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Articles tagged with "analysis"

Il turco in Italia Musical Highlight: ‘D’un bell’uso in Turchio’

10 April 2015

Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.

Madama Butterfly Musical Highlight: The Humming Chorus

17 March 2015

Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.

Mahagonny Musical Highlight: The Mandalay Song

10 March 2015

Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight: The Improvviso

13 January 2015

Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.

Orfeo Musical Highlight: 'Possente spirto'

9 January 2015

Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.

Tristan und Isolde Musical Highlight: The ‘Tristan Chord’

20 November 2014

Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?

I due Foscari Musical highlight: The Act I finale

7 October 2014

Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.

Musical highlight: 'Quand ma bonté toujours nouvelle' from Les Vêpres siciliennes

14 October 2013

A closer look at a Verdi duet with a chilling revelation.

Musical highlight: ‘Morgen mittags um elf!’ from Capriccio

11 June 2013

The Countess's finale sees her choose between two prospective lovers and showcases Richard Strauss's love of the soprano voice.

Accessible Arias: Salome's final scene

13 April 2012

A severed head and a deranged princess - we take a look at what's going on musically.