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is an American
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author, radio music host and commentator.
Born in California
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25 January 1961, studied Romance languages and musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz
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. For five years he worked in the San Francisco Opera
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, being responsible for acquiring company’s records collection. As author, he wrote such books on music and operatic composers as: Wagner Without Fear
(1998), Verdi With a Vengeance
(2000), Puccini Without Excuses
(2005), all published by Random House
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. He also wrote some libretti, and articles dealing not only with music but also on topics of religion and architecture.
He frequently gives lectures on operatic music and composers, and is also a radio commentator and has recently been a regular host for New York Public Radio’s Overnight Music and WNYC radio. Since creation of the Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius
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in the Fall of 2006, he writes all the commentaries heard during entractes of historical broadcasts. Berger is currently often a co-host during live Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts
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, and is often the moderator of those broadcasts' Met Opera Quiz.