13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
24 April 2016
As the London Marathon takes place, take a look at the longest works in the operatic repertory.
14 December 2015
Opera is one of many art forms that loves to dwell on what might have been.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
21 May 2015
The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.
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.
6 March 2014
Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.
3 March 2014
Highlights include a screening of Zeffirelli's 1964 Tosca starring Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi.
3 October 2013
Verdi's political thriller offers one of his finest duets.
From celebrity chefs to Hollywood stars: Verdi’s far-reaching influence, as shown on ‘Desert Island Discs ’
25 September 2013
The BBC Radio 4 archive reveals Verdi is a top choice for famous castaways from across the globe.