Why performing Baroque opera is as much about chisels as cellos.
Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.
Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?
Handel made his mark, and then some – and nearly 300 years later we can still revisit some of his favourite haunts.
Political and moral agendas have seen some of history’s greatest composers put under pressure to change their work.
Operas about ‘real people’ and verismo operas are not always the same thing.