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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Experimentation, experimentation, experimentation: Über-radical opera in 1920s Germany

4 March 2015

The political situation in Germany's Weimar Republic contributed to perhaps the most wildly-creative decade in opera's history.

Opera Essentials: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

2 March 2015

Our quick guide to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's impassioned satire on consumerism.

Operatic magic: Fairytales and magical stories in opera

17 February 2015

Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.

Opera Essentials: Die Zauberflöte

12 February 2015

Our quick guide to Mozart’s glorious fantasy opera.

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.

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