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Articles tagged with "Francesco Cilea"

Vlada Borovko on the thrills and challenges of performing a lead role at short notice

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.

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur

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.

Adriana Lecouvreur musical highlight: Princesse de Bouillon’s aria ‘Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura’

19 January 2017

Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.

Who was the real Adrienne Lecouvreur? The true story behind Cilea's opera

18 January 2017

The French actress’s glamorous life and sudden death inspired countless tales of murderous crimes of passion – including Adriana Lecouvreur.

10 of opera's greatest mezzo-soprano roles

19 December 2016

Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.

Some things are better left unsung: Why composers use speech in opera

2 November 2015

Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.

Opera in the City of Love: Paris as muse

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.