5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?
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
Following Daniel Barenboim's Proms Ring Cycle at the Proms, 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.
25 October 2012
British Director talks about his inspiration and whether there is hope at the end of the Ring.
16 October 2012
Petroc Trelawny, George Monbiot, Marcus du Sautoy and Sarah Lenton explore notions of the work as a parable of ecological destruction.