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Articles by Helen Greenwald

A happy marriage despite a fiery courtship: Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

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.

Rossini vs the music industry: How the composer quietly subverted the 1800s mainstream

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.