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Articles tagged with "by Nicholas Hytner"

Verdi and the rise of the mezzo-soprano

13 June 2016

With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.

Remembrance of things past: Nostalgia in opera

14 December 2015

Opera is one of many art forms that loves to dwell on what might have been.

Holding up a mirror: How opera composers reflect community and society

19 November 2015

Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.

Verdi unpacked: A guide to the master of Italian opera

21 May 2015

The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.

Opera in the Real World Part 2: The historical figures behind some of opera's greatest characters

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.

Voices Off: Famous examples of offstage voices in opera

6 March 2014

Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.

Musical highlights: ‘Dio, che nell’alma infondere’ from Don Carlo

3 October 2013

Verdi's political thriller offers one of his finest duets.

Your reaction: Don Carlo

5 May 2013

Audience tweets about the return of Nicholas Hytner's production.

Political operas #1: Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra and Gloriana


3 May 2013

From the terrors of the Spanish Inquisition to a troubled English queen, three iconic examples.

Opera Essentials: Don Carlo

2 May 2013

A guide to Verdi's operatic depiction of Renaissance Spain.

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