19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
5 January 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.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?
19 November 2014
Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.
18 September 2014
Opera isn't all tragic sopranos and tormented tenors, as these five classic comic moments prove.
27 June 2014
Composers from Purcell to Turnage bring the audience onstage by writing them into the music.
29 November 2013
The Canadian baritone speaks to BBC Radio 3’s In Tune about The Royal Opera’s new production.
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.