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Articles tagged with "Hector Berlioz"

Girls being boys being girls: a short history of opera’s trouser roles

11 January 2017

Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.

10 of the most challenging mezzo-soprano roles

19 December 2016

Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.

Verdi and the rise of the mezzo-soprano

13 June 2016

With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.

Our favourite romantic love duets

24 November 2014

19th-century opera is renowned for its depiction of intense love affairs.

Watch: Bryan Hymel on Les Troyens

2 July 2012

The American tenor tells us about the challenges of Berlioz's opera and about David McVicar's new production.