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Articles categorised as "Music"

More than pitch: operatic voices

12 October 2017

Do you know your mezzo-soprano from your countertenor? Discover the subtleties of opera's voice types

From proto-rock star to genre-defining artist: How Liszt reinvented himself

18 May 2017

Why did Liszt abandon a life of wild excess to forge a radical (and risky) new path?

How Ravi Shankar's Sukanya came to life

4 May 2017

The iconic sitarist’s only opera was left unfinished upon his death, but it has now been completed and will soon be heard for the first time.

The ondes martenot: The eeriest instrument ever invented?

21 April 2017

The otherworldly instrument that paved the way for the synthesizer explosion has seduced everyone from Messiaen to Radiohead.

Opera and Music at the Royal Opera House 2017/18

5 April 2017

Details of The Royal Opera’s 2017/18 Season have been announced.

Watch: Philip Glass reflects on his early life as a struggling musician

29 January 2017

Now one of the world's most celebrated artists, the composer made ends meet with stints as a taxi driver and removal man.

Painting with music: How Tchaikovsky used the orchestra to create unrivalled ballet scores

24 November 2016

The great Russian composer was a genius in orchestration, but he outdid himself with The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

A trip around Handel’s London

18 November 2016

Handel made his mark, and then some – and nearly 300 years later we can still revisit some of his favourite haunts.

Out Loud: Royal Opera Chorus to join Joseph Calleja for free pop-up performance

26 August 2016

Visitors to Covent Garden are invited to perform with the Royal Opera Chorus and soloists in a one-day celebration of song.

Royal Opera broadcasts for autumn and winter 2016/17 announced

25 August 2016

Upcoming radio broadcasts from Covent Garden include Così fan tutte, Norma and The Barber of Seville.

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