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Articles categorised as "Opera"

How to Build an Opera Star: The rise and fall of the castrato

21 November 2014

The barbaric practice of castrating boys yielded some of the greatest musical stars of the Baroque period, and had a huge influence on music of the time.

Tristan und Isolde Musical Highlight: The ‘Tristan Chord’

20 November 2014

Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?

Wagner unpacked: A guide to one of opera's greatest composers

19 November 2014

Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.

Your reaction: L'elisir d'amore 2014

19 November 2014

What did you think of Laurent Pelly's production of Donizetti's comedy?

Watch: How to sing Rossini with Mark Elder

18 November 2014

Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Your reaction: Glare

18 November 2014

What did you think of Thaddeus Strassberger's production of Søren Nils Eichberg's robot opera?

L'elisir d'amore musical highlight: ‘Udite, udite, o rustici!’

14 November 2014

Donizetti's loveable rogue Dulcamara is a cad and a swindler, but armed with a host of great tunes and the gift of the gab, he's irresistible.

Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore live in cinemas on 26 November 2014

13 November 2014

Laurent Pelly’s Royal Opera production stars Bryn Terfel, Vittorio Grigolo and Lucy Crowe.

How to be perfect: Androids, humans and the danger of the ideal

13 November 2014

Søren Nils Eichberg’s opera Glare explores a recurrent issue in science fiction - what do you do if you can't tell who is real?

Meet Vittorio Grigolo at the ROH on 15 November 2014

11 November 2014

The Italian tenor will be signing copies of his latest CD, The Romantic Hero.

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