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Articles by Kate Hopkins

How the world of theatre influenced Katie Mitchell's Lucia di Lammermoor

24 November 2017

Known for her thought-provoking and highly individual theatre productions, how has director Katie Mitchell shaped The Royal Opera's production of Lucia?

Remembering Paul Brown (1960–2017)

14 November 2017

The Welsh designer, who worked regularly with both Graham Vick and Jonathan Kent at the Royal Opera House and elsewhere, has died suddenly.

5 great opera entrances

19 October 2017

How to really make an entrance, on cue, whether you're an emperor, a priestess or a salesman.

Opera Essentials: Everything you need to know about Puccini's La bohème

11 September 2017

Richard Jones' hotly-anticipated new production opens The Royal Opera's 2017/18 Season.

10 of opera’s greatest tenor roles

20 June 2017

Our favourites of the undisputed kings of opera, from Idomeneo to Peter Grimes via Siegfried and Otello.

Opera Essentials: Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto

16 June 2017

Everything you need to know about this vibrant work, written when the composer was just 14 years old.

Verdi's Otello musical highlight: Desdemona’s Willow Song and Ave Maria

13 June 2017

An incredibly powerful argument for how goodness and love can survive in even the most nightmarish circumstances.

Opera Essentials: Verdi’s Otello

12 June 2017

Everything you need to know about this fiery Shakespearean tragedy, a late work from the master of Italian opera.

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.

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