30 September 2015
Don José’s only aria is a brilliant portrayal of masochistic devotion.
25 September 2015
This neuroscience-inspired pas de deux from Alastair Marriott’s acclaimed ballet powerfully evokes a sense of loss on a journey through life.
6 July 2015
Verdi may have been well into his seventies by the time he wrote his two final operas, but he saved possibly his finest works until last.
29 June 2015
It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.
25 June 2015
Rossini gave his protagonist just one aria, but in it created a moment of startling intensity and beauty that lingers long in the memory and influenced Verdi and Wagner.
11 May 2015
When the huge stage you're working on can accommodate 33 red London buses, how do directors illuminate the nuanced inner struggles of a character?
10 April 2015
Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.
17 March 2015
Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.
10 March 2015
Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.
13 January 2015
Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.