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.
1 May 2014
A hypnotic moment of stillness in Puccini's operatic thriller.
28 April 2014
We take a closer look at the glittering Act III sextet from Mozart and Da Ponte's ebullient comedy.
17 April 2014
We look at the moving final duet between Verdi's heroine Violetta and her love Alfredo.
18 March 2014
We explore a very special duet from Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera.
7 January 2014
We look at a handful of the gorgeous arias composed for this charming, capricious heroine.
6 December 2013
What is it about the ‘bad girls’ of opera that we find so appealing?