13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
10 July 2015
Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.
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.
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.
16 June 2015
Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.
30 April 2015
How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.
24 April 2015
Look on the sunny side of opera with a handful of the art form’s jollier moments.
13 April 2015
The Italian composer was a genius at creating silly, surprising and strangely moving comic operas.
10 April 2015
Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.
8 April 2015
Our quick guide to Rossini’s delightful comedy.