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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Aiming high: 10 of the most challenging soprano roles

15 September 2016

From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.

Opera Essentials: Mozart's Così fan tutte

6 September 2016

Our quick introduction to Mozart and Da Ponte’s glorious opera on the nature of love.

Opera Essentials: Bellini’s Norma

5 September 2016

Our quick introduction to Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.

Werther Musical Highlight: Charlotte’s ‘Air des lettres’

17 June 2016

In one of the opera's most heart-wrenching moments, Massenet gives us a crucial insight into his heroine’s tortured soul, as she reflects on a love that can never be.

Verdi and the rise of the mezzo-soprano

13 June 2016

With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.

Opera Essentials: Massenet's Werther

7 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.

Opera Essentials: Verdi's Nabucco

2 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Verdi’s first great success, home to the famous ‘Va pensiero’ chorus.

Opera Essentials: Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore

18 May 2016

Our quick introduction to a thrilling masterpiece which features some of its composer's most powerful music.

Opera Essentials: George Enescu's Oedipe

26 April 2016

Our quick introduction to Enescu’s only opera and his masterpiece, inspired by the Greek tragedy of Oedipus.

Tannhäuser Musical Highlight: ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’

18 April 2016

Wagner and Verdi were rivals in many ways, but the Italianate flourishes of Wolfram’s Hymn to the Evening Star reveals a begrudging mutual influence.

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