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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Why opera isn't all tragedies and trauma

22 May 2017

There's more to the art form than doom and gloom, as a number of comic gems prove.

How do you complete an opera when its composer has died before finishing it?

22 May 2017

The opera repertory is littered with controversial, posthumously completed works.

10 of opera's greatest bass roles

28 April 2017

From dastardly demons to boozy brothel owners – we give the low-down on opera’s best bass roles.

Opera Essentials: Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel

18 April 2017

Our quick introduction to the UK premiere of the latest work from one of today’s leading composers.

Opera Essentials: Puccini's Madama Butterfly

23 March 2017

Our quick guide to Puccini's heartbreaking opera.

From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

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.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg musical highlight: ‘Selig, wie die Sonne’

14 March 2017

Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.

Opera Essentials: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

24 February 2017

Our quick introduction to Richard Wagner’s glorious, profound comedy The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, on the role of the artist.

10 of the greatest bass-baritone roles

30 January 2017

From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?

Angels, devils, fools and women: exploring the role of the countertenor

24 January 2017

Under-appreciated for centuries, the countertenor now storms the operatic stage.

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