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Articles by Sofie Vilcins

Brilliant and bizarre: the extraordinary life of Richard Wagner

29 May 2018

Loved and hated in equal measure – if there was a character like Wagner in one of his operas, you might think him too far-fetched.

Musical highlight: Puccini’s La bohème, Act I finale

1 May 2018

Puccini wrote some of the most romantic music in all opera to capture the intensity of two people falling in love.

Opera Essentials: Janáček's From the House of the Dead

23 February 2018

A quick guide to Janáček's intense opera, based on Dostoyevsky's novel.

Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

14 February 2018

A quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's captivating ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's compelling play.

Opera Essentials: Bizet's Carmen

12 February 2018

Don't expect Spanish heat and gypsy passion from The Royal Opera's new production of Carmen.

Daring to be outlandish: Antonio Pappano on Strauss's Salome

23 January 2018

'I find the skill of Strauss is awesome, it’s frightening how he paints those pictures with his music.'