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Articles by Kate Hopkins

5 things you need to know about I due Foscari

6 October 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's early tragedy.

Laughing out loud: Some of our favourite comedy moments in opera

18 September 2014

Opera isn't all tragic sopranos and tormented tenors, as these five classic comic moments prove. But do you agree with our choices?

Rigoletto Musical Highlight: ‘Caro nome’

9 September 2014

Verdi poignantly depicts innocent love in this much-loved aria sung by one of the composer's youngest heroines.

Living the American Dream: How opera has embraced and attacked a national ethos

1 September 2014

From cheerful go-getting lumberjacks to a city of hedonism in the desert, lyric theatre has long confronted the ideals of the USA.

5 things you need to know about Rigoletto

29 August 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's acclaimed tragedy.

5 things you need to know about Anna Nicole, the opera

25 August 2014

Our guide to Mark-Anthony Turnage's sensational 2011 opera.

The satirical stories that inspired La bohème

12 July 2014

Henry Murger's tales are a far cry from the soaring romanticism of Puccini's opera.

Musical Highlight: The Act IV Finale of La bohème

9 July 2014

In the tragic ending to one of his best loved operas, Puccini powerfully evokes the potency of memory.

Five operas adapted from plays: From stage to stave (and back again)

7 July 2014

Composers have long been inspired by the work of playwrights.

Opera Essentials: Maria Stuarda

25 June 2014

A quick guide to Donizetti's blistering Tudor drama, which pits Mary Queen of Scots against Elizabeth I.

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