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By Scott Bruce

John Adams, Pulitzer Prize-winner and arguably America's best-known living composer, describes El Niño as, “my way of trying to understand what is meant by a miracle."This sweeping setting of the Christmas story is both freshly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions, including medieval carolers, Latin American poets, and an ethereal children's chorus. As the New York Times put it, "El Niño bears so many gifts that the senses stagger under the load."

Halévy's masterpiece broke the bank in 19th-century Paris

Rossini takes his own hit comedy and turns it inside out

A 'bel canto' classic boasting one of opera's most challenging roles

An atmospheric Romanian masterpiece, 20 years in the making

A potboiler that's also a one-opera hit parade

Italian opera gets a taste of the Scottish highlands

A special effects blockbuster from 18th-century France

Exploitation, extortion and execution, in an opera of enduring beauty

Bellini gives French audiences a lesson in Italian lyricism

Wagner's concise drama gets his immense Ring off to a flying start

A Sprawling Opera with a Highly Personal Theme

In this queasy comedy, love is a less than splendored thing

In this cautionary tale, a long life brings few rewards

An Italian take on Shakespeare, from the era of Verdi

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