17 February 2015
Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.
Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers
23 January 2015
Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.
19 January 2015
Giordano's music has a cinematic sweep in his depiction of the riotous trial where his hero is unjustly sentenced to death.
24 December 2014
Ballet choreographers have long loved to craft swirling floral patterns for the corps de ballet, set to a waltz's gentle lilt.
9 December 2014
Verdi’s music for the chorus ‘Ve’, se di notte’ shows how laughter can be used to heighten tragedy.
20 November 2014
Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?
13 November 2014
Søren Nils Eichberg’s opera Glare explores a recurrent issue in science fiction - what do you do if you can't tell who is real?
7 October 2014
Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.
23 September 2014
Storms as a narrative and compositional device in Rigoletto, Idomeneo and Il barbiere di Siviglia.
15 August 2014
A short solo listing the drugs taken by Anna Nicole Smith's son distills the emotional essence of a tragic tale.