2 October 2014
The enclosed set of The Royal Opera's production of Rossini's masterpiece heightens the comedy and the pathos.
23 September 2014
Storms as a narrative and compositional device in Rigoletto, Idomeneo and Il barbiere di Siviglia.
18 September 2014
Rossini scales new comic heights in this brilliant finale, a tangled web of farce that shows off his skill in writing for ensembles.
10 September 2014
Straitjacketed by musical and theatrical convention, how did Rossini create one operatic masterpiece, let alone ten?
5 September 2014
Our quick guide to Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.
9 July 2014
Beauty, politics and violence in Donizetti’s historical opera.
31 March 2014
The Royal Ballet opens the Autumn Season with Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful Manon. Highlights for The Royal Opera include Plácido Domingo in Verdi’s dark political tragedy I due Foscari and - in a new collaboration with the Roundhouse - Monteverdi’s Orfeo.
28 March 2014
Kasper Holten’s new production of Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger opens in the Spring Season. Royal Ballet highlights include Frederick Ashton’s English classic La Fille mal gardée, and a new work by leading choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
6 March 2014
Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.
16 February 2014
Puccini's operas are some of the world's most loved. We look at what makes his music so appealing.