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Articles tagged with "Gioachino Rossini"

Aiming high: 10 of the most challenging soprano roles

15 September 2016

From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Verdi and the rise of the mezzo-soprano

13 June 2016

With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.

Saving the best until last: Our favourite operatic swansongs


10 July 2015

Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.

Guillaume Tell musical highlight: ‘Sois immobile’

25 June 2015

Rossini gave his protagonist just one aria, but in it created a moment of startling intensity and beauty that lingers long in the memory and influenced Verdi and Wagner.

A turning point in opera: Rossini and Guillaume Tell

18 June 2015

Rossini made historic developments in his final opera, which precursed the tropes of modern film directors and ushered in a whole new genre.

Opera Essentials: Guillaume Tell

16 June 2015

Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.

Grand opera: A challenge for tenors and an opportunity for the chorus

30 April 2015

How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.

Laughing out Loud Part 2: More of our favourite comic moments in opera

24 April 2015

Look on the sunny side of opera with a handful of the art form’s jollier moments.

‘Born for buffa’: The tricks of the trade that Rossini exploited to become a master of comedy


13 April 2015

The Italian composer was a genius at creating silly, surprising and strangely moving comic operas.

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