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.
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.