19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
14 December 2015
Opera is one of many art forms that loves to dwell on what might have been.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
21 May 2015
The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.
22 April 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.
6 March 2014
Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.
3 October 2013
Verdi's political thriller offers one of his finest duets.
5 May 2013
Audience tweets about the return of Nicholas Hytner's production.
3 May 2013
From the terrors of the Spanish Inquisition to a troubled English queen, three iconic examples.