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At 82, A Former College Security Guard Debuts His Opera

October 12, 2017

Richard White is now long retired. But the Manchester, New Hampshire, native is seeing his other career finally gain traction.

Jonas Kaufmann: A Tenor At The Top

September 28, 2017

As the superstar tenor's voice grows deeper and darker with age, he's still able to float notes of pillowy softness on his new album devoted to French opera.

Conducting Class At The Peabody Conservatory With Marin Alsop

September 25, 2017

Weekend Edition's Scott Simon visits the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop hands him a baton and offers a few pointers.

The Viola and The Octopus: Nadia Sirota’s Two Loves

September 15, 2017

Nadia Sirota is Juilliard-trained violist who hosts Meet The Composer, a podcast that shifts the conversation around classical music by featuring interviews with modern-day composers. She’s also worked with artists ranging from Kesha to Paul Simon. Plus, she explains how being on tour led to a love of aquariums, and Nerdette connects her with the Senior Curator of Fishes at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Opera Star Kiri Te Kanawa Has Retired

September 13, 2017

Although she already hasn't sung publicly in nearly a year, the 73-year-old lyric soprano from New Zealand told the BBC Wednesday morning: "That's it."

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