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Mirella Freni, one of the most adored sopranos of all time, passed away on February 9th in her hometown of Modena, Italy at the age of 84.  Her storied career extended for 50 years, beginning with her debut in 1955 in Modena singing Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen to singing Ioanna in The Maid of Orleans with the Washington National Opera in 2005.

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In her remarkable career, the late Jessye Norman graced the great opera stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera. In 2014, the American soprano remembered her first encounter with opera in a small room in Augusta, GA.

August 19, 2019. Women and their emotions have been subjects of literature for centuries. In Reason and Madness, soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Joseph Middleton perform music from 16th-century England to 19th-century Germany and 20th-century France, exploring through song the various ways women have been characterized as "mad."