20 June 2017
Our favourites of the undisputed kings of opera, from Idomeneo to Peter Grimes via Siegfried and Otello.
28 April 2017
From dastardly demons to boozy brothel owners – we give the low-down on opera’s best bass roles.
24 January 2017
Under-appreciated for centuries, the countertenor now storms the operatic stage.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
22 June 2015
Fantastical stories thousands of years old continue to influence today’s most prominent artists.
24 April 2015
Look on the sunny side of opera with a handful of the art form’s jollier moments.
17 February 2015
Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.
5 January 2015
Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.
31 October 2014
Although he only created one full-length ballet, the composer had more to do with dance than you might think.