19 January 2017
Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.
17 November 2016
Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.
14 November 2016
Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.
19 October 2016
The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.
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.
18 April 2016
Wagner and Verdi were rivals in many ways, but the Italianate flourishes of Wolfram’s Hymn to the Evening Star reveals a begrudging mutual influence.
11 April 2016
One of all opera's most dramatic scenes, this beautiful and complex ensemble is perhaps Donizetti's finest moment.
29 February 2016
Musorgsky's musical portrait of a fractured society and a fractured mind.
3 February 2016
Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.
25 January 2016
The hypnotic second movement from Christopher Wheeldon’s masterful abstract ballet has a special power and resonance.