A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since.
Stigers performs his original “You’ve Got the Fever,” and host Michael Feinstein joins him for a duet of the standard “You Are Too Beautiful.”
Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates his deft touch and amazing technique.
The jazz drummer and public radio host grew up in the 1970s, and knows the TV themes, reggae beats and hit single breaks to prove it. Test your ear against his genre-spanning picks.
Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a rolling woods, 40 miles northeast of New York City. Hear Dee Dee Bridgewater lead her quintet.
We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.
Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer.
This summer, The New Yorker has thrown open the gates to much of its archive. Read these five classical music profiles and essays for free while you still can.
In this session from 2005, the prolific songwriter performs some of his most famous works, such as “What the World Needs Now is Love” and “Close to You.”
In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?