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Watch This Construction Worker Stun His Co-Workers By Singing Opera

Davi Oliveira is a construction worker, who also happens to have a gifted voice. Check him out surprising his co-workers with an impromptu performance of "Nessun Dorma."

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18 Women Composers You Should Know

March is Women's History Month. Here are some standout women composers across time — from Medieval days to yesterday — who have contributed greatly to music.

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This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

Matthew Smith of Nottingham is only 11, but he is a fledgling conductor set to lead a performance of 'Die Fledermaus' next month.

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Q2 Music

Watch: Composer Supergroup Releases New Video for 'Saturn'

Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner and composer Nico Muhly will soon release an album version of their solar-system inspired song cycle. Watch the video for 'Saturn' today.

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Operavore

Composer and Conductor Anton Coppola at 100: Fortissimo

Composer and conductor Anton Coppola, uncle of film director Francis, turns one hundred years old today. Fred Plotkin visited Coppola in his Manhattan apartment recently.

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Celebrating Arturo Toscanini at 150

Arturo Toscanini looms large over opera and classical music. Fred Plotkin writes of the exacting maestro on his 150th birth anniversary.

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You’ve Heard This One Before: When Classical Composers Use Samples

In music, the tradition of “sampling,” or using fragments of others’ recorded work, is time-honored. Here are some classical composers that have done so.

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Operavore

6 Irish Opera Singers You Should Know

Deborah Kelleher, the director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, shares some of her picks for outstanding new Irish singers with Opravore's Fred Plotkin.

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20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

For parents and students alike, listening to classical music is becoming a popular way to focus the mind and inspire the intellect while studying. Here are some of our favorite pieces.

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