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Articles categorised as "Opera"

Your Reaction: Massenet's Werther live in cinemas

27 June 2016

What did you think of The Royal Opera's live relay of the Goethe-influenced tragedy starring Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo?

Anvils as instruments? Why every orchestra could do with some heavy metal

22 June 2016

How an enormous block of steel became a big hit on the opera stage - and beyond.

Watch: Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato discuss their stellar careers

22 June 2016

Two of opera's greatest stars share their thoughts on the art form and how it has evolved over the past 60 years, as well as what it needs to do to survive.

Watch: ‘Verdi felt the people of his own nation needed a voice’ – Why Nabucco remains politically potent

22 June 2016

Stars of Daniele Abbado’s production discuss why Verdi's Biblical epic was politically potent in his own time, and why it remains relevant today.

Opera Essentials: Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis

22 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Iain Bell’s opera inspired by David Jones’s epic poem about the horrors of World War I.

Crossed wires and ‘too many deaths’: The troubled genesis of Verdi’s Il trovatore

21 June 2016

How Verdi's operatic smash hit came to being — in spite of a tangled web of correspondence between composer and librettist.

Massenet’s Werther to be relayed live to cinemas on 27 June 2016

21 June 2016

Join presenter Simon Callow as the French opera starring Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo is broadcast to over 25 countries worldwide.

Il trovatore musical highlight: ‘Tace la notte’

20 June 2016

Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.

Your Reaction: Massenet's Werther

20 June 2016

What did you think of Benoît Jacquot’s Royal Opera production of Massenet’s operatic tragedy?

Werther Musical Highlight: Charlotte’s ‘Air des lettres’

17 June 2016

In one of the opera's most heart-wrenching moments, Massenet gives us a crucial insight into his heroine’s tortured soul, as she reflects on a love that can never be.

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