19 March 2015
Have we gone beyond Wagnerian snobbery about the genre’s reliance on special effects?
20 February 2015
In her first post, our Writer in Residence explores the fortunes of a spectacular art form.
22 April 2014
How the vernacular of Gounod’s era makes the work anything but trivial.
5 April 2014
What did you think of David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s grand opera?
17 December 2013
A look at the 19th-century fascination with the fallen woman.
18 October 2013
A quick guide to Verdi's first grand opera.
15 October 2013
A look at the opera as part of a distinguished operatic tradition.
24 June 2013
Laurent Pelly's production stars Olivier Award winner Bryan Hymel.
6 December 2012
As Robert le diable opens, the historian and broadcaster takes a look at the composer, his music and Jewish identity.
28 November 2012
A guide to Meyerbeer’s classic grand opera, as the curtain goes up on Laurent Pelly’s striking new production.