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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Der fliegende Holländer Musical Highlight: ‘Die Frist ist um’ – The Dutchman’s monologue

29 January 2015

Wagner’s first great monologue for bass-baritone is a powerful evocation of yearning and despair.

Opera Essentials: Der fliegende Holländer

27 January 2015

Our quick guide to Wagner's first great work, inspired by the tale of a legendary ghost ship.

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight: The Improvviso

13 January 2015

Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.

Opera Essentials: Andrea Chénier

7 January 2015

Our quick guide to Umberto Giordano's passionate tale of love and loss in the French Revolution.

Opera in the Real World: The historical figures behind some of opera's greatest characters

5 January 2015

Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.

Opera Essentials: Un ballo in maschera

15 December 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's thrilling tragedy of love, politics and betrayal.

Our favourite doomed operatic parties

5 December 2014

Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?

Opera Essentials: Tristan und Isolde

25 November 2014

Our quick guide to Richard Wagner's hugely influential opera.

Our favourite romantic love duets

24 November 2014

19th-century opera is renowned for its depiction of intense love affairs.

Opera Essentials: Idomeneo

24 October 2014

Our quick guide to Martin Kušej's new production of Mozart's early masterpiece for The Royal Opera.

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