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Articles tagged with "Hector Berlioz"

10 of opera’s greatest tenor roles

20 June 2017

Our favourites of the undisputed kings of opera, from Idomeneo to Peter Grimes via Siegfried and Otello.

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 opera's greatest 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.