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In our jobs, when we're told to redo something, it usually means we've made a mistake. That's not the case for Javier Camarena. Earlier this month at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the tenor had the chance to retake an aria during a performance of Donizetti's Don Pasquale because the audience went bonkers after the first time he sang it.

Pacific Opera Project/Martha Benedict

Opera Piccola is taking opera here where it's never before gone.

"I would describe Mozart's opera as the ultimate rescue story, and who are the ultimate rescuers but Kirk and Spock?" asks Opera Piccola's Music Director Kristin Roach.

Yes, she said Kirk and Spock. You know, Star Trek.  

"We've tried to have the best marriage of real faithfulness to Mozart's score...but also the modern twist marrying it with the Star Trek  themes and characters."

Morris Robinson has the kind of bass voice that reverberates so strongly, you feel it in your concert seat. Listening to it, you assume he's been singing all of his life. And he has — but not opera.

Opera On The Slopes

Dec 23, 2015

Waterville Valley, a ski resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is known as the birth place of freestyle skiing. It’s the place where Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney got her start. But it’s also one of the few spots where you can hear live opera while you ski.

Vladimir Popov is known throughout the valley as the opera-singing chairlift operator. Although Popov sings strictly in the mountains now, he once sang in the world’s great opera houses.

Sean Hurley from Here & Now contributor New Hampshire Public Radio has our story.

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