23 March 2017
Our quick guide to Puccini's heartbreaking opera.
15 March 2017
From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.
14 March 2017
Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.
24 February 2017
Our quick introduction to Richard Wagner’s glorious, profound comedy The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, on the role of the artist.
30 January 2017
From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?
24 January 2017
Under-appreciated for centuries, the countertenor now storms the operatic stage.
19 January 2017
Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.
12 January 2017
Our quick introduction to Cilea’s impassioned theatre tragedy, sumptuously realized in David McVicar’s Royal Opera production.
11 January 2017
Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.
21 December 2016
What makes Strauss's trio for female voice so powerful that the composer requested it be played at his funeral?