29 June 2015
It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.
24 June 2015
Our quick guide to Verdi’s last opera, his comic masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare’s drunken knight.
23 June 2015
How one vocal experiment revolutionized operatic vocal writing, and what audiences expected from the art form's leading men.
16 June 2015
Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.
16 June 2015
Greek myths and dramas have inspired the acclaimed British composer Harrison Birtwistle throughout his career.
5 June 2015
The great seducer's tongue-twisting Act I aria reveals his irrepressible energy and love of life.
4 June 2015
The Italian composer created some of opera’s most enchanting romances.
13 May 2015
Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.
24 April 2015
Look on the sunny side of opera with a handful of the art form’s jollier moments.
22 April 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.