint. You will find that, although the music of the Baroque Period shares the same genre title, the difference between pieces can be quite astounding.

Classical Music in Movies
Have you ever heard a song from a movie and thought

Classical Music
The classical period in music spanned from 1750 to 1820; it was defined by structure, most notably sonata form. These resources will help you discover the origin, composers, forms and repertoire of the classical period and why it was so important in the world of music.

Concert Halls and Events
Learn the history behind world famous concert halls and small town venues. From the down-under Sydney Opera House to mid-town Lincoln Center, and everything in between, these resources will help you plan your next outing to a classical music performance.

Medieval Music
Medieval music, music before 1400, is anything but ordinary. Discover how medieval music and the beginning of musical notation provided the foundation on which Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and other classical composers were able to build their masterworks.

Opera and Synopses
For even the classical music buff, opera can be quite overwhelming. Here, you will find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about opera. Discover its origins, composers, performers, synopses, and why classical music theater can be so exciting!

Renaissance Music
An explosion of knowledge, wealth, and creativity nearly 600 years ago earned the years between 1400 and 1600 the title of The Renaissance Period. Not only were great works of art created, but also great pieces of music. These resources will help you discover the composers of the Renaissance Period, their works, and the history behind them.

Popular Songs Sung by Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti was a fantastic singer with a prolific performance history. Here is a handful of the most popular songs sang by Luciano Pavarotti.

"L'elisir d'Amore" Opera by Donizetti - Synopsis
Donizetti's opera, L'elisir d'amore, tells the story of a poor man who tries to win the heart of a beautiful woman. Learn more in this synopsis.

Top 10 Mozart Recordings, Albums, and Songs
With thousands of different recordings, which Mozart music albums should you consider adding to your playlist? Here are my top 10 Mozart recordings.

Christmas Album Reviews - Classical Music CD Reviews of Christmas
With the thousands of Christmas albums available in the market today, which ones are worth purchasing? Let these classical Christmas music reviews help you!

Top 10 Classical Music Christmas and Holiday Albums
Don't let the same old holiday music get you down. Instead, here are my top 10 Christmas albums that will make the yuletide that much better.

Wagner's Parsifal - Story and Synopsis
Learn the story and synopsis of Richard Wagner's three act opera, Parsifal.

20th Century Music - Music Beyond 1900
Also known as the Age of Technology, 20th Century Music took full advantage of new technologies as they became available. Not constricted by rules of the classical period, composers had the stylistic freedom to write however they pleased. Discover the many colors that 20th Century Music has to offer in the pages that follow.

The Rite of Spring Riot, 1913 by Igor Stravinsky
In May 1913, Igor Stravinsky debuted his ballet The Rite of Spring. To his surprise, the audience reacted so wildly, police were called to the scene.

"Non più andrai" Lyrics and Text Translation
Text and English translation of. Classical Music.

"Der Hölle Rache" Lyrics and Translation
Lyrics and text translation of

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Synopsis
First performed in 1868, Wagner's opera, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg is a very unique Wagner opera. Learn the synopsis to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.

"Ombre légère" Lyrics and Text Translation
Meyerbeer's

"O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint" Translation
Learn the lyrics and English text translation of Marzelline's aria,

Moonlight Sonata Notes - Classical Music
Notes and background information on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, including recommended recordings and more.

Beethoven's Ode To Joy and the European Union National Anthem
Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' was adopted as the European National Anthem in 1972.

Biography of Ludwig van Beethoven
Born in Bonn in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven began learning music at an early age. He studied with many well know musicians including Hadyn and Salieri. Beethoven is most famous for his symphonics works. Discover the life of Beethoven, including his works and achievements.

"Les oiseaux dans La charmille" Lyrics and Translation
Here is the French-to-English translation of Olympia's aria from Jacques Offenbach's opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann. History and recommended recordings.

Habanera Text and Translation (From Bizet's Carmen)
Learn the lyrics and translation of Carmen's famous aria

Classical Music Events
Profiles and listings of classical music events.

Classical Music Grammy Awards - Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music
Here you will find the nominees and winners of the Grammy Awards for Classical Music.

Classical Music Halloween Concerts
Halloween classical music concerts are a great way to introduce children to classical music. Often, children are encouraged to come in costumes. With petting zoos, trick-o-treating, and great music, these concerts are sure to be great fun for the family. Learn more about these classical music Halloween events!

Past Classical Music Events and Concerts - Classical Concerts of the Past
Don't worry if you've missed out on some of these fantastic concerts. There will be plenty of more in the future. But if you're curious, learn about these past classical music events and concerts.

Romantic Period - Music from 1820 to 1900
If the Classical Period is the parent, then the Romantic Period is its unruly teenager. Known for breaking the rules of Classical Period composition and structure, the Romantic Period explores the use of large ensembles, extreme emotion, and wild orchestration. Let these resources help you discover the composers, repertoire, and history of the years between 1820 and 1900.

The Ordinary of the Mass FAQ
The Ordinary of the Mass FAQ is a comprehensive database for finding text translations and their respective histories.

53rd Annual GMAs - 2011
Here's a complete listing of classical music nominees and winners of 2011's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

54th Annual GMAs - 2012
Here's a complete listing of the classical music nominees and winners of the 2012, 54th Annual Grammy Music Awards.

Biographies of Classical Composers, Conductors, and Performers
Biographies of classical composers, conductors, and performers can help you understand the events that shaped their distinct musical characters.

Classical Music CD Reviews
Classical music CD's number in the millions. Find out which classical music CD's are worth buying by reading these reviews.

47th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music - 2005 Classical Music Grammy Awards
Here are the 2005 Classical Music Grammy Award winners for the 47th Annual Grammy Music Awards.

48th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music - 2006 Classical Music Grammy Awards
The nominees and winners of the 48th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music.

The 49th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music - 2007 Classical Music Grammy Awards
Here are the nominees and winners of the 49th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music.

The 50th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music - 2008 Classical Music Grammy Awards
Here are the nominees and winners of the 50th Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music.

51st Annual Grammy Nominations for Classical Music - 2009 Classical Music Grammy Awards
Here are the nominees and winners of the 51st Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music.

52nd Annual Grammy Nominations for Classical Music (2010)
Here are the nominees and winners of the 52nd Annual Grammy Music Awards for Classical Music.

Ballet Synopses: Stories of Popular Ballet
Ballets are set to the wonderful stories of legends and fairytales. It's important to know the story of the ballet before you see it to gain a better understanding of what the dances and the music of the ballet represent. Discover that ballet is not just about dancing, but rather, about the story.

History of Ballet: Easy to Read Profiles of the Histories of Ballets
Ballet is a hidden art form in the world of classical music and often forgot about when venturing from one classical music performance to another. Discover the history of the many famous ballets that will endure for many generations to come.

Text Translations of the Mass Ordinary:
Discover the true meaning behind the texts of the Mass Ordinary. The texts are translated from Latin to English.

History of the Mass Ordinary
The histories behind the different texts of the Mass Ordinary are quite complex. The histories of these texts are broken down to be easily understandable.

Academy Award Winners and Nominees for Best Film Score
Here are the present and past winners and nominees of the Academy Award for Best Film Score.

Classical Music Book Reviews
Looking for something to read about? Say, maybe related to classical music? Here are a few books you may want to consider.

Classical Composer Biographies
Discover the history behind many famous and not-so famous classical composers in the biographies that follow.

Gifts for Classical Music Lovers
Looking for the perfect gift for a classical music lover? Look no further! I've compiled a handful of classical music gift lists below.

Classical Music for Halloween
Just like the movies, music can be a great way to add the excitement of fear and suspense to your Halloween party or haunted house. Below, you'll find several lists of spooky classical music I've put together for you to use for Halloween.

Classical Music Works of the Week
Classical Music Works of the Week is similar to Oprah's book club. I introduce all kinds of classical music - forgotten works, new works, popular works, etc., each week. It is my hope to expose you to great music. Afterwards, you can post you thoughts and opinions of the work on the Classical Music Forum.

Conductor Biographies
The road to becoming a great conductor can be a mighty task. These biographies will help you discover what these conductors had to get to the top.

Golden Globe Winners and Nominees for Best Film Score
Here are the present and past winners and nominees of the Golden Globe for Best Film Score.

Opera FAQ
This FAQ will answer some of the questions you may have about opera.

Original Film Score Reviews
I've always been a fan of original film scores, and in these original film score reviews, you'll find out which film scores may be worth adding to your collection. Many original film scores feature fantastic music! With large orchestras and choirs or modern synthesized instruments, today's composers make great compositions that can often outshine the movie.

Classical Performers Biographies
From singers to pianists, these biographies will give you an intimate view of your favorite classical music performer.

Recommended Listening and Top Picks
There is a lot of classical music in existence, and even the classical music experts can get lost in the sea of it all. Here are some recommended albums and Top Pick lists for you to checkout.

Symphonies of the Romantic Period
The old saying

Symphonies of the Classical Period, 1750 to 1820
Epitomized by the works of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the classical symphony is renowned for its rigid structure, harmonic relationships, orchestration, and balance. These resources will help you discover the elements that shaped the classical symphony, essential repertoire of the period, and the impact of the genre upon subsequent periods.

Symphony FAQ - Answers to your questions about the symphony
Would you like your basic questions about what a symphony is answered? Let this Symphony FAQ help you! Also, discover who wrote the worlds longest symphony, how big the worlds largest orchestra actually is, and what symphony orchestra has been around the longest.

Video Game Soundtrack Reviews
If you thought only the movies had great soundtracks, think again. Video games, too, boast some spectacular soundtracks. And even if you don't play the game, you can certainly play and enjoy the music.

Classical Music Glossary
Find the definitions to classical music terminology.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Biography, History, and Music
This One-Stop Beethoven Resource will provide you with the history, life, and music of Beethoven.

Nutcracker Ballet Performances 2014
2014’s Nutcracker Ballet performances are taking place across the United States. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most beloved ballets.

Top Romantic Period Composers
Discover the great composers of the romantic period.

Top Romantic Period Composers
Discover the great composers of the romantic period.

World's Best Symphony Orchestras (Top 20 List)
Putting together a list of the world's best orchestras is sort of like ranking the colors in a crayon box - it is highly subjective. However, one leading classical music publication took on the monumental task. Discover their list of the world's best symphony orchestras.

World's Best Symphony Orchestras (Top 20 List)
Putting together a list of the world's best orchestras is sort of like ranking the colors in a crayon box - it is highly subjective. However, one leading classical music publication took on the monumental task. Discover their list of the world's best symphony orchestras.

The Eroica Symphony - Historical Notes on Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the Eroica Symphony, is known for its innovative features, heroic style, and influence on subsequent composers. This article discusses the performances, key, structure, and historical background of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

A Beginners Introduction to Classical Music
Classical music is a generic term applied to a style of music which covers over 700 years. Learn the very basics of classical music and where to begin.

Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 “Eroica”
This article discusses the influence of Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, the theme of Death throughout the work, innovative features of the symphony and the influence on modern day music. Page 2.

The Eroica Symphony Bibliography
The bibliography for the Eroica Symphony historical notes artical contains the resources and source texts referenced. Page 3.

Romantic Period Classical Music Playlist
The romantic period of classical music features thousands of classical works. And though its impossible to list them all, I've compiled a short list of

Dame Joan Sutherland - A Biography of Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)
(Nov. 7, 1926 - Oct. 10, 2010) Dame Joan Sutherland was one of the world's most famous opera stars of the 20th century. Her powerful soprano voice captivated millions of people and garnered many awards and critical acclaim. Learn more about Dame Joan Sutherland in this biography.

Mozart and the Origin of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Did Mozart write the music of

The Merry Widow Synopsis - Die lustige Witwe
Learn the synopsis of The Merry Widow with music by Franz Lehár and libretto by Leo Stein and Victor Leon.

2016 Oscar Nominees and Winner for Best Original Score
John Williams, Thomas Newman, Johann Johannsson, and more make up the 88th Annual Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score. Find out more!

Don Giovanni Synopsis - An Opera by Mozart
Learn the story of Mozart's comedic and melodramatic opera, Don Giovanni, in this synopsis.

"La ci darem la mano" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the

La fille du régiment Synopsis
Premiered in 1840, Donizetti's opera 'La fille du régiment' has been performed in theaters around the world. Learn the synopsis of this beloved opera.

58th Grammy Music Award Nominees and Winners for Classical Music
Find out which classical musicians, conductors, performers, and more make up the complete list of the 58th Annual Grammy nominees for classical music.

Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' (Plot Synopsis)
Rossini's famous opera, Barber of Seville, is a comic opera that remains largely popular even today. Its libretto was based on Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville, part one of the three part Figaro trilogy. Learn the story of Rossini's

Giselle Ballet Synopsis
Learn the story of Adolphe Adam's romantic ballet, Giselle, with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.1 in E Major, RV 269, "SPRING"
Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.1 in E Major, RV 269,

Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.2 in g minor, RV 315, "SUMMER"
Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.2 in g minor, RV 315,

Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.4 in f minor, RV 297, "WINTER"
Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.4 in f minor, RV 297,

Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons Notes and History
Notes and historical information on Vivaldi's Four Seasons, including Vivaldi's sonnet texts for Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.3 in F Major, RV 293, "AUTUMN"
Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concerto No.3 in F Major, RV 293,

Handel's Messiah - HWV 56, 1741
Premiered in Dublin in 1742, learn about the origins of Handel's Messiah, its libretto, details of its first performance, musical excerpts, and more.

"Pleurez! pleurez mes yeux!" Lyrics and Text Translation
Chimene's aria

Classical Music Christmas List - Gifts for Classical Music Lovers
Handpicked by classical music guide, Aaron Green, these classical music gifts for Christmas and other holidays are sure to please. If you have no idea what gifts to get your classical music loving friends this holiday season, look no further.

Classical Music Christmas List - Gifts for Classical Music Lovers
Handpicked by classical music guide, Aaron Green, these classical music gifts for Christmas and other holidays are sure to please. If you have no idea what gifts to get your classical music loving friends this holiday season, look no further.

2016 Golden Globe Awards - Best Original Score
Discover the five Golden Globe nominated original film scores for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards presented on January 10, 2016.

Dido and Aeneas Synopsis - Henry Purcell's First Opera
Is is believed the first performance of Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, took place in 1688. Learn the synopsis of Purcell's first opera, Dido and Aeneas.

The Plot Impact and Significance of the Characters in Wagner's The Ring Cycle
An examination of the plot and characters found in opera composer Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle is found in this article. Includes Woton, Frika, Freya, Alberich and more.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Fafner, Erda, Siegmund, Sieglinde & Brünnhilde
A description and plot synopsis of the Fafner, Erda, Siegmund, Sieglinde and Brünnhilde characters in Wagner's Ring Cycle. Page 2.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Mime, Siegfried, Hagen, Loge, and Character Notes
A plot synopsis and character evaluation of Mime, Siegfried, Hagen, and Loge in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle. Page 3.

Profile of the Famous Tenor, Luciano Pavarotti
Learn about the life of Luciano Pavarotti, arguably the world's most famous tenor with a voice like no other. Born in 1935, Pavarotti discovered his passion for singing as a teenager after winning first place with his father in a singing competition. Luciano Pavarotti has since then sung numerous roles in many operas and given countless performances.

Sightseeing in Europe - Famous Classical Composers
When traveling abroad, there are many sights worth seeing. For a classical music lover, there are even more sights to see, like Beethoven's birthplace or Schubert's grave. Make your European vacation even more memorable by visiting the sights of some of history's greatest musicians.

Hommage a Frederic Chopin Meisterstuck Fountain Pen by Mont Blanc
The perfect gift for any classical music lover.

Josh Groban, Baritone - A Profile of Josh Groban
Josh Groban, an classically influenced international pop star, has achieved great success at a young age. His baritone voice has been winning over fans since his debut. Learn more about the life of Josh Groban in this profile.

Soprano Montserrat Caballe - Life and Career Profile
Montserrat Caballe is a world famous soprano with the height in her operatic career in 1974. With over 80 performed roles, Montserrat Caballe has lead a tremendously successful career. She is best known for her superb vocal technique, enrapturing pianissimos, and fine breath control.

2015 Summer Classical Music Festivals
From Boston to Napa Valley, here are eight summer classical music festivals worth visiting this 2015 season.

Frederic Chopin Biography - Classical Composer Profile
Frederic Chopin lead an increadible life. Unable to further his talent, he moved to Paris away from his parents in Poland, never to return again. He yearned to be with them, but couldn't. He was an extraordinary pianist and teacher. Discover the life of this truley amazing composer, Frederic Chopin.

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn - Profile and Biography
Haydn, unlike most composers, had a

Giacomo Puccini Profile, Classical Music Composer
Puccini is best known for his operas Tosca, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, and Turandot. Learn about the life of Giacomo Puccini in this profile.

The History of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture has been used to celebrate USA’s Independence Day, but that’s now why it was composed. Find out why!

Swan Lake Ballet by Tchaikovsky - History
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is an incredibly famous ballet with a rich history. It is the epitome of all classic ballets; the choreography demands dancers of the highest caliber. Despite its one-hundred plus year age, it will continue to serve as the standard model of classical ballet for many generations to come.

Antonio Vivaldi Quick Facts and Profile
A profile of Antonio Vivaldi, a great barogue composer.

Andrea Bocelli - Life and Career Profile
World famous operatic singer, Andrea Bocelli has enjoyed worldwide success. Learn more about the life of Andrea Bocelli in this profile.

Classical Musicians Best Smart Phone Apps
Here are the best apps for classical musicians. From chord progressions to keeping the beat, these awesome iPhone and iPad apps for classical musicians are definitely worth checking out!

"Dance of the Knights" (Romeo and Juliet) by Prokofiev
Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's ballet, Romeo & Juliet, is a very famous classical song used in all kinds of media. Learn more about Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights.

Major General Lyrics from Pirates of Penzance
Learn the tongue-twisting lyrics to Gilbert and Sullivan's

"Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle?" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics and translation of Stephano's aria,

The Three Tenors - Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carreras
Discover the three tenors that make up the world famous, Three Tenors, as well as their origin story, with links to great recordings and recommended albums!

"Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics to Adele’s aria, “Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande,” from Johann Strauss’ opera, Die Fledermaus.

Notes on Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony No. 35, K.385,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 35, also known as the Haffner Symphony, was written in 1782. Mozart's symphony was nicknamed Haffner because it was composed in order to be played at the enoblement of Sigmund Haffner, son of a Salzburg burgomaster, and friend of Mozart.

Comparing Maria Callas's Habanera to Others
Discover how Maria Callas's performance of the Habanera from Bizet's opera, Carmen, compares to other famous sopranos, including Denyce Graves, Angela Gheorghiu, Jennifer Larmore, Agnes Baltsa, and Elina Garanca.

"Die heil’gen drei Könige aus Morgenland" Lyrics & Translation
Discover the lyrics, translation, and history of Strauss's

La Donna del Lago Synopsis - An Opera By Rossini
Set in the picturesque surroundings of Scotland's Loch Katrine, learn the story of Rossini's romantic opera, La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake).

"E Susanna non vien!" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of the Countess's recitative and aria

Synopsis of Gilbert & Sullivan's Opera, The Sorcerer
Learn the synopsis of Gilbert and Sullivan's opera, The Sorcerer.

Facts about Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute)
Learn interesting facts and trivia about Mozart's most famous opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).

A Profile of Rigoletto - The Origin of Verdi's Opera
Verdi himself said that his opera, Rigoletto, was revolutionary. Learn about the history and origin of this famous opera.

Ave Maria Text and English Translation
Learn the text and English translation of the Latin prayer, Ave Maria, which is used in many classical music works, and discover great classical music.

Learn about Notable Film Score Composer, Clint Mansell
Learn about film composer, Clint Mansell, known for his scores for Black Swan, The Fountain, and Requiem for a Dream.

Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major, D. 929 (Op. 100)
Learn about Schubert's Piano Trio No. 2 in E Flat Major, arguably one of the composer's best and influential pieces of classical music.

"Quel sangue versato" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Donizetti's aria

Roberto Devereux Synopsis - An Opera by Donizetti
Learn the tragic story of Gaetano Donizetti's opera, Roberto Devereux - a very loose interpretation of the true events surrounding Queen Elizabeth I.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

The Vienna State Opera - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls List - Carnegie Hall
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Avery Fisher Hall
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

World's Best Concert Halls - Top 10 Concert Halls
From Lincoln Center to Vienna and Boston to Sydney, these fantastic concert halls, famous for their beauty, history, and incredible sound, are among the world's best.

Profile and Biography of Yo-Yo Ma
Learn about the life of Yo-Yo Ma, undoubtedly the world's finest cellist of the 21st century, in this profile and biography.

Vocal Ranges and Voice Types
Discover the different voice types of operatic singers and figure out your own vocal classification.

"Hymn to the Sun" Lyrics, Translation, and History
Learn the lyrics, translation, and history of Tsaritsa's aria,

What is a Cadenza?
Cadenzas, often performed at the end of a movement in a concerto, are performed by virtuosic soloists. Learn the definition, origin, and more.

Concierto de Aranjuez & Joaquin Rodrigo
Discover Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, and his most famous piece of music, Concierto de Aranjuez.

What is a Symphony - The Simple Definition and More
What is a symphony? Find the answere here!

"O Fortuna" by Carl Orff - Background Information
Notes and background information of Carl Orff's O Fortuna from Carmina Burana.

10 Insanely Frightening Original Film Scores
Although the music on this list is far from high pitched screams, shrilling cats, chains, and creaky doors, the scary music from these movies will surely send chills down your back.

Top 6 Recommended Popular Beethoven Music Albums
Beethoven music is indeed very popular, and with all the music available to purchase, not all recordings are created equal. Here are my top six recommended Beethoven music albums.

Top 10 Renee Fleming Albums
The ten latest albums of Renée Fleming truly show you the extraordinary talent of this classical Diva. From Handel to Dvorak to Puccini, she delivers with remarkable clarity and tone. Let this be a guide for purchasing your next Renée Fleming album.

Best Requiem Mass Albums
From Brahms to Mozart, here are the top seven Requiem Mass albums ranked by popularity, musical interpretation, and overall quality.

Josh Groban Discography - Classical Music
Josh Groban, a popular pop/opera singer, has enjoyed a fantastic career thus far. Here is a list of Josh Groban's CDs recorded throughout the years.

Top 10 Mozart Concertos
Mozart is known for many great works including operas and symphonies, but in this list, you’ll find my recommended list of Top 10 Mozart Concertos.

Top 10 Best Original Film Soundtracks
Top 10 Best Original Film Soundtracks include works by Thomas Newman, Howard Shore, and Harry Gregson-Williams.

5 Classical Guitar Music CD's You Mustn't Live Without
A list of five truly amazing classical guitar CD's.

Classical Music Month, September
Learn how September became Classical Music Month in the United States, along with links to fantastic classical recordings.

A Listing of Operas by Giuseppe Verdi
Before his death in 1901, Giuseppe Verdi composed over two dozen operas - his first in 1839 and his last in 1893. View the list of Verdi operas.

"Una macchia è qui tuttora" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics, translation, and history of Lady Macbeth's poignant aria,

Macbeth Opera Synopsis - Giuseppe Verdi
Learn the story of Verdi's Shakespearian opera, Macbeth, in this synopsis.

Synopsis of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Learn the story of The Magic Flute in this synopsis of Mozart's famous opera, which premiered in Vienna in 1791.

Bel Canto Music Origin and Meaning
Made famous in part by three Italian composers, discover the origin and meaning of bel canto music, including famous operas, arias, and singers.

Bellini's "Casta Diva" Lyrics, Translation, and History
Learn the lyrics, translation, and history of

Tosca's "Vissi D'Arte" Lyrics, Text Translation, and History
Learn Tosca's

Turandot Synopsis - The Story of Puccini's Famous Opera
This sad, yet romantic opera, set in Ancient China, has captivated the hearts of audiences since its first performance in 1926. Puccini's opera, Turandot, includes one of opera's most famous arias: Nessun Dorma. Learn the story of Turandot to find out how the famous aria fits neatly within.

Pie Jesu Lyrics, English Text Translation, and History
Premiered in 1985, learn the lyrics, English text translation, and history of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous

The Great American Classical Composers
Discover the music composed by the United States most famous classical composers.

Classical Music for Labor Day
While celebrating Labor Day, listen to the classical music in this list, being mindful of your own hard work and the work done by all other Americans.

Rodrigo Opera Synopsis - The Story of Handel’s 3 Act Opera
Learn the synopsis of Handel’s three act opera, Rodrigo, premiered in late 1707.

"Ritorna vincitor" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics and English translation of Aida aria, Ritorna Vincitor, from Verdi's opera, Aida.

"Celeste Aida" Lyrics and English Translation
Celeste Aida lyrics and english text translation from Verdi's opera, Aida.

"O Patria Mia" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics and English translation of Aida's aria

Synopsis of Verdi's Opera, Aida
Verdi's Aida is an opera in four acts composed in 1871. Set to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, the story takes place during ancient Egypt and focuses on the upper echelon. Read the full synopsis of Verdi's Aida.

"O Mio Babbino Caro" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics to Puccini's famous aria and watch videos of notable performances including Kathleen Battle, Maria Callas, and Montserrat Caballe.

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Notes about the history of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, and the composer Johannes Brahms.

A Profile of Johaness Brahms
As a result of Brahms' extensive travels and eagerness to meet composers and musicians, Brahms gained a large circle of friends including the Clara and Robert Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt. His thirst for knowledge lead him to amass a library of over 800 books. He also collected rare manuscripts and autographed scores by many famous composers. Because of his vast resources of friends, talent, and knowledge, Brahms was able to create magnificent music.

Twelve Spanish Dances, Op. 5
Learn about Enrique Granados and his famous 12 Spanish Dances including links to videos and free sheet music.

“Durch Zartlichkeit Und Schmeicheln” Lyrics, Translation, and History
Learn the lyrics, translation, and history of this demanding soprano aria, “Durch Zartlichkeit Und Schmeicheln” from Mozart’s opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Lyrics, Translation, and History
Learn the lyrics and English translation of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and the history of its creation.

A Cappella Music - Definition, History, and Evolution
“A Cappella” music is sung without any instrumental accompaniment. Learn the history and evolution of this popular style of music with many included examples.

All You Need to Know About the String Quartet
Discover all you need to know about string quartets, including how they came into existence, notable string quartet composers, and modern uses for the genre.

Leporello's "Catalog Aria" From Mozart's Opera Don Giovanni
Mozart's Don Giovanni wasn't the most moral character; this aria details his many sexual conquests. Learn the lyrics, translation, history, and more!

Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain
Discover the history, notable performances, and different versions of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

The Best Music of Franz Liszt for Your Classical Music Playlist
Looking to add the best music of Franz Liszt to your classical music playlist? You’ve come to the right place! I handpicked eleven of the greatest pieces of music by Franz Liszt.

Funny Opera Bloopers
Watch these funny opera bloopers! No singer is perfect. Even the world's greatest operatic performers make mistakes.

Top 10 Baroque Music
From Bach’s Cello Suites to Allegri’s Miserere, here are my top 10 baroque music picks to add to your classical music collection.

“Si un jour” Lyrics and Translation
Learn the French lyrics and English translation of “Si un jour,” a popular aria based on the melodic overture of Verdi’s opera, La forza del destino.

"Quando Men Vo" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Musetta's aria,

The Story of Verdi's Il Trovatore - Synopsis
Another gem from Verdi's collection of operas, Il Trovatore was composed in 1853. Il Trovatore is a story of a gypsy woman burnt at the stake and her daughter's promise of vengeance, interlaced with a love triangle between a troubadour, count, and noblewoman. Read the entire synopsis of Il Trovatore.

Largo Al Factotum Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics and text translation of Figaro's most unforgettable aria from Rossini's Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Beethoven Music Used in the Movies - List
Beethoven music is extremely popular not just in the music halls, but also on the silver screen. Beethoven's music is used extensively in movies and television. Here's a list of Beethoven music used in movies.

The Story of Bizet's Opera, Carmen (Synopsis)
Learn the story of Bizet's famous opera,

The Peter Pan Ballet: A Synopsis of The Peter Pan Ballet - Act 1
The highly energetic story of Peter Pan exists not only in movies, cartoons and musical theater, but also in ballet. Discover the synopsis of The Peter Pan Ballet.

The Peter Pan Ballet: A Synopsis of The Peter Pan Ballet - Act 2
The highly energetic story of Peter Pan exists not only in movies, cartoons and musical theater, but also in ballet. Discover the synopsis of The Peter Pan Ballet. Page 2.

Top 10 Baroque Period Composers
The Top 10 Baroque Period Composers. From Bach to Monteverdi, see where your favorite Baroque composers rank.

La Traviata Synopsis - An Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, is a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. With famous arias like

"Libiamo, libiamo nelieti calici" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics to Alfredo’s Drinking Song from the first act of Verdi’s opera, La Traviata.

“Sein wir wieder gut” Lyrics and English Translation - Richard Strauss
Sung by the composer in the prologue of Richard Strauss’ opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, learn the lyrics to “Sein wir wieder gut.”

La Bohème Synopsis - Story of Puccini's 1896 Opera
Puccini's great opera, La Bohčme, premiered in 1896 in Turin, and became an instant success. It is now one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. Learn the synopsis of Puccini's opera, La Bohčme.

Pagliacci Synopsis - Leoncavallo's Famous Opera
When it premiered in 1892, Leoncavallo's opera, Pagliacci, was an instant success. Read the synopsis of Pagliacci to learn how its story about clowns unfolds.

“Accourez, habitants des bois!” Lyrics and English Translation
Learn the French lyrics and English translation of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Accourez, habitants des bois” from his opera, Hippolyte et Aricie.

Hippolyte et Aricie Synopsis
Learn the mythological story of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera, Hippolyte et Aricie.

“Non So Piu Cosa Son, Cosa Faccio" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics to Cherubino's aria

Le Nozze Di Figaro Synopsis - The Story of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"
One of Mozart's most popular operas, Le Nozze di Figaro is fantastically comical, albeit confusing in the least regard. Learn the synopsis to Le Nozze di Figaro or

A Profile of Thomas Newman the Film Composer
Thomas Newman, a Hollywood composer heavy weight, has composed the scores for many of Hollywood's best movies. His classical style of music is addicting. Thomas Newman has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and has won a Grammy for composing the main theme of HBO’s hit series Six Feet Under. Did you know several of his family members are also highly credited film composers? Find more about Thomas Newman, the great Hollywood composer.

Claude Debussy Biography (1862-1918)
Claude Debussy was a key composer during the transition between the late Romantic Period to the 20th Century. Learn more about Claude Debussy in this classical music profile.

George Frideric Handel (Profile)
George Frideric Handel was a remarkable composer. Did you know he created the English oratorio? Handel's

Classical Music Prodigies - A Introduction to Extremely Gifted, Young Musicians
Like Mozart, some children possess the extraordinary capability of music comprehension and the talent to perform all before turning 10 years old. Classical music prodigies are quite astounding. Here, you'll find an introduction to several classical music wunderkinds.

Richard Wagner Biography (1813-1883)
Richard Wagner was to opera as Beethoven was to symphony. Wagner, unlike any other composer of his time, was not formally trained in music as a child. However untalented he was playing instruments, his muscical genius within was able to create masterworks. Discover the interesting life of Wagner and his works of art.

Ariadne auf Naxos Synopsis - The Story of Strauss' Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos
Learn the synopsis of Richard Strauss' comic opera, Ariadne auf Naxos.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Biography
This Classical Music profile of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will provide you with the information you need to learn about the life of this magnificent composer.

Mitridate, re di Ponto Synopsis - The Story of Mozart’s Opera, K.87 (1770)
Learn the synopsis of Mozart’s opera, Mitridate, re di Ponto, composed and premiered in 1770.

Rienzi Synopsis - The Story of Wagner’s 5 Act Grand Opera
Learn the synopsis of Wagner’s five act grand opera, Rienzi, premiered in 1842.

2015 Oscar Nominees and Winner for Best Original Score
2015 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score include Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Johann Johannsson, and Gary Yershon. View the 87th Academy Award nominees.

"Allmächt'ger Vater" Lyrics and Translation - Rienzi's Aria from Wagner's Opera Rienzi
Learn the German lyrics to Rienzi's Prayer,

2015 Classical Music Grammy Award Winners
View the classical music winners of the 2015 Grammy Music Awards.

Tannhauser Synopsis - A Summary of Wagner's Opera
Learn the story of Wagner's three act opera, Tannhauser.

Classical Music for Funerals
This selection of classical music can be used during a funeral ceremony to create a memorable and meaningful tribute to those who have passed away.

Classcial Music for Lovers
Romantic evenings, candlelight dinners, Valentine's Day, and other special events, would be incomplete without these classical works and CDs.

Una Furtiva Lagrima Lyrics and English Translation - Nemorino's Aria from Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore"


La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the lyrics to Don José's aria, La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée (the Flower Song), from Bizet's opera, Carmen.

Che Gelida Manina: Text and English Translation
The full Italian text and English translation of 'Che gelida manina' from Giacamo Puccini's famous opera La Boheme

O Sole Mio Lyrics and English Text Translation
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Eduardo di Capua's

Kyrie Text and Translation
The

Famous British Classical Music Composers
Only music composed by British citizens was performed at Price William and Catherine's royal wedding. Many great classical composers have came out of England. Here's a handful of the many British classical composers.

The Requiem Mass - Definition and History
Requiem Masses are composed to honor the deceased. The evolution of the Requiem can be traced back all the way to the 2nd century. The most famous Requiems were composed by Mozart, Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, Beethoven, Duruflé, Fauré and Britten. Discover the history of this unique mass.

Benedictus Text and Translation
The

History Lesson: What is the Kyrie?
The exact creation of the Kyrie is unknown to this day, but researchers have found evidence supporting its inclusion in the Mass.

The Best of Beethoven
From Piano Concerto No. 4 to Symphony No. 9, here are 10 selections of the best Beethoven music.

The Story and Synopsis of Swan Lake - Acts 3 & 4
Learn the story and synopsis of the second half of Tchaikovsky's great ballet, Swan Lake. Page 2.

The Story and Synopsis of Swan Lake - Acts 1 & 2
Swan Lake is a very famous ballet and its music is easily recognizable, but does everyone know what its story is? Discover the story of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake!

2015 Golden Globe Nominees & Winner for Best Original Score
On January 11, 2015, the winners of the Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Film score will be announced. View the nominees and the winner.

“Com’è bello” Lyrics and Translation - Lucrezia’s Aria
Learn the lyrics and English translation of Lucrezia’s beautiful aria, “Com’è bello,” from Donizetti’s opera, Lucrezia Borgia.

Lucrezia Borgia Synopsis
Donizetti’s opera, Lucrezia Borgia, features an extremely challenging soprano role. Learn the synopsis of this famous opera.

Lyrics and Excerpts of Handel's Messiah
Discover the wonderful music and lyrics to Handel's most famous work, The Messiah.

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Symphonies You Should Own
Want to start a symphony collection, but don't know where to begin? Are you looking to expand upon what you already have? This list of symphonies will provide you with a variety of musical styles upon which to build or add to your symphony collection.

The Synopsis of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is one of the most famous ballet's the world has even known. Learn the synopsis of the Nutcracker Ballet.

The Synopsis of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet
Unsure of the story of The Nutcracker? This easy to read synopsis of The Nutcracker will tell you everything you need to know. Page 2.

Great Composers of the Classical Period
Learn about the top classical period composers.

'Panis Angelicus' Lyrics and Text Translation
Composed by Cesar Franck. Classical Music.

The World's Most Performed Operas (2012-13 Season)
Of the thousands of operas performed around the world, there are a handful of composers whose operas are performed more than any of the others - five to be exact: Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, and Bizet. Learn which of their works make up the top 10 operas performed around the world.

Brief Histories of Beethoven Symphonies
Beethoven Symphonies are among the most popular in the world. Brief Histories of Beethoven Symphonies is an easy way to learn about and compare all nine symphonies.

Tosca Synopsis - The Story of Puccini's Famous Opera
This heart-wrenching opera is a tragic tale of love and loss. Though the opera is full of beautiful arias, one of it's most well-known aria's is

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Profile of the Great Composer
Tchaikovsky was an extremely introverted person, despite his ability to hold incredibly animated conversations. Learn more about the life of Tchaikovsky, one of the great composers of the 19th century.

A Profile of the Aria "Nessun Dorma"
Learn about the details and facts of Puccini's famous aria,

Johann Sebastian Bach - Composer Profile
This profile of Johann Sebastian Bach will give you the information you need to understand the life of the

Così fan tutte Synopsis - Mozart's Famous Opera
Composed in 1790, Mozart's famous opera

Famous Baritone Arias - A Few of my Favorite Arias
Looking for new operatic music? Here is a collection of famous baritone arias.

Eight Great Soprano Soloists - Profiles
There have been many great soprano soloists, but only a few make it to the top. These leading sopranos have what it takes to outshine all the others.

Classical Music for Halloween
Want to get away from ghosts, chains, creaking doors, thunder, and screams without losing the spirit of Halloween? Here are a few classical works that are sure to keep Halloween alive without giving you a headache.

Rusalka Opera by Dvorak Synopsis and Plot Summary
First performed in 1901, Dvorak's opera, Rusalka, has become one of, if not, the most famous Czech operas ever written. Learn the story of Rusalka in this opera synopsis.

Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti - A Look at Luciano Pavarotti's Performance of "Nessun Dorma"


Credo Text and Translation - Classical Music
Read the English to Latin Translation of The Credo, now know as the Apostles' Creed in the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church.

Beethoven's Love Letter - My Eternally Beloved
Beethoven's love letter, found after his death, is very famous and often quoted. Read Beethoven's love letter to learn about Beethoven's character.

Top 10 Classical Works You Can Sing, but You Can't Name
People all over the world are more familiar with classical music than they think, but they lack the facts necessary to help them find the pieces they love. Here are ten of the most popular pieces of classical music that many people can sing, but can't name.

Top 10 Classical Works You Can Sing but Not Name
If you find yourself singing or humming a classical music piece that you can't name, chances are you're going to have a hard time finding it at the store. And trust me, you are not alone! Here are ten of the most popular pieces of classical music that many people can sing, but can't name. Page 2.

Ludwig Van Beethoven Beginners Guide
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's most famous and influential composers of classical music. His music has been played all over the world for over 180 years. However, there are many people out there left in the dark about the facts, life, and music of Beethoven. In this Beginners Guide to Beethoven, you'll find links to biographies, histories, CD recommendations, and sound clips of Beethoven's music.

Gustav Mahler - a Profile of Composer Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler was a passionate composer and an extremely talented conductor. His romantic period symphonies became personal statements of his innermost feelings. Because he was a perfectionist, many of the people he worked with, especially the musicians and performers, did not like him all too well. Nevertheless, Mahler's musical career was extremely successful.

The Genius of Mozart All Before The Age of 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a classical music prodigy. Almost anyone who's familiar with Mozart, knows that his musical genius was apparent not long after he was born. In this except, you'll discover just how brilliant he was all before turning the age of 10!

"Va, Pensiero" ("Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves") - Lyrics
The lyrics in Italian and English to this beloved chorus from Verdi's opera, Nabucco.

Different Classical Piano Music Styles
Classical piano music comes in a variety of musical genres. In this article, you'll find descriptions and recommendations of the different types of classical piano music.

Lakme Synopsis - The Story of Delibes' Opera
Composed in 1881 and premiered two years later, Leo Delibes opera, Lakme, was a great success. Learn the synopsis of Lakme.

Top Ten Yo-Yo Ma Albums - Classical Music
Yo-Yo Ma boasts an incredibly large repertoire library, so it can be hard to choose which album you should buy (unless you have the option of buying them all). This top ten list of Yo-Yo Ma albums will help you decide which album suites you best.

Antonin Dvorak - Classical Composer Profile
Dvorak's musical talents and skills earned him honorary doctorates, prestigious awards, and other special honors.

Antonio Vivaldi - Biography and Profile
Antonio Vivaldi wrote an extraordinary amount of music. He composed 500 concertos, 21 operas, and 90 sonatas. Vivaldi, taught by his father, learned to play the violin as a child. Of his 500 concertos, 230 are for solo violin and strings.

Where did opera originate?
Discover the origins of opera in this opera FAQ.

"O Sole Mio" - A Profile of the Famous Song "O Sole Mio"


“Qui la voce sua soave” Lyrics and Translation from Bellini’s I puritani
Learn the lyrics and English translation of Elvira’s aria, “Qui la voce sua soave,” sung in the 2nd act of Bellini’s opera, I puritani.

I puritani Synopsis - An Opera by Vincenzo Bellini
Composed in 1834-35, with a libretto by Italian poet, Count Carlo Pepoli, learn the synopsis of Bellini’s final opera, I puritani.

The Nutcracker Profile: The History of The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet is perhaps the most famous of all ballets. Since its original creation, The Nutcracker has gone through its fair share of changes. Marius Pepita, world renowned choreographer, staged the production, but complained that Tchaikovsky's music was too complex to dance too. Tchaikovsky's music was ahead of its time. It wasn't until George Balachine re-staged The Nutcracker in 1954; that it became widely popular. Discover more history about the famous Nutcracker Ballet.

Erik Satie - Trois Gymnopedies
Erik Satie's Trois Gymnopedies are wonderful pieces of music for piano. Learn about the background of Satie's Gymnopedies.

A Synopsis of The Sleeping Beauty Ballet - Act 1
The Sleeping Beauty is an age old tale portrayed in many story books, movies, cartoons, television, and of course, ballet. If you are unfamiliar with the story of The Sleeping Beauty, then you are in luck. This easy to read synopsis of The Sleeping Beauty will fill you in.

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet: A Synopsis of The Sleeping Beauty Ballet - Act 2 & 3
The Sleeping Beauty is an age old tale portrayed in many story books, movies, cartoons, television, and of course, ballet. If you are unfamiliar with the story of The Sleeping Beauty, then you are in luck. This easy to read synopsis of The Sleeping Beauty will fill you in. Page 2.

"Fur Elise" by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven's. Classical Music.

Top 10 Operas
Operabase compiles a statistical database of operas performed around the world.  Every few years, they sort through the data to determine which operas were

The Death of Klinghoffer Synopsis
Learn the synopsis of the controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, by composer, John Adams.

Meco all’altar di Venere Text and Translation
Sung by Pollione in Bellini’s opera, Norma, learn the lyrics and translation of “Meco all’altar di Venere.”

The Best Scary Classical Music for Halloween
Beware! Don't listen to this scary classical music alone in the dark. Perfect for Halloween, this haunting classical music will surely frighten anyone within earshot.

“The Turn of the Screw” Opera Synopsis
This spooky opera, premiered in 1954, was composed by Benjamin Britten. The libretto is based on the same titled novella by Henry James.

Luciano Pavarotti Trivia - Interesting Facts about the famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti was one of the most celebrated and admired operatic tenors of the 20th Century. Learn interesting facts and trivia about the beloved Luciano Pavarotti.

Miserere mei, Deus Lyrics and English Translation
Written in the early baroque period, Allegri's

The Best Classical Violin Music
The best classical violin music comes from many composers including Haydn, Mendelsson, Mozart, and even Duke Ellington.

“Questa o quella” Lyrics and English Translation - The Duke’s Aria from Verdi’s Opera, Rigoletto
“Questa o quella” is sung in the first act of Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto. Learn the lyrics and English translation of the Duke’s aria.

Lesser Known Facts about Beethoven
Discover the facts about Beethoven that most people don't know about.

Lesser Known Facts about Classical Composers and Musicians
It's great to know about what pieces composers wrote or what performers perform them best, but what about the other facts? Those are just as interesting. These pages will reveal the lesser known facts about classical composers and musicians.

Die Fledermaus Synopsis - The Story of Johann Strauss' Operetta
Learn the synopsis of Johann Strauss' opera, Die Fledermaus, premiered in 1874.

D'amour l'ardente flamme Lyrics and Translation - Marguerite's Aria from Berlioz' Opera, La Damnation de Faust
Learn the lyrics to the beautiful aria

The Story of Bellini's Opera - Norma Synopsis
Learn the story of Bellini's famous opera, Norma, which premiered in Milan in 1831, in this opera synopsis.

“Autrefois un roi de Thulé” Lyrics and English Translation
Understand the French lyrics to Berlioz’ aria, “Autrefois un roi de Thulé,” sung by Marguerite, with this English translation.

Seiji Ozawa - A Profile of the Great Conductor
Conductor Seiji Ozawa biography. Learn about the life and career of Conductor Seiji Ozawa.

Mein Herr Marquis, ein Mann wie Sie Lyrics and Translation - Adele’s Aria from Strauss’ Opera, Die Fledermaus
Learn the lyrics to Adele’s aria, “Mein Herr Marquis, ein Mann wie Sie” from the second act of Johann Strauss’ opera, Die Fledermaus.

Synopsis of Verdi's Opera 'Nabucodonosor'
Learn the synopsis of Verdi's third opera, Nabucodonosor (Nabucco for short), composed in 1842.

“Addio del passato” Lyrics and Translation - Violetta’s Aria from Verdi’s opera, La Traviata
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Violetta’s aria, “Addio del passato,” from Verdi’s opera, La Triviata.

'Donde Lieta Uscì' Lyrics and Text Translation
Sung by Mimi in the third act of Puccini’s most famous opera, La Bohème, this gorgeous aria is Mimi’s goodbye speech to her lover after they both agree it would be best to separate. Learn the lyrics and English translation of “Donde pieta usci.”

Billboard’s Top 10 Classical Music Albums - June 21, 2014
Two artists take up 40% of this week’s top 10 rankings. Discover Billboard’s top ten classical music albums for the week of June 21, 2014.

Classical Music for Children
Children learn at a young age that classical music can be boring. Children don't quite comprehend the complexities and meanings of classical music. Here are five ways to introduce classical music to your children in exciting activities that they can relate to. Page 2.

5 Ways to Introduce Your Children to Classical Music
Children learn at a young age that classical music can be boring. Children don't quite comprehend the complexities and meanings of classical music. Here are five ways to introduce classical music to your children in exciting activities that they can relate to.

La battaglia di Legnano Synopsis - The Story of Verdi’s 4 Act Opera
Verdi’s opera, La Battaglia di Legnano, premiered in 1849, and has since then remained popular enough to be regularly performed in opera house all around the world to this day. Learn the synopsis of La Battaglia di Legnano.

"Agrippina" Opera by Handel - Synopsis
Since its premiere in 1709, Handel's opera, Agrippina, has been quite successful. Learn the synopsis of Agrippina.

"Salome" Opera by Strauss - Synopsis
Learn the story of this famous one-act opera by Richard Strauss. When it premiered in 1905, Salome was quite controversial, but very successful. Learn the synopsis of Strauss' opera, Salome.

"Don Pasquale" Opera by Donizetti - Synopsis
Another frequently performed opera is Donizetti's

Modest Mussorgsky Profile
Modest Mussorgsky, best known for his works like Night on Bald Mountain, was a Russian classical composer who often refused to practice western rules of composition. His innovative musical style, many times inspired by Russian fairytales and folklore, helped create a path for national Russian school of music. Learn more about the life of Modest Mussorgsky.