19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
8 December 2016
The composer made it his mission to subvert the rigid culture of opera, and his controversial works saw him frequently battle the authorities.
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.
20 July 2016
Watch The Royal Opera Chorus perform the famous ‘Coro di zingari’ from Act 2, Scene 1 of Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera.
14 July 2016
David Bösch’s new Royal Opera production is available to watch around the world for 30 days.
6 July 2016
Verdi’s fiery tragedy has been a staple at the Royal Opera House for centuries, as revealed by a foray into our archives.
Listen: ‘The kind of music that arrives directly to your heart’ – Conductor Gianandrea Noseda on the power of Giuseppe Verdi
4 July 2016
The acclaimed Italian conductor explores what makes Verdi's music tick, and explains the challenges of performing it.
Watch: ‘Verdi felt the people of his own nation needed a voice’ – Why Nabucco remains politically potent
22 June 2016
Stars of Daniele Abbado’s production discuss why Verdi's Biblical epic was politically potent in his own time, and why it remains relevant today.
21 June 2016
How Verdi's operatic smash hit came to being — in spite of a tangled web of correspondence between composer and librettist.
20 June 2016
Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.