22 May 2017
There's more to the art form than doom and gloom, as a number of comic gems prove.
15 March 2017
From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.
15 March 2017
Wagner's operatic hero actually existed, and his Monty Python-esque works range from the bawdy to the poignant.
14 March 2017
Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.
13 March 2017
Kasper Holten makes his farewell with a performance of Wagner's comic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryn Terfel.
6 March 2017
Wagner may have written his opera in the 19th century, but its themes of tension between populism and elitism make it strikingly relevant today.
24 February 2017
Our quick introduction to Richard Wagner’s glorious, profound comedy The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, on the role of the artist.
13 February 2017
Bryn Terfel, Antonio Pappano and Kasper Holten explored the music and production of Wagner's opera.
30 January 2017
From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?
2 November 2016
Russia’s second city has inspired numerous great ballets, operas, plays and works of literature.