11 January 2017
Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.
19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
15 September 2016
From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.
2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
4 March 2015
The political situation in Germany's Weimar Republic contributed to perhaps the most wildly-creative decade in opera's history.
22 July 2014
Schonberg's Moses und Aron may seem daunting, but dip a toe in the water and you might be pleasantly surprised.
27 June 2014
Composers from Purcell to Turnage bring the audience onstage by writing them into the music.
24 April 2014
Operatic characters often look to the heavens, in thanks or in anguished supplication.
1 November 2013
What did you think of Keith Warner's production of Alban Berg's dark and tragic opera?
30 October 2013
Conductor Mark Elder's introduction to Berg's opera, as well as a look at how the composer used the vocal technique of Sprechgesang.