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"Der Rosenkavalier" Opera by Strauss - Synopsis
Premiered in 1911, learn the synopsis of Richard Strauss' famous opera, Der Rosenkavalier.

Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words for Piano
Mendelssoh's Songs Without Words are a collection of short melodic songs for piano that are quite lovely. Songs Without Words has many famous pieces of music including the ghostly

"Eugene Onegin" Opera by Tchaikovsky - Synopsis
Since its first premier in 1879, Tchaikovsky's opera, Eugene Onegin, has been consistently performed throughout the world. Learn the synopsis to this popular opera.

"Der Freischütz" Opera by Weber - Synopsis
Learn the synopsis of Carl Maria von Weber's opera, Der Freischutz.

Classical Music Mix CDs for Beginners List
For beginners, classical music can be very hard to get into, especially with the amount of classical music available. These five classical music compilation CDs are great for you classical music beginners to start your journey of exploration and discovery of great classical music.

Hard to Find Classical Music Search Tips
Let's face it, classical music can be hard to find. Where are you supposed to start searching for music? What if you don't know the name of the piece or the composer... or worse, BOTH? Well, here are a few tips to help you find that hard to find classical music.

10 Horror Film Soundtracks of 2012
Here are ten of the best horror film soundtracks from 2012.

Manon Synopsis - The Story of Massenet's Opera
The synopsis of Massenet's Manon is a sad story of a sheltered young woman who runs from her predetermined life as a nun. Choosing wealth over love, young Manon finally realizes the folly of her ways. Learn how the opera ends in this synopsis of Massenet's Manon.

"Songs My Mother Taught Me" - Lyrics and Translation
A song by Antonín Dvorak from his Gypsy Songs Cycle

The Synopsis of Billy Budd: Opera by Benjamin Britten
Based on the novel by Herman Melville, Benjamin Britten's opera tells the story of Captain Vere and his reflections upon past memories and experiences with Billy Budd aboard the HMS Indomitable. Read the synopsis of Billy Budd.

Classical Music Composer Timeline - Renaissance to Present
Here's a short and concise classical music composer timeline. From Bach to Bernstein and many classical composers in between, you'll see that many composers' timelines overlapped each other.

"O quante volte" Lyrics and Text Translation - "O quante volte" Giulietta's Aria from Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi


Cinderella Ballet History and Synopsis
The timeless classic of Cinderella has transcended through time since the ancient Chinese civilizations. Over 1,500 versions of the tale of Cinderella exist, but the one we are most familiar with is the base of the Cinderella ballet. The most common production of the Cinderella ballet is relatively young. The music was created by Prokofiev in 1940 and finished in 1944. Discover the interesting history behind this classic ballet.

'Stride La Vampa' Aria Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics to Azucena's aria from Verdi's Il Trovatore.

Composer A. R. Rahman - Life and Career Profile
Famed film composer, A. R. Rahman has been awarded and nominated for over 100 different awards. A. R. Rahman won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for his work in

Puccini's Musetta's Waltz - Scene and Lyrics
Learn about the scene and the lyrics of

Hansel and Gretel Opera Synopsis and Summary
Learn the synopsis of Engelbert Humperdinck fairytale opera, Hansel and Gretel. Composed in 1881, Humperdinck's opera has been delighting audiences ever since.

Soprano Renee Fleming - Life and Career Biography
Born on February 14th, 1959, Renée Fleming has won the hearts of classical music lovers all over the world. The rich, lyric soprano from Indiana, PA began her collegiate musical studies in upstate New York. Many people are blessed with talent, but Renée has reached the top because of her utter commitment, exemplary dedication, and her genuine human nature.

Fleming, Renée: A Biography of Renée Fleming
Born on February 14th, 1959, Renée Fleming has won the hearts of classical music lovers all over the world. The rich, lyric soprano from Indiana, PA began her collegiate musical studies in upstate New York. Many people are blessed with talent, but Renée has reached the top because of her utter commitment, exemplary dedication, and her. Page 2.

Werther Synopsis - the Story of Jules Massenet's Opera
Jules Massenet's opera, Werther, premiered in Vienna in 1892. Learn the story of Werther in this opera synopsis.

Black Swan Original Film Score - Review
Black Swan, one of 2011's most popular movies, isn't only about the great story and acting. It's also about the music. Here's my review of the amazing Black Swan soundtrack by Clint Mansell.

What Is Opera? - Classical Music Index
An opera is a staged dramatic work that is entirely sung. However, there are many exceptions to this rule.

Composer Charles Ives - Life and Career Profile
Charles Ives, one of the greatest American composers of the 20th century, lead a very different life from that of other famous composers. Discover the history and life of this well known classical composer, Charles Ives.

Composer Howard Shore Life and Career Profile
Howard Shore is best known for composing the score for

Classical Recordings of Popular Ballets (Top List)
Ballet isn't only known for great dancing, it's also know for great classical music. I've compiled a list of seven fantastic recordings of seven of the most popular ballets. From Swan Lake to The Nutcracker and from Sleeping Beauty to Peter Pan, I have no doubt you'll fall in love with these classical music albums.

Verdi's Caro Nome Lyrics and Text Translation
Caro Nome lyrics and english text translation from Verdi's famous opera, Rigoletto.

Faust Synopsis - The Story of Gounod's Opera
This five act opera, Faust, by Charles Gounod, is loosely based on Goethe's three part tragedy, Faust. The opera premiered in 1859, in Paris, France. Read the synopsis of Gounod's Faust.

The Cinderella Ballet: Act 1 - Synopsis
There are over 1,500 versions of Cinderella today. Luckily, the story of the Cinderalla Ballet is one most people are familiar with. If you are unsure, or would just like to read the story again, this Cinderella Ballet synopsis is perfect for you.

The Cinderella Ballet: A Synopsis of the Cinderella Ballet - Act 2
There are over 1,500 versions of Cinderella today. Luckily, the story of the Cinderalla Ballet is one most people are familiar with. If you are unsure, or would just like to read the story again, this Cinderella Ballet synopsis is perfect for you. Page 2.

"Bell Song" Lakme's Aria - Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics and translation of Lakme's iconic aria

Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin - Synopsis
With music by George Gershwin, and a libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, the opera, Porgy and Bess, portrays the African American life in the made-up town of Catfish Row in the 1920s. Learn the synopsis of Porgy and Bess.

Romantic Classical Piano Music List
Nothing sets the romantic mood better than romantic classical music. Update your classical music library with this romantic piano music playlist.

"The Flying Dutchman" Opera by Wagner - Synopsis
What is view as a pivotal turning point in Wagner's maturity, the Flying Dutchman is a one act opera (though sometimes split into three) telling a scary story of a sailor and his daughter caught pin a violent storm out on the sea. Read the entire Flying Dutchman synopsis.

Concerto Grosso - Meaning and Definition
Concerto grosso (Italian, meaning

Famous Asian Classical Music Composers
Classical music isn't just for the Western world. Learn about these famous, world renowned Asian classical composers.

Five Popular Luciano Pavarotti Albums
Luciano Pavarotti is possibly one of the greatest tenors the world has ever known, at least in the 20th and 21st centuries. Here are five of the best, or most popular, Luciano Pavarotti albums. If you don't own any Luciano Pavarotti albums, you should definitely consider purchasing one of these.

"Bella Siccome Un Angelo" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics and English translation of Donizetti's

"Près des remparts de Séville" Lyrics and Translation
Learn the lyrics to Carmen's aria from the popular opera by Bizet.

2014 Classical Music Festivals
What is a classical music lover to do in the summer after the classical music season has ended? Look no further than these ten exciting classical music festivals for the 2014 summer season!

Adriana Lecouvreur Synopsis - The Story of Cilea's Opera, Adriana Lecouvreur
Learn the synopsis of Francesco Cilea's 1902, four act opera, Adriana Lecouvreur.

La Calisto Synopsis - The Story of Francesco Cavalli's Opera
This early baroque period opera by Francesco Cavalli was based on Callisto from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Learn the synopsis of Cavalli's La Calisto.

Quintessential Mahler Music
Discover the great music of Gustav Mahler with these quintessential Mahler recordings performed by some of the world's most esteemed orchestras and singers.

La Finta Giardiniera Synopsis - The Story of Mozart's Opera, La Finta Giardiniera
Learn the synopsis of Mozart's opera, La Finta Giardiniera, composed and premiered in 1775, when Mozart was eighteen years old.

La fanciulla del West Synopsis
Premiered at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1910, learn the synopsis of Puccini's opera, La fanciulla del West.

Die tote Stadt Synopsis - The Story of Korngold's Opera, Die tote Stadt
Korngold's opera, Die tote Stadt, double premiered in 1920. Learn the synopsis of this surprising opera.

The Most Riveting Performance of The Queen of the Night Aria You'll Probably Ever See
I can't imagine what the world was like without YouTube.  Yes, I know the company is barely 6 years old now, but the amount of videos uploaded is phenomenal.

What is the translation of the "Gloria"?
Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax

2012 Classical Music Grammy Award Winners - 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Here are the winners of the 54th annual Grammy Awards for classical music.

Top Selling Classical Albums in 2011
Here are Billboard's top selling classical music albums of 2011, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

2013 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
Take a look at the five original scores nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Original Score.

2014 Golden Globe Nominees for Best Original Score
View the nominees of the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Original Film Score, presented on January 12, 2014.

2014 Oscar Nominees and Winner for Best Original Score
View the 86th Annual Academy Award nominees for best original score, presented on March 2, 2014.

Recommended Orchestral Video Game Soundtracks
Orchestral video game soundtracks make great additions to any classical music collection. Here are a list of orchestral video game soundtracks I highly recommend.

Summer Classical Music Festivals 2013 - A Listing of 2013's Summer Classical Music Concerts
From Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood to Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Music Festival, there are plenty of summer classical music festivals to enjoy in 2013. Plan a weekend getaway or maybe a week-long vacation!

9/11 Classical Music - A Musical Tribute to Major Tragedy
There have been many artistic tributes to the tragedy of 9/11, including classical music. Here are ten pieces of classical music dedicated to the horrible events and lost lives of 9/11.

Francesca da Rimini Synopsis - The Story of Riccardo Zandonai's Opera
Zandonai's most popular opera

Agnus Dei Text and English Translation


Maria Stuarda Synopsis - The Story of Donizetti's Opera, Maria Stuarda
Donizetti's opera, Maria Stuarda, tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scotland, and Elizabeth, Queen of England. Learn the plot of Donizetti's tragic opera in this Maria Stuarda synopsis.

"Sempre Libera" Lyrics and Text Translation - Violetta's Aria from Verdi's La Traviata


"Mi Chiamano Mimi" Lyrics and Text Translation
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Mimi's aria,

Finding Classical Music Using Shazam
Even for the seasoned listener, hearing a classical music piece can often be almost impossible to identify. A new service offered by Shazam promises to name the piece of music you hear by holding the microphone of your mobile devise to the sound source. However, as wonderful as that may be, it has its limitations within the classical music realm.

Schubert's Gretchen Am Spinnrade - Text and Translation
The English translation of Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade.

A Beginners Guide to Classical Music
Classical Music 101 is a beginners guide to classical music.

Verdi's Dies Irae Lyrics and Text Translation
Lyrics and English text translation of Verdi's Dies Irae.

Looney Tunes Opera Cartoons - Bugs Bunny
Learn more about

The Sanctus Text - Translation and Links
A transcript and translation of the Sanctus, the conclusion to the Preface of the Mass and part of the hymn Te Deum.

"Il Dolce Suono" Lyrics and Text Translations
The

"O Du, Mein Holder Abendstern" Lyrics Translation
Here's one of the most beautiful baritone arias ever composed. Learn the lyrics to Wolfram's aria from Wagner's Tannhäuser.

Peter Grimes - 3-Act Opera Synopsis
Synopsis of Benjamin Britten's first successful opera, Peter Grimes. Britten's Peter Grimes takes place in an English fishing village in early 19th century.

Four Last Minute Classical Music Christmas Gifts - Classical Music Gift Cards
Here are four last minute classical music Christmas gifts.

2010 Grammy Winners - Grammy Award Winners for Classical Music
Here are the 2010 Grammy Award winners for classical music.

2010 Grammy Winners - Grammy Award Winners for Classical Music
Here are the 2010 Grammy Award winners for classical music.

La Rondine Synopsis - The Story of Puccini’s 3 Act Opera
Learn the synopsis of Puccini’s 1917 opera, La Rondine.

A Profile of Erik Satie, Classical Music Composer
Erik Satie (1866-1925) was an eccentric French composer and pianist whose music can be described as avant-garde and minimal. Not only was he a composer, he was also an author. Learn more about Erik Satie in this profile.

The Ballad of Baby Doe Synopsis - The Story of Douglas Moore's 2 Act Opera
One of the only American operas in standard operatic repertoire, Douglas Moore's 1956 opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe, premiered in Central City, Colorado. Learn the synopsis of The Ballad of Baby Doe.

The Consul Synopsis
20th century composer, Gian Carlo Menotti premiered his first opera, The Consul, in 1950, which earned him the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Learn the synopsis of The Consul.

Fidelio Synopsis
Beethoven’s first and only opera, Fidelio, was premiered in 1805. The opera underwent many revisions, like any Beethoven piece, but it has remained successful. Learn the synopsis of Fidelio.

Il re pastore Synopsis - The Story of Mozart's Two Act Opera
Learn the synopsis of Mozart's two-act opera, Il re pastore, premiered in 1775 in the city of Salzburg.

The Met: Live in HD - 2012-2013 Season
Now in its 9th year, the popular performance series, The Met: Live in HD, has released its 2012-2013 schedule. With 12 exciting shows included a handful of new productions, the 2012-13 Live in HD season is going to be fantastic.

Beethoven and Haydn - Facts about Beethoven
Learn a fact about Beethoven's relationship with famed composer, Franz Josef Haydn.

"Alma Redemptoris Mater" Lyrics and Translation - Palestrina's "Alma Redemptoris Mater"
Learn the Latin lyrics and English translation of Palestrina's beautiful

Ralph Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on Christmas Carols"
Learn about the less frequently performed classical piece,

"D'amore al dolce impero" Lyrics and Translation - Armida's Aria from Rossini's Opera, Armida
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Armida's aria,

"Connais-tu le pays" Lyrics and Text Translation - Mignon's Aria from Ambroise Thomas' Opera, Mignon
Learn the lyrics to Mignon's aria

"Es gibt ein Reich" Lyrics and Translation - Ariadne's Aria from Strauss' Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos
Learn the German lyrics and English translation of Ariadne's dramatic aria,

"Was duftet doch der Flieder" Lyrics and Text Translation - Sachs's Aria from Wagner's Opera, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Learn the lyrics to the beautiful baritone aria,

"Ich lade gern mir Gaste ein" Lyrics and Translation - Prince Orlofsky's Aria from Strauss' Opera, Die Fledermaus
Learn the German lyrics and English translation of

"Je vais le voir" Text and English Translation - Hero's Aria from Berlioz' Opera, Beatrice et Benedict
Learn the lyrics to this lovely soprano aria,

"Quel guardo, il cavaliere" Lyrics and Text Translation - Norina's Aria from Donizetti's Opera, Don Pasquale
Learn the lyrics to Norina's aria,

Salve Regina Latin Text and English Translation
The Salve Regina prayer is heard in many classical settings. Learn the Latin text of Salve Regina along with the English translation.

"Ah, je ris de me voir" Lyrics and Translation - Marguerite's Aria from Gounod's Opera, Faust
Learn the lyrics to this lighthearted and joyous aria sung by Marguerite in Gounod's opera, Faust.

"Credo in un Dio crudel" Lyrics and Text Translation - Iago's Aria from Verdi's Opera, Otello
Learn the lyrics to Iago's aria,

"Zeffiretti lusinghieri" Lyrics and Text Translation - Ilia's aria from Mozart's Opera, Idomeneo
Learn the lyrics and text translation to Ilia's aria

"A un dottor della mia sorte" Lyrics and English Translation - Dr. Bartolo's Aria from Rossini's Opera, The Barber of Seville
Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation to Dr. Bartolo's aria,

"In uomini, in soldati" Lyrics and Text Translation - Despina's Aria from Mozart's Opera, Cosi fan tutte
Learn the lyrics to Despina's aria,

La Gioconda Synopsis - The Story of Ponchielli's Four Act Opera, La Gioconda
Ponchielli's opera, La Gioconda, premiered in 1876, and became one of the major Italian operas at a time when Verdi's compositions were extremely popular. Learn the synopsis of La Gioconda.

Le Cid Opera Synopsis - The Story of Jules Massenet's Opera, Le Cid
Composed in 1885, the opera, Le Cid, was rather successful. However, it fell out of favor in the late 1910s and it is rarely performed today. Learn the synopsis of Jules Massenet's opera, Le Cid.

Les Huguenots Synopsis - The Story of Meyerbeer's Opera, Les Huguenots
Learn the synopsis of Meyerbeer's famous five act opera, Les Huguenots.

Mignon Synopsis - The Story of Ambroise Thomas' Opera, Mignon
Learn the story of Ambroise Thomas' 1866 opera, Mignon, in this opera synopsis.

Rinaldo Synopsis - The Story of George Frideric Handel's 1711 Opera
At its premiere at the Queen's Theatre in London, Handel's opera, Rinaldo, was quite successful. The opera was the first Italian opera written for the English stage. Learn the synopsis of Handel's 1711 opera, Rinaldo.

Les pecheurs de perles Synopsis - The Story of Bizet's Opera, Les pecheurs de perles
Learn the story of Georges Bizet's opera, Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers).

Un ballo in maschera Synopsis - The Story of Verdi's Opera Un ballo in maschera
Learn the story of Verdi's opera, Un ballo in maschera in this opera synopsis.

Robert le diable Synopsis - The Story of Meyerbeer's Opera, Robert the Devil
Premiered in 1831, Meyerbeer's opera

A Synopsis of Rossini's La Cenerentola
Rossini's take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, his opera, La Cenerentola, is considered to be one of his greatest operatic achievements. Learn the story of Rossini's opera, La Cenerentola.

Lohengrin Synopsis - The Story of Wagner's Opera, Lohengrin
First performed in 1850, Lohengrin is a three act romantic period opera. Learn the story of Wagner's opera, Lohengrin, in this opera synopsis.

Simon Boccanegra Synopsis - The Story of Verdi's Opera
First performed in 1857, read the synopsis of Verdi's opera, Simon Boccanegra.

La Sonnambula Synopsis - The Story of Bellini's Opera "La Sonnambula"
Learn the synopsis of Bellini's opera, La Sonnambula, composed in 1831.

Le Comte Ory Synopsis - The Story of Rossini's Opera, Le Comte Ory
Learn the synopsis of Rossini's opera, Le Comte Synopsis.

Oberto Synopsis - the Story of Verdi's First Opera, Oberto
Composed in 1839, Verdi's first opera, Oberto, is rarely performed. Learn the story of Verdi's Oberto, in this opera synopsis.

Thais Opera Synopsis - The Story of Jules Massenet's Opera, Thais
Learn the story of Jules Massenet's famous opera, Thais, in this opera synopsis.

Vanessa Synopsis - The Story of Samuel Barber’s Opera, Vanessa
Learn the story of Samuel Barber’s 20th century opera, Vanessa, in this opera synopsis.

Berlioz' Opera "Les Troyens" Synopsis - The Story of Berlioz Opera
Composed in 1858, the libretto of Berlioz' opera

Daphne Synopsis - The Story of Strauss' One-Act Opera, Daphne
This popular opera premiered in 1938. Learn the story of Strauss' one-act opera, Daphne, in this synopsis.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann Synopsis - The Story of Offenbach's Opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffman), composed by Jacques Offenbach, was based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's short stories. Learn the synopsis to the fantastic opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

La Clemenza di Tito Synopsis - The Story of Mozart's Opera " La Clemenza di Tito"
Mozart's two-act opera, La Clemenza di Tito was composed in 1791. Learn the synopsis of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Giulio Cesare Synopsis - The Story of Handel's 3 Act Opera
Learn the story of Handel's popular opera, Giulio Cesare, first performed in 1724, in this synopsis.

Elektra Synopsis - The Story of Strauss' One-Act Opera
Learn the synopsis of Richard Strauss' one-act opera, Elekra, composed in 1909.

Don Carlo Synopsis - The Story of Verdi's Opera, Don Carlo
Learn the story of Verdi's opera, Don Carlo, in this Don Carlo synopsis.

Verdi's Attila - The Synopsis of Giuseppe Verdi's Opera, Attila
Based on the play, Attila, König der Hunnen (Attila, King of the Huns) by Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner, Verdi's three act opera about tells the story of Attila the Hun and his downfall in Rome. Read the synopsis of Verdi's Attila.

Arabella Synopsis - The Story of Richard Strauss' Opera, Arabella
Learn the synopsis of Richard Strauss' less frequently performed opera, Arabella, written in 1933.

Guillaume Tell (William Tell) Synopsis - The Story of Rossini's Last Opera, Guillaume Tell
Learn the story of Rossini's last opera, Guillaume Tell (William Tell), based on Friedrich Schiller's play, William Tell.

Dialogues des carmélites Synopsis - The Story of Francis Poulenc Opera, Dialogues des carmélites
Learn the story of Poulenc's opera, Dialogues des carmelites, in this opera synopsis.

Idomeneo Synopsis - The Story of Mozart's Opera, Idomeneo
After its premier in 1781, this post Trojan War opera was a great success. Learn the synopsis of Mozart's famous opera, Idomeneo.

The Synopsis of Armida - Learn the Story of Rossini's Opera, Armida
Rossini's 1817 opera, Armida, is home to one of the most challenging soprano roles in operatic repertoire. Learn the synopsis to Rossini's opera, Armida.

Gianni Schicchi Synopsis - The Story of Puccini's Opera "Gianni Schicchi"
Learn the story of Puccini's opera,

Cavalleria Rusticana Synopsis - A One Act Opera by Pietro Mascagni
Learn the synopsis of Pietro Mascagni's one act opera, Cavalleria Rusticana.

Amahl and the Night Visitors Synopsis - The Story of Menotti's Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors
Learn the synopsis of NBC's 1950 commissioned opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti.

Falstaff Synopsis - The Story of Verdi's Comic Opera
Verdi wrote over 20 operas, but only two of them were comical - Falstaff was one of them. This farcical opera, full of deceit, focuses on one fat old knight's attempt to get money by promising his heart and status to two wealthy women. However, the two women realize they have been sent identical love letters and concoct a plan to punish him as well as teach him a lesson. Read the entire synopsis of Verdi's Falstaff.

Ernani Synopsis - The Story of Verdi's Opera, Ernani
Composed in 1844, Verdi's opera, Ernani, was the great composer's fifth opera. Ernani is an opera that is rarely performed outside of large opera houses, but it has been gaining popularity within the last 20 years. Read the synopsis of Ernani.

Anna Bolena Synopsis - The Story of Donizetti's Opera, Anna Bolena
Learn the story of Donizetti's opera, Anna Bolena, in this synopsis.

Rodelinda Synopsis - The Story of Handel's Opera, Rodelinda
Composed in 1719, Handel's opera, Rodelinda, is a story about love, power, heartbreak, and forgiveness within the walls of the royal family's palace. Read the entire story of Handel's Rodelinda.

La Favorita Synopsis - The Story of Gaetano Donizetti 4 Act Opera
Donizetti’s four act opera, La Favorita (The Favorite), was premiered in 1840. Read this La Favorita synopsis to discover what happens in this opera.

Mozart - Serenade No. 10 "Gran Partita" K. 361 - Classical Music CD Review
A review of Mozart - Serenade No. 10

Classical Music Glossary | Concerto
Definition of classical term: concerto.

Lucia di Lammermoor Synopsis - The Story of Donizetti's Famous Opera
Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, tells a tragic story of a young woman forced to marry a man she doesn't love in order to bring wealth back to the family. Her secret love affair with the family's rival doesn't make matters any easier for Lucia. Learn to full story in this synopsis of Lucia di Lammermoor.

A Profile of The Enchanted Island - An Opera Written by Jeremy Sams
Learn about the Metropolitan's newest production, The Enchanted Island. Written by Jeremy Sams, the new opera features music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and other baroque composers.

Online Classical Music Radio
There are many websites that stream classical music to your computer for free. These online classical music radios are great way to experience the fantastic music by many of history's greatest composers. I've compiled these online radio stations into a list for you. Now choose the station you like without having to search for them individually.

Catcerto - A Look at the Catcerto for Nora The Piano Cat and orchestra
Catcerto, a four minute orchestral piece featuring Nora the Piano Cat, was composed by Lithuanian conductor/composer, Minaugas Piecaitis, and premiered on June 5, 2009, at the KlaipÄ—da Concert Hall in KlaipÄ—da, Lithuania. Its YouTube video has been viewed over 1 million times! Learn more about Catcerto and why people like it!

Advice on Mahler from the Classical Music Forum
Read the advice the users on the Classical Music Forum are giving about Gustav Mahler. You'll find it very interesting and extremely helpful.

Best Romantic Classical Music
Finding romantic classical music can be a hard thing to do, especially if you have no idea what you're looking for. Here is a list of romantic classical music albums that will help you, or at least lead you, in the right direction.

Coppélia: A Synopsis of Coppélia - Acts 2 & 3
Coppélia is a timeless ballet about the story of a young couple in love and their battle between idealism and realism. Discover the synopsis of Coppélia. Page 2.

A Synopsis of the Ballet, Coppélia - Act 1
Coppélia is a timeless ballet about the story of a young couple in love and their battle between idealism and realism. Discover the synopsis of Coppélia.

A Classical Music Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery.

Frederic Chopin - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 10.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 2.

Franz Josef Haydn - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 3.

Johann Sebastian Bach - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 4.

Johannes Brahms - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 5.

Antonin Dvorak - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 6.

Richard Wagner - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
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Gustav Mahler - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 8.

Antonio Vivaldi - Classical Composer Picture Gallery
If these popular composers were alive today, would you be able to recognize then when passing them on the street? If not, stop by this classical composer picture gallery. Page 9.

What was the nickname given to Haydn's Symphony No. 94?
What was the nickname given to Haydn's Symphony No. 94? Learn the answer here!

Erik Satie Composed 6 Pieces for Piano Called "Gnossiennes."
Erik Satie wrote six piano pieces called

The Nickname Given to Haydn's Symphony No. 94 was the "Surprise" Symphony.
The Nickname Given to Haydn's Symphony No. 94 was the

Who composed the famous "Moonlight" Sonata?
Who composed the famous

The composer of the famous "Moonlight" Sonata is...
The composer of the famous

Handel's Famous Christmas Time Piece of Music
What piece did Handel compose that is most performed during Christmas? Page 5.

The Music Handel Composed that is Most Performed During Christmas is The Messiah
The music Handel wrote that is most performed during Christmas is The Messiah. Page 6.

Puccini's Famous Aria, "Nessun Domra," Comes from What Opera?
Puccini's famous aria,

Classical Music Quiz - A Quick Quiz to Test Your Classical Music Knowledge
Test your classical music knowledge in this quick classical music quiz. Page 8.

Erik Satie Wrote 6 of These Short Pieces for Piano
Can you name the 6 short piano pieces composed by Erik Satie that did not fit into any of the existing styles of classical music at the time? Page 9.

Animusic - Computer Animated Music
Animusic is a fantastic blend of computer generated imagery and music. Animusic can be a great tool in introducing children to music, and can even capture the imagination of adults.

A Beginner's First Symphony
I received an email from a concerned beginner, nervous about attending their first classical music symphony for a school assignment. Obviously, not everyone attending a classical concert for the first time is for an assignment, but these simple per-concert preparations will ensure a much more enjoyable time for every beginner.

Classical Music for Your Life's Playlists
If you're wanting to throw some classical music into your life's playlists, here are some suggestions.

Quintessential Mozart - Classical Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the greatest classical composers of all time, yet there are many people unfamiliar with his works. This list of quintessential music by Mozart is sure to help the beginner expand their musical horizon.

The Biedermeier Culture - The Rise of the Middle Class and the Related Works of Schubert
The Biedermeier period in 18th century Vienna had a profound impact on the works of composers such as Schubert. This article discusses the rise, causes and result of the Biedermeier period.

The Biederemeier Culture and Its Influence on Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin
Die schöne Müllerin by Schubert was heavily influenced by the forces at work during the 18th century Biederemeier period in 18th century Vienna. Page 2.

Schubert Quintet in A Major, “Trout” - Op. 114
This article contains a structural analysis of the first movement of Schubert's Trout Quintet.

Notes on Debussy's Suite Bergamasque
Notes on Debussy's Suite Bergamasque including Clair de lune.

Spring Waltz - Notes on the Voices of Spring Waltz by Johann Strauss II
Notes and background information on the Voices of Spring Waltz by Johann Strauss II.

Erik Satie Six Gnossiennes - Facts and Details about Satie's Six Gnossiennes
Composed in the 1890's, Erik Satie's Six Gnossiennes have become favorite pieces of music to many people. Learn about the creation and facts about Erik Satie's Six Gnossiennes.

Romantic Orchestra Music - Music for Romance
Nothing sets the romantic mood better than romantic classical music. Update your classical music playlists with these pieces of romantic orchestra music.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler's Longest Symphony
Learn which symphony is Gustav Mahler's longest.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler Quote
This Mahler quote sums up his feelings of music and composing. Page 10.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler Vienna Court Opera
Learn what Mahler had to do to get his job at the Vienna State Opera. Page 2.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler's Death
Learn the cause of Gustav Mahler's death. Page 3.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand
Learn how many musicians it took to perform Mahler's Symphony No. 8 premiere performance. Page 4.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Fellow Composers
Learn which well known composers were supported and encouraged by Mahler. Page 5.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler the Conductor
Learn about Mahler's conducting habits. Page 6.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler's Symphony No. 4
Learn an interesting fact about Mahler's Symphony No. 4 as well as other interesting facts about Gustav Mahler. Page 7.

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde
Learn about what makes Mahler's

10 Facts About Gustav Mahler - Mahler's 1st and 5th Symphonies
Learn interesting facts about Mahler's 1st and 5th symphonies as well as his life. Page 9.

Top 10 Ways to Ruin A Classical Music Concert
Here are the best ways to ruin a classical music concert for everyone around you.

2010 Golden Globes - Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Here are the 2010 Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture. Page 4.

2010 Golden Globes - Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Here are the 2010 Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture. Page 3.

2010 Golden Globes - Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Here are the 2010 Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture. Page 2.

Leontyne Price, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 5.

Montserrat Caballé, The World's Greatest Sopranos - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 3.

Renata Tebaldi, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 4.

Renee Fleming, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 6.

Joan Sutherland, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 2.

Kathleen Battle, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 7.

Natalie Dessay, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 9.

Renata Scotto, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 8.

Beverly Sills, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence. Page 10.

2010 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
2010 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score. Page 4.

2010 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
2010 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score. Page 5.

Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny - Best Classical Album Grammy 2009 - Classical Music Grammys
Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 2009. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 2.

Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience - Best Classical Album 2006 - Classical Music Grammys
Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 2006. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 5.

Inception - 2011 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
Here are the 2011 Academy Award nominated soundtracks for Best Original Score. Page 2.

The King's Speech - 2011 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
Here are the 2011 Academy Award nominated soundtracks for Best Original Score. Page 3.

2008 Golden Globe Nominees for Best Original Score from a Motion Picture
The 2008 Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Score from a Motion Picture. Page 4.

2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score
The 2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score. Page 5.

2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score
The 2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score. Page 2.

2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score
The 2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score. Page 3.

2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score
The 2008 Oscar Nominees for Best Film Score. Page 4.

2009 Academy Award Nominees for Best Film Score
Here are the nominees for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Film Score. Page 4.

Berlioz: Les Troyens - Best Classical Album Grammy 2002 - Classical Music Grammys
Berlioz: Les Troyens won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 2002. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 9.

Stravinsky: Firebird, Rite of Spring, Persephone - Best Classical Album Grammy 2000 - Classical Music Grammys
Sravinsky: Firebird, Rite of Spring, Persephone won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 2000. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 11.

Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse) - Best Classical Album Grammy 1998 - Classical Music Grammys
Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse) won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 1998. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 13.

Bartok: The Wooden Prince - Best Classical Album Grammy 1994 - Classical Music Grammys
Bartok: The Wooden Prince won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 1994. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 17.

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Best Classical Album Grammy 1993 - Classical Music Grammys
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 1993. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 18.

Bernsten: Candide - Best Classical Album Grammy 1992 - Classical Music Grammys
Bernstein: Candide won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 1992. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 19.

Ives: Sym. No. 2 - Best Classical Album Grammy 1991 - Classical Music Grammys
Ives: Symphony No. 2 won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 1991. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years. Page 20.

2006 Oscars - Best Original Film Score Nominees
2006 Oscars - Best Original Film Score Nominees. Page 5.

2006 Oscars - Best Original Film Score Nominees
2006 Oscars - Best Original Film Score Nominees. Page 4.

Romantic Opera Music: Music for Romance
Nothing sets the romantic mood better than romantic classical music.Here are a few operatic pieces I've picked out to help you get in tune with your romantic side.

Nutcracker Trivia - Facts and Details About The Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker ballet is traditionally performed during the Christmas season. Learn facts and details about the famous Nutcracker Ballet.

Arabesque - Definition of Arabesque in Classical Music
Depending on the context, the term arabesque has several different meanings. Learn the meaning of arabesque as it applies to classical music.

Classical Music Glossary | Chanson
The definition of the classical term, chanson.

Impromptu - The Definition of the Classical Music Term Impromptu
Impromptu as it applies to music, is a style of music used throughout the romantic period.

Classical Music Glossary | Organum
The definition of the classical music term, organum.

Up - A Review of Up: The Original Soundtrack by Michael Giacchino
A Review of Up: The Original Soundtrack by Michael Giacchino, winner of the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

AccuRadio Internet Radio - A Classical Music Review of AccuRadio
AccuRadio, an Internet radio service free of charge, features near CD quality recordings from all different kinds of musical genres, including classical music. Learn more about AccuRadio, Internet radio.

Classical Music Titles and Key Signatures
Find out why key signatures are part of many classical music titles.

Halloween Music - Scary Classical Music for Halloween
Halloween music is definitely in abundance, but how many of you consider using classical music or scary music from the movies to strike fear into the hearts of trick-o-treaters or your Halloween party guests? Here is a collection of scary classical music you can use for this year's Halloween.

Classical Music and You Tube
Ever consider YouTube as a source for classical music? Learn how to use YouTube to search for classical music.

Renee Fleming - A Collection of Videos of Renee Fleming
Renee Fleming is one of the leading operatic sopranos today. Here is a collection of videos of the great Renee Fleming.

Vladimir Horowitz - Classical Music Profile of Vladimir Horowitz, the Great Pianist
A profile of the legendary pianist, Vladimir Horowitz.

What is the difference between opera and oratorio?
Discover the difference between opera and oratorio in this opera FAQ.

Should I familiarize myself with the opera I'm about to see before I see it?
Discover why you should get familiar with the opera you are about to see.

What was the first opera?
Discover the first opera composed in this opera FAQ.

What is the longest opera?
Discover why this opera is so long.

Symphony FAQ - What was the largest symphony orchestra?
What was the largest symphony orchestra? Find out here in this Symphony FAQ!

Symphony FAQ - Which composers are famous for their symphonies?
Which composers are famous for their symphonies? Find out in this Symphony FAQ!

Maria Callas, The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence.

The Soprano Hall of Fame - A Photo Gallery of the World's Best Sopranos
Many wonderful sopranos have graced the stages of opera houses around the world, but only a few make it to the top. These great soprano soloists embody power, control, mastery of skill and technique, personality, and presence.

Mahler Symphony No. 8 - Best Classical Album Grammy 2010 - Classical Music Grammys
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 won the Best Classical Album Grammy in 2010. See all of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years.

Grammy History - Best Classical Albums
A collection of the Grammy Award winners for Best Classical Album from the past 20 years.

Beverly Sills, Operatic Performer - A Profile of Soprano, Beverly Sills
A profile of the beloved soprano, Beverly Sills.

Classical Music CD Review - The Ultimate Divas Album
The Ultimate Divas Album is a compilation CD including artists such as Kathleen Battle, Joan Sutherland, and Renee Fleming, performing well known arias by Mozart, Verdi, Bellini, Puccini, and others.

What is opera seria?
Find the answer to this question in this opera FAQ.

2010 Golden Globes - Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Here are the 2010 Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture.

Macabre Masterpieces - A Classical Music CD for Halloween
Macabre Masterpieces features a collection of dark-themed classical music on two disks by various composers like Grieg, Liszt, Dvorak, Mussorgsky, and more, that would be perfect for Halloween.

What is opera buffa?
Learn the meaning of opera buffa.

Young Stars of Classical Musicians
This list will introduce you to four young stars of classical music.

Artists and Styles of Classical Music
This guide to classical music artists and styles will give you a broad understanding of the world of classical music.

2010 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
2010 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score.

2010 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
2010 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score.

2010 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
2010 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score.

How to Train Your Dragon - 2011 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
Here are the 2011 Academy Award nominated soundtracks for Best Original Score.

2010 Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score
2010 Oscar nominees for Best Original Score.

Original Film Scores and Video Game Soundtrack Reviews
Like many of the great classical music works that were written for opera and ballet hundreds of years ago, a large portion classical music today is composed for television, film, and video games. I've come across many great original film scores and video game soundtracks in the past years, and below, you'll find my reviews of some of these albums.