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Must See (Classical and Opera) TV Tonight on PBS

Today's classical headlines include some must-see classical and opera programs on PBS tonight, sad news from the opera world and a new winner at the Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition.

Metropolitan Opera Tonight on PBS

Two programs of note tonight on PBS: American Masters profiles conductor and Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine, followed by a Great Performances broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of John Adams' Nixon in China. The Levine program starts at 8 pm ET and Nixon in China starts at 9 locally on WOSU TV (check your local listings). More on The Met's Nixon in China from Classical 101: Christopher Purdy has an interview with James Maddalena (who plays Richard Nixon in the production), and Jennifer Hambrick's reflects on the appropriateness of Adams' opera for this moment in history.

Bass, Teacher Giorgio Tozzi Dead at 88

For many years a leading bass at The Metropolitan Opera (where he sang 399 performances in 37 roles between 1954 and 1974), Giorgio Tozzi has died. Until his retirement in 2006, Tozzi also taught voice for 15 years at Indiana University.

Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition Picks Winner

A 38 year-old gastroenterologist from Maryland has won the sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, beating out 70 other amateur pianists to win the top prize of $2,000 and a custom pair of Cliburn spurs.

MPR Features 30 Classical Music Stars Under 30

This week, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) turns their focus onto 30 of the classical music world’s influential musicians under the age of 30. They'll be playing performances by artists such as Lang Lang, Gustavo Dudamel and Julia Fisher throughout the week and you can listen online.