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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Opera Essentials: Orphée et Eurydice

27 August 2015

Our quick introduction to Gluck’s revolutionary opera, inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus.

Falstaff musical highlight: ‘Sirena… quand’ero paggio del Duca di Norfolk’

29 June 2015

It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.

Opera Essentials: Falstaff

24 June 2015

Our quick guide to Verdi’s last opera, his comic masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare’s drunken knight.

The Rise and Rise of the Romantic Tenor

23 June 2015

How one vocal experiment revolutionized operatic vocal writing, and what audiences expected from the art form's leading men.

Opera Essentials: Guillaume Tell

16 June 2015

Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.

Birtwistle and the Greeks

16 June 2015

Greek myths and dramas have inspired the acclaimed British composer Harrison Birtwistle throughout his career.

Don Giovanni Musical Highlight: The Champagne Aria

5 June 2015

The great seducer's tongue-twisting Act I aria reveals his irrepressible energy and love of life.

Puccini unpacked: A guide to one of the most-loved operatic composers

4 June 2015

The Italian composer created some of opera’s most enchanting romances.

Opera in the City of Love: Paris as muse

13 May 2015

Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.

Laughing out Loud Part 2: More of our favourite comic moments in opera

24 April 2015

Look on the sunny side of opera with a handful of the art form’s jollier moments.

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