6 July 2017
References to China, Chinese theatre and Eastern imagery run through Andrei Serban's production of Turandot.
16 May 2017
This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.
1 January 2017
From seductive to nostalgic – the fortunes of the quintessential Viennese dance have influenced how we view Der Rosenkavalier.
24 November 2016
The great Russian composer was a genius in orchestration, but he outdid himself with The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.
Telling Tales: Why Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann is among the most edited operas in the repertory
7 November 2016
The composer died before completing the opera, leading to a great amount of second-guessing as to Offenbach’s true final intentions.
13 October 2016
Puccini's passionate aria rapturously describes love at first sight.
19 February 2016
Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.
3 February 2016
Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.
11 January 2016
A stunning musical depiction of Heaven and Hell closes Act I of Puccini's iconic Roman opera.
30 November 2015
Mascagni’s draws on church music in this masterful and intense evocation of a small community and one guilt-ridden woman’s position outside of it.