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.
17 April 2015
This month the focus falls on a new album from Diana Damrau, a reissue from Leonard Bernstein and a must-hear, Orpheus-inspired Baroque compilation.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?
14 November 2014
Donizetti's loveable rogue Dulcamara is a cad and a swindler, but armed with a host of great tunes and the gift of the gab, he's irresistible.
3 October 2014
The city has an important association with the art form that reaches from I due Foscari to Death in Venice.
18 July 2014
This tumultuous period of British history inspired a host of 19th-century operas.
16 July 2014
Maria Stuarda wasn't the only of the composer's operas to raise official hackles.
7 July 2014
Composers have long been inspired by the work of playwrights.
6 July 2014
What did you think of Moshe Leiser's and Patrice Caurier's arresting new production of Donizetti's Tudor tragedy?
30 June 2014
The fiery scene that originally led to the opera being banned sees Donizetti at his most blisteringly dramatic.