17 February 2015
Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.
Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers
23 January 2015
Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.
18 November 2014
Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.
3 October 2014
The city has an important association with the art form that reaches from I due Foscari to Death in Venice.
18 September 2014
Rossini scales new comic heights in this brilliant finale, a tangled web of farce that shows off his skill in writing for ensembles.
10 September 2014
Straitjacketed by musical and theatrical convention, how did Rossini create one operatic masterpiece, let alone ten?
5 September 2014
Our quick guide to Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.
21 August 2014
Anna Nicole is just the tip of an iceberg – operas have long come with a sharp edge.
6 March 2014
From Rossini's famed recipes to dramatic onstage dinner deaths, opera is fascinated with food.