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.
22 January 2016
Chabrier’s wonderful song of youthful dreaming makes history's neglect of the composer all the more surprising.
8 January 2016
Violetta may hide her true feelings with a life of parties and excess, but Verdi's first aria for her reveals her desperate longing for love.
27 November 2015
In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.
30 September 2015
Don José’s only aria is a brilliant portrayal of masochistic devotion.
14 September 2015
Mozart showcases his immense skill in depicting complex characters with this exquisite aria depicting Countess Almaviva’s inner torment.
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.
14 January 2015
If the drama demands it, should passages of works be cut; or should we leave works as intended by the composer?
13 January 2015
Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.
9 January 2015
Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.