17 March 2015
Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.
16 March 2015
With this tragedy, Puccini transcended the role of composer by incorporating touches that mark him as a dramatist of genius.
9 March 2015
Our quick guide to Puccini's iconic and heartbreaking tragedy.
17 February 2015
Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.
24 November 2014
19th-century opera is renowned for its depiction of intense love affairs.
1 September 2014
From cheerful go-getting lumberjacks to a city of hedonism in the desert, lyric theatre has long confronted the ideals of the USA.
12 July 2014
Henry Murger's tales are a far cry from the soaring romanticism of Puccini's opera.
1 July 2014
Why Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown’s production focuses on the ugly side of Puccini’s opera.
16 June 2014
The man who created Manon Lescaut was, like his heroine, full of contradictions.
5 June 2014
What the climax of Puccini's opera tells us about historical European attitudes to America.