4 March 2015
The political situation in Germany's Weimar Republic contributed to perhaps the most wildly-creative decade in opera's history.
2 March 2015
Our quick guide to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's impassioned satire on consumerism.
17 February 2015
Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.
12 February 2015
Our quick guide to Mozart’s glorious fantasy opera.
29 January 2015
Wagner’s first great monologue for bass-baritone is a powerful evocation of yearning and despair.
27 January 2015
Our quick guide to Wagner's first great work, inspired by the tale of a legendary ghost ship.
13 January 2015
Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.
7 January 2015
Our quick guide to Umberto Giordano's passionate tale of love and loss in the French Revolution.
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.
15 December 2014
Our quick guide to Verdi's thrilling tragedy of love, politics and betrayal.