16 May 2017
This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.
25 June 2015
The composer managed to remain very much himself while adapting to French tastes.
22 June 2015
Why it would be a mistake to cut the ballet sequences of Guillaume Tell.
19 June 2015
How Rossini’s foregrounding of the people radically changed the balance of drama in the opera.
17 June 2015
With Guillaume Tell in rehearsal, we look at the challenge of making the heightened emotions involved convincing.
8 June 2015
The Royal Opera’s Writer in Residence joins Damiano Michieletto as he works with singers on giving dramatic depth to their roles.
28 May 2015
Operas and plays of the early 1800s allowed the people of Europe to reflect on turbulent recent history.
30 April 2015
How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.
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.