28 February 2017
The Russian soprano was told just an hour before curtain up that she would make her Royal Opera debut as Violetta in La traviata.
1 February 2017
Covent Garden’s production of Cilea’s best-known work features a spectacular working model in homage to a golden age of theatre.
19 January 2017
Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.
18 January 2017
The French actress’s glamorous life and sudden death inspired countless tales of murderous crimes of passion – including Adriana Lecouvreur.
19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
13 May 2015
Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.