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Articles tagged with "by David McVicar"

Why opera isn't all tragedies and trauma

22 May 2017

There's more to the art form than doom and gloom, as a number of comic gems prove.

10 of opera's greatest bass roles

28 April 2017

From dastardly demons to boozy brothel owners – we give the low-down on opera’s best bass roles.

Your Reaction: What did you think of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur 2017?

8 February 2017

Your thoughts on David McVicar's sumptuous production of this tragic opera.

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur

1 February 2017

Covent Garden’s production of Cilea’s best-known work features a spectacular working model in homage to a golden age of theatre.

10 of the greatest bass-baritone roles

30 January 2017

From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?

Adriana Lecouvreur musical highlight: Princesse de Bouillon’s aria ‘Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura’

19 January 2017

Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.

Who was the real Adrienne Lecouvreur? The true story behind Cilea's opera

18 January 2017

The French actress’s glamorous life and sudden death inspired countless tales of murderous crimes of passion – including Adriana Lecouvreur.

Opera Essentials: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

12 January 2017

Our quick introduction to Cilea’s impassioned theatre tragedy, sumptuously realized in David McVicar’s Royal Opera production.

Girls being boys being girls: a short history of opera’s trouser roles

11 January 2017

Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.

10 of the most challenging mezzo-soprano roles

19 December 2016

Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.

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