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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Carmen Musical Highlight: Don José’s Flower Song

30 September 2015

Don José’s only aria is a brilliant portrayal of masochistic devotion.

Le nozze di Figaro Musical Highlight: ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’

14 September 2015

Mozart showcases his immense skill in depicting complex characters with this exquisite aria depicting Countess Almaviva’s inner torment.

Women who win the day: Opera’s triumphant heroines

2 September 2015

Opera is (perhaps justly) infamous for killing off its heroines – we look at some of the women who buck the trend.

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.

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