15 September 2016
From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.
11 June 2015
This month features a magnificent recording of the Ring Cycle, an exceptional disc by Sonya Yoncheva and a new recording of Donizetti's rarely-performed Les Martyrs.
19 November 2014
Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.
29 October 2014
The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.
Fire on all sides! Descend on a cloud! Singing fish-children!: Opera’s most challenging stage directions
12 February 2014
Opera has long pushed the boundaries of what's possible on stage.
2 August 2013
Listen to our series of insights on Wagner's masterpiece.
16 October 2012
Petroc Trelawny, George Monbiot, Marcus du Sautoy and Sarah Lenton explore notions of the work as a parable of ecological destruction.
24 September 2012
As the curtain goes up on Keith Warner's production, a guide to Wagner's epic operatic cycle.
19 December 2011
Ahead of his new role in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg we speak to one of opera’s great elder statesmen about his career so far.
14 October 2011
The final part of our countdown, featuring among others Bugs Bunny as Brünnhilde.