Opera

Du Yun, a 39-year-old composer, musician and performance artist, today won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her opera Angel's Bone. The Pulitzer jury describes the piece as a bold work "that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world." Angel's Bone, which has a libretto by the versatile Royce Vavrek (Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves and David T.

Unknown 18th-Century Painting of Princess Padmavati
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For the month of April, Sunday Night at the Opera dives into some gems from the back of the music library.  This week, join Chris Voss for an old Hindi tale retold: Marilyn Horne and Nicolai Gedda star in Roussel's 1923 Padmâvatî!

Cover art by Emil Orlik for Ferruccio Busoni's "Turandot" Suite
Emil Orlík (via Wikimedia Commons)

For the month of April, Sunday Night at the Opera dives deep into the stacks of the music library and dusts off some rarely-heard gems! On April 2, tune in for "Turandot" by Busoni (yes, Busoni).

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and '30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television.

Interested in Steve Jobs, Georgia O'Keefe or Alice in Wonderland? They are all explored in new music in the upcoming American concert season.

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