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Articles categorised as "Opera"

Opera Essentials: Puccini's Madama Butterfly

23 March 2017

Our quick guide to Puccini's heartbreaking opera.

Butterfly’s sanctuary: The long history of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House

20 March 2017

From the opera’s UK premiere in 1905 through to the present day, Puccini’s much-loved opera has a long and close relationship with Covent Garden.

From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

15 March 2017

From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.

The man behind the Meistersinger: Who was the real Hans Sachs?

15 March 2017

Wagner's operatic hero actually existed, and his Monty Python-esque works range from the bawdy to the poignant.

Watch: Insights into the music, history and staging of Puccini's Madama Butterfly

15 March 2017

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho discusses her upcoming role as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s beautiful opera.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg musical highlight: ‘Selig, wie die Sonne’

14 March 2017

Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.

Your Reaction: What did you think of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg?

13 March 2017

Kasper Holten makes his farewell with a performance of Wagner's comic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryn Terfel.

Remembering Kurt Moll at Covent Garden

7 March 2017

The great German bass sang regularly with The Royal Opera throughout his career.

Why Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is an opera for our times

6 March 2017

Wagner may have written his opera in the 19th century, but its themes of tension between populism and elitism make it strikingly relevant today.

Renée Fleming, Così fan tutte and 4.48 Psychosis nominated for Olivier Awards 2017

6 March 2017

The Royal Opera has received three nominations in total.

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