Strong Women of Opera

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Not all opera heroines are consumptive waifs who die as the curtain falls. On today's show, Marilyn Horne talks with actress Tyne Daly, who in 2011 starred on Broadway as Maria Callas in "Master Class" and as Mama Rose in "Gypsy." "I don't play tough women, I play strong women," said Daly.

We hear Maria Callas in action in one of her legendary master classes, presented at the Juilliard School in 1971-72.

Plus, La Cieca – also known as James Jorden, editor of the opera fan website Parterre Box – tells us why "a strong woman doesn't always have a easy time of it."

Finally, in the week's news, we consider a controversial new opera about Walt Disney, an unlikely opera about a Twitter feud, and a new multi-million dollar partnership between Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways.

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