A New Biography of Tenor Roland Hayes

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Roland Hayes: Legacy of an American Tenor by Christopher Brooks and Robert Sims
December 17, 2014

A new biography of the first African America classical musician to have an international career.

Remembering Irene Dalis

Irene Dalis as Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Don't be fooled. She was a nice lady.
December 15, 2014

Mezzo-soprano turned teacher and impresario Irene Dalis has died at the age of 89. I have a personal reminiscence to share.

Opera Abbreviated: Die Meistersinger

A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
December 10, 2014

Opera Abbreviated gives you a glimpse of Wagner’s opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. You can see the opera live from the Met in a movie theater near you, on December 13 at noon.

Friday is Opera Day on Classical 101

Christopher Purdy holding an Opera Day sign
Christopher Purdy hosts Opera Day Friday on Classical 101.
December 3, 2014

Don’t miss Opera Day on Classical 101, Friday, December 5 beginning at 9 am.

My Favorite Christmas CDs

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Renee Fleming. you gotta love her.
December 2, 2014

My favorite recordings of Christmas music. What are yours? Tell!

Sing for Hope: The AIDS Quilt Song Book

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Buy this album December 1st
November 26, 2014

Sing for Hope: The AIDS Quilt Song Book is a new CD produced by Sing for Hope to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. On sale on December 1st, world AIDS day.

Tis The Season: Christmas in Columbus

Ohio State University Holiday Extravaganza
Ohio State University Holiday Extravaganza
19, 2014

A selection of holiday program in and near Columbus. Enjoy!

A Belated Veteran’s Day: “Over There!”

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Caruso made this a hit. Or vice versa?
November 17, 2014

The great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso raised thousands of dollars at bond rallies during World War I.

How Much Would You Pay To Have A Concert Hall In Your Name?

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The David Koch Theater will always be the New York State Theater to me.
November 17, 2014

“Why do these rich people insist on having concert halls named after themselves?”