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Opera singer Maria Ewing photographed on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1994 while she was singing the title role in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, by Dmitri Shostakovich. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critic for The New York Times. Tony Cenicola/Tony Cenicola/The New York Times hide caption

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Anthony Tommasini, classical critic for the Times, looks back ahead of retirement

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Will Liverman, an up-and-coming baritone, feared the COVID-era shutdown of live music would end his career. Instead, he's one of a number of opera singers for whom pandemic stress transformed into creative freedom. Jaclyn Simpson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Iphigenia, played by esperanza spalding, prepares for her sacrifice. From Wayne Shorter and spalding's opera, ...(Iphigenia). Jon Fine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The composer Julius Eastman died in 1990, but his music is experiencing a renaissance. The Los Angeles-based group Wild Up's jubilant recording of his 1974 work Femenine is one of the most remarkable classical albums of the year. Ron Hammond hide caption

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Three of the student authors of Who Is Florence Price? (left to right: Sebastián Núñez, Hazel Peebles and Sophia Shao), joined by their English teacher, Shannon Potts. Courtesy of Special Music School hide caption

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These NYC kids have written the history of an overlooked Black female composer

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Erin Morley (Eurydice), Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus) and Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double) in Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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In 'Eurydice,' Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl recast opera's foundational myth

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A new album marks the 90th birthday of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Peter Hundert /Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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The fearless musical philosophy of Sofia Gubaidulina

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Four centuries of Black American history are told in new Kronos Quartet performance

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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For classical stars Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, representation matters

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Composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter with a page from his ...(Iphigenia) score. Jeff Tang/Courtesy of Real Magic hide caption

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Wayne Shorter's operatic dream comes true, brought to life with Esperanza Spalding

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