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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Opera Essentials: Puccini's Madama Butterfly

23 March 2017

Our quick guide to Puccini's heartbreaking opera.

From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

15 March 2017

From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg musical highlight: ‘Selig, wie die Sonne’

14 March 2017

Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.

Opera Essentials: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

24 February 2017

Our quick introduction to Richard Wagner’s glorious, profound comedy The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, on the role of the artist.

10 of the greatest bass-baritone roles

30 January 2017

From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?

Angels, devils, fools and women: exploring the role of the countertenor

24 January 2017

Under-appreciated for centuries, the countertenor now storms the operatic stage.

Adriana Lecouvreur musical highlight: Princesse de Bouillon’s aria ‘Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura’

19 January 2017

Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.

Opera Essentials: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

12 January 2017

Our quick introduction to Cilea’s impassioned theatre tragedy, sumptuously realized in David McVicar’s Royal Opera production.

Girls being boys being girls: a short history of opera’s trouser roles

11 January 2017

Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.

Der Rosenkavalier musical highlight: ‘Hab mir’s gelobt’

21 December 2016

What makes Strauss's trio for female voice so powerful that the composer requested it be played at his funeral?

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