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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Opera Essentials: Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore

18 May 2016

Our quick introduction to a thrilling masterpiece which features some of its composer's most powerful music.

Opera Essentials: George Enescu's Oedipe

26 April 2016

Our quick introduction to Enescu’s only opera and his masterpiece, inspired by the Greek tragedy of Oedipus.

Tannhäuser Musical Highlight: ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’

18 April 2016

Wagner and Verdi were rivals in many ways, but the Italianate flourishes of Wolfram’s Hymn to the Evening Star reveals a begrudging mutual influence.

Opera Essentials: Tannhäuser

15 April 2016

5 things you need to know about Wagner’s potent early opera.

Lucia di Lammermoor musical highlight: The Act II sextet and finale

11 April 2016

One of all opera's most dramatic scenes, this beautiful and complex ensemble is perhaps Donizetti's finest moment.

Opera Essentials: Lucia di Lammermoor

9 March 2016

Our quick introduction to Katie Mitchell’s new production of Donizetti’s violent tragedy.

Opera Essentials: Boris Godunov

25 February 2016

Our quick introduction to Musorgsky’s masterful epic opera on the perils of power.

Il trittico Musical Highlight: ‘O mio babbino caro’

11 February 2016

Lauretta’s lovely little aria is key in shaping the black comedy of Gianni Schicchi, the final opera in Puccini’s triptych.

Opera Essentials: Il trittico

10 February 2016

Our quick introduction to Puccini’s trio of short operas, bringing together the dramatic, tragic and comedic best of this giant of Italian opera.

Opera Essentials: L’Étoile

19 January 2016

Our quick introduction to Chabrier’s delightfully silly opera.

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