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Puccini's 'Tosca' with a Moving Difference at Pasadena's Pacific Opera Project >>

Pacific Opera Project have a nice idea for staging Puccini's classic.

Classicalite Recording News: Child Singer Amira Releases Her First Album of Opera Arias

CORRECTION: Amira Willighagen's Duet with Luciano Pavarotti Was Not Recorded for Debut Album on Sony >>

Amira did not record "Nessun Dorma" for her album as a dub-over duet with the late Luciano Pavarotti. The duet was created by a technical producer of "The Complimentary Breakfast" show on JacarandaFM in South Africa. Syco, the label that recorded Amira's album, was not responsible for the dub-over duet. Classicalite regrets this error.

Classicalite Recording News: Child Singer Amira Releases Her First Album of Opera Arias

10-Year-Old Singer Amira Willighagen of ‘Holland’s Got Talent’ Releases Debut Album of Opera Arias on Simon Cowell's Label >>

Amira Willighagen received a particularly exciting gift for her 10th birthday last week: a copy of her first album, titled simply 'Amira.' Her album includes the two Puccini arias she sang to win 'Holland's Got Talent' in December, "O Mio Babbino Caro" and "Nessun Dorma," as well as nine other songs including "Ave Maria."

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Age 70, to Retire from Opera Stage After Donizetti/Puccini at Covent Garden (Or So She Says) >>

Kiri Te Kanawa has said in a British television interview that she will retire from the opera stage. She's currently giving a cameo as the Duchess of Crackentorp in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment at Covent Garden--and the staging has been massaged to give her an aria (from Puccini's Edgar, since you ask, as the Duchess is written as a speaking role). And that, she expects, will be it as far as the opera stage goes.

WATCH: Late Italian Tenor Renato Cioni, Still Singing in His Eighties (with Great Audio from an Even Older Giovanni Martinelli) >>

A lovely little video has turned up on YouTube, featuring the leading Italian tenor Renato Cioni, who died very recently. In his early 80s, and still singing...

Should We Hear the Lullaby of the Opera House?

Lullaby of the Opera House? Lyric of Chicago Presenting 'The Sound of Music' >>

Lyric Opera of Chicago recently announced they have extended the run of 'The Sound of Music' due to popular demand. There are several songs in this musical that would sound wonderful sung by opera singers. But "Doe a Deer"? Not so much. And "Edelweiss" certainly doesn't need operatic voices.

BREAKING: Amira Willighagen Sings "Nessun Dorma" to Win 'Holland's Got Talent' >>

Nine-year-old singer Amira won 'Holland's Got Talent' on Saturday evening with a moving performance of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma."

WATCH: Amira Willighagen Sings 'Ave Maria,' Advances to Finals of 'Holland's Got Talent'

The New Jackie Evancho: Amira Willighagen Sings 'Ave Maria,' Advances to Finals of 'Holland's Got Talent' >>

Nine-year-old singer Amira Willighagen gave a beautiful performance of 'Ave Maria' on the semi-finals of 'Holland's Got Talent' last night, impressing the judges and winning a place in the finals of the talent show.

YouTube Phenom Amira Willighagen, Fresh Off André Rieu Performance, Will Sing Again on 'Holland's Got Talent' >>

Nine-year-old singer Amira Willighagen, whose audition for 'Holland’s Got Talent' went viral on YouTube, is scheduled to sing on the show’s semi-final round on December 21.

WATCH: Alexander Kariotis Sings Arena Rock and Grand Opera in the Same Song, ‘Nessun Dorma--No One Sleeps’ >>

Alexander Kariotis and his band The Rock Opera Orchestra recently recorded the album 'Nessun Dorma--No One Sleeps,' due out in January 2014.

Angelo Campori, Italian Opera Favorite, Dies at 79 >>

He recorded with Scotto and Maria Chiara and has been hailed by Fabio Luisi as "one of the last Italian opera conductors who understood what opera means."

Amira Willighagen’s "O Mio Babbino Caro" on 'Holland's Got Talent' Invites Comparisons to Jackie Evancho >>

Amira Willighagen, age 9, sang Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro" during a recent audition for Holland's Got Talent. Her performance stunned the judges, who found it hard to believe that such a lovely, mature-sounding voice could come from such a small girl.

'Breaking Bad,' the Opera, Getting Cooked by Sung Jin Hong's One World Symphony >>

Inspired by both blue Albuquerque methamphetamine and English Romantic poetry, Hong had best hurry up with his mini-opera, 'Breaking Bad--Ozymandias.'

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s 2013-14 Cinema Season Gets Underway

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s 2013-14 Cinema Season Gets Underway >>

Tenor of the moment Jonas Kaufmann and a new full-length Shakespeare ballet by Christopher Wheeldon are among highlights of the new cinema season from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. And it's a medium that seems to have found its time...

Classicalite's Five Best: Classical Music and Movie Trivia >>

Strange facts about music and the movies, from 'Moonstruck' to Dalek conductors to Pavarotti not winning a Golden Raspberry.

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