15 March 2017
From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.
30 January 2017
From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?
19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
10 July 2015
Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.
27 March 2015
Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.
28 November 2013
How Bizet ratchets up the tension in one of opera's most thrilling endings.