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Du Yun, 39, has won the music Pulitzer for her opera Angel

The opera, by the 39-year-old Shanghai native, is a searing parable of human trafficking set to a score that ranges from Renaissance choral music to punk rock.

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On the new album Rímur, Trio Mediaeval teams up with trumpeter Arve Henriksen.

The anonymous song from 17th-century Iceland sports a catchy, bittersweet melody that pop outfits like Peter, Bjorn and John might be happy to whistle. Arve Henriksen joins the vocal trio on trumpet.

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Soprano Renée Fleming is looking forward to many more years performing opera.

Despite a misleading article, the beloved soprano makes it clear that she's nowhere near ready to give up the opera stage.

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Max Richter brings a diverse playlist with him for an NPR Music Guest DJ session.

The genre-busting composer, who believes in classical music's "multi-dimensional space," brings a strikingly diverse playlist with him for a relaxed session of spinning tunes and talking music.

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko, standing next to his poem

After the death of Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko on April 1, we revisit a 2000 feature about his most famous work, 'Babi Yar,' and the collaboration it inspired with composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

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Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform in Bryce Dessner

The collaborative spirit of Black Mountain College — once home to the likes of John Cage and Willem de Kooning — lives on in a theatrical song cycle performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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Tenor Scott Joiner and mezzo-soprano Viktoria Falcone try to find love via Tinder in a still from Connection Lost: The Tinder Opera.

"Connection Lost: The Tinder Opera" is an 11-minute video dramatizing a young man's quest for love via the popular dating app. It marks an effort to adapt a 400-year-old art form to modern media.

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Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski

Piotr Anderszewski is one of the most revered pianists today, and one of the most delightfully unpredictable. His new album links composers with a direct line from brainstorm to masterpiece.

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Aubrey Allicock (right) portrays boxing champ Emile Griffith in his prime, along with Andrew McLaughlin, in Terence Blanchard

How do you attract a more diverse audience at the opera? One answer is to produce operas with characters that look more like the general citizenry.

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A new TED Ed video explains the scientific basis of how practicing actually makes you a better performer.

Want to boost those neural pathways? TED Ed offers practical suggestions: Practice in concentrated bursts, work through passages slooowly -- and step away from Facebook.

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