8 December 2016
The composer made it his mission to subvert the rigid culture of opera, and his controversial works saw him frequently battle the authorities.
2 December 2015
Fierce competition may have fuelled the composition of these two operas, but together they now make one of opera’s most popular couplings.
10 September 2014
Straitjacketed by musical and theatrical convention, how did Rossini create one operatic masterpiece, let alone ten?
Manon Lescaut: A ‘Frankenstein's monster’ of an opera that proved to be Puccini's first major success
28 May 2014
The composer's third opera met with acclaim, despite a turbulent genesis.