6 May 2015
Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!
30 April 2015
How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.
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.