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.
9 March 2015
Our quick guide to Puccini's iconic and heartbreaking tragedy.
29 January 2015
Wagner’s first great monologue for bass-baritone is a powerful evocation of yearning and despair.
20 January 2015
Choreographer John Cranko brings to life the internal worlds of his characters through expressive movement in his ballet adaptation of Pushkin’s poem.
19 January 2015
Giordano's music has a cinematic sweep in his depiction of the riotous trial where his hero is unjustly sentenced to death.
13 January 2015
Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.
12 January 2015
One of the most striking choreographic devices John Cranko uses to tell Tatiana’s story.
9 January 2015
Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.
18 December 2014
Verdi uses traditional Italian form to create a duet of drama and soaring romance that celebrates the power of the human voice.