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Lorin Maazel (1930-2014)


With a conducting career spanning over 70 years, Maazel conducted over 150 different symphony orchestras in over 3,000 concerts including symphonies, operas, and recordings.  Learn about the busy and successful life of one of the world’s greatest conductors, Lorin Maazel.

Great Conductors, Symphony Orchestras, and Composers
Classical Music Spotlight10

Die Fledermaus Synopsis

Learn the synopsis of Johann Strauss' opera, Die Fledermaus, premiered in 1874.

“Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande” Lyrics and English Translation

Learn the lyrics to Adele’s aria, “Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande,” from Johann Strauss’ opera, Die Fledermaus.

“Ritorna vincitor” Lyrics and Text Translation

Learn the lyrics and English translation of Aida’s aria, “Ritorna vincitor” from Verdi’s opera, Aida.

“Questa o quella” Lyrics and English Translation

“Questa o quella” is sung in the first act of Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto. Learn the lyrics and English translation of the Duke’s aria.

A Profile of the Great Conductor, Lorin Maazel

(1930-2014) Lorin Maazel was an extremely talented and gifted composer that spent the majority of his life conducting many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Learn about his life in this biography.

La finta semplice Synopsis

Composed when he was just 12 years old, La finta semplice is one of Mozart’s earliest operas. Learn the characters and synopsis of La finta semplice.

“Addio del passato” Lyrics and Translation

Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Violetta’s aria, “Addio del passato,” from Verdi’s opera, La Triviata.

“La pia materna mano" Lyrics and Text Translation

Sung in the first act of Verdi’s opera, La Battaglia di Legnano, by the character, Arrigo, learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of “La pia maternal mano.”

La battaglia di Legnano Synopsis

Verdi’s opera, La Battaglia di Legnano, premiered in 1849, and has since then remained popular enough to be regularly performed in opera house all around the world to this day. Learn the synopsis of La Battaglia di Legnano.

Billboard’s Top 10 Classical Music Albums

Two artists take up 40% of this week’s top 10 rankings. Discover Billboard’s top ten classical music albums for the week of June 21, 2014.

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