Tom Huizenga appears in the following:
Sunday, August 11, 2013
For her first studio album in five years, the celebrated soprano reveals a newly darkened, larger-sounding voice in a tribute to Guiseppe Verdi.
Friday, August 09, 2013
An American singer began her long career as a soprano in her home country, then thrived as a mezzo in Europe. She also directed opera and documentary film, working with both her husband and son. She died in her native New York.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The celebrated singer Thomas Hampson found himself in a verbal boxing match, defending opera and classical music from an unusually contentious host on a recent British talk show.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Five acclaimed American conductors and composers — from Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and David Lang to the Atlanta Symphony's Robert Spano — pick their favorite homegrown symphonic works.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
In person, the members of Time for Three come off as just three dudes in a band. But with their staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it's hard not to be swept up in the force of their contagious energy. Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform in the NPR Music offices.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hear excerpts from three albums of recent symphonic music, each telling a distinctly different American story — from Michael Daugherty's Toscanini-obsessed symphonic fantasy to a special preview of Kevin Puts' majestic symphony of clashing cultures.
Monday, July 22, 2013
The beloved star of the Metropolitan Opera is revered for her portrayals of Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly. Her service to opera includes creating the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which supports emerging singers.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony? Join the conversation in our summer-long exploration of the American symphony. Who writes symphonies in the U.S. these days? And who hears them?
Sunday, June 30, 2013
From an intriguing East meets West merger to Vivaldi played with velocity, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden explore a wide range of new classical releases.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best festivals, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
From the sweet melodies by Bach to the quiet sound world of Morton Feldman, sample three fascinating new albums by today's top fiddlers.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
For a film built almost completely from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama — especially between a stage director and his charismatic star, French soprano Natalie Dessay.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Imani Winds' members play David to Igor Stravinsky's imposing Goliath, as they shrink the massive Rite of Spring down to size in a rendition for just five wind instruments. The result is an epic in miniature — and a performance perfect for a Tiny Desk.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Watch the energetic conductor take flight conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's iconic score. A recently released DVD of a 1966 performance includes an interview with Bernstein, in which he says the famously brutal music "makes a marvelous kind of savage sound."
Friday, May 24, 2013
Don't know neo-nationalism from neoclassicism? Bone up on the surprisingly multifaceted career of Igor Stravinsky as the 100th anniversary of his iconic Rite of Spring approaches.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The composer, who never fit into any particular school of composition, will be remembered for a relatively small quantity of perfectly realized, richly textured works created for some of the 20th century's leading virtuosos.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
For the 200 anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth, William Berger, author of Wagner Without Fear, guides us through five of his favorite Wagner moments — musical episodes that keep the composer's extraordinary dramas in our lives today.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Just try rummaging through the standard repertoire to find a tender scene between a mother and child and you'll come up stymied. Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The young Ingolf Wunder shines in Mozart, Jorge Federico Osorio reintroduces a Mexican classic and Elisveta Blumina reveals the gentle side of Valentine Silvestrov in three compelling new piano recordings.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
With help from Franz Schubert and four stellar musicians, David Lang ponders the afterlife. Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's new album in its entirety.