3 February 2016
Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.
29 January 2016
Richard Eyre's production of Verdi's tragic tale of love and loss stars Venera Gimadieva and Saimir Pirgu.
15 January 2016
The life of courtesan Marie Duplessis and her early death from consumption inspired several works of art, including Verdi's famous opera.
8 January 2016
Violetta may hide her true feelings with a life of parties and excess, but Verdi's first aria for her reveals her desperate longing for love.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
10 July 2015
Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.
6 July 2015
Verdi may have been well into his seventies by the time he wrote his two final operas, but he saved possibly his finest works until last.
29 June 2015
It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.
21 May 2015
The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.
13 May 2015
Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.