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.
24 January 2017
Under-appreciated for centuries, the countertenor now storms the operatic stage.
19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
16 June 2016
Latex cakes, enormous metal horses and a record-breaking tree – uncovering the stories and the artistry behind our favourite stage props.
13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
10 July 2015
Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.
22 June 2015
Fantastical stories thousands of years old continue to influence today’s most prominent artists.
16 June 2015
Greek myths and dramas have inspired the acclaimed British composer Harrison Birtwistle throughout his career.
18 December 2014
Stephen Langridge's Royal Opera production of Wagner’s final opera, starring Simon O'Neill, Angela Denoke, René Pape and Gerald Finley.
19 November 2014
Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.