20 June 2017
Our favourites of the undisputed kings of opera, from Idomeneo to Peter Grimes via Siegfried and Otello.
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.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder are just the tip of the iceberg.
19 November 2014
Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.
24 June 2014
Opera has always flirted with catastrophic events. We look at how opera composers and directors have faced the apocalypse.
Fire on all sides! Descend on a cloud! Singing fish-children!: Opera’s most challenging stage directions
12 February 2014
Opera has long pushed the boundaries of what's possible on stage.
26 August 2013
A look into the BBC Radio 4 archives reveals the diversity of Wagner fans.
2 August 2013
Listen to our series of insights on Wagner's masterpiece.
2 November 2012
Who, if anyone, is redeemed at the end of Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle?
26 October 2012
Roger Scruton, Peggy Reynolds and John Deathridge look into Wagner's masterpiece to ask if true love exists.