18 July 2014
This tumultuous period of British history inspired a host of 19th-century operas.
16 July 2014
Maria Stuarda wasn't the only of the composer's operas to raise official hackles.
11 July 2014
Cast includes Joyce DiDonato, Carmen Giannattasio, Ismael Jordi and Jeremy Carpenter, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
7 July 2014
Composers have long been inspired by the work of playwrights.
6 July 2014
What did you think of Moshe Leiser's and Patrice Caurier's arresting new production of Donizetti's Tudor tragedy?
4 July 2014
The Italian soprano tells BBC Radio 3 about how she approaches opera's twin demands of singing and acting, and the challenges of wearing a two-stone costume.
30 June 2014
The fiery scene that originally led to the opera being banned sees Donizetti at his most blisteringly dramatic.
25 June 2014
A quick guide to Donizetti's blistering Tudor drama, which pits Mary Queen of Scots against Elizabeth I.
16 June 2014
Intrigue, murder and some bad decisions in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.
8 June 2014
Political and moral agendas have seen some of history's greatest composers put under pressure to change their work.