21 December 2016
What makes Strauss's trio for female voice so powerful that the composer requested it be played at his funeral?
17 November 2016
Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.
14 November 2016
Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.
2 November 2016
This gorgeous duet may be recycled from an earlier work, but if anything that only shows what great taste its composer had.
25 October 2016
In 2006, the future Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet made history by ripping up the rulebook of classical dance with a piece set to music by The White Stripes.
19 October 2016
The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.
30 September 2016
Our one-stop guide to Mozart’s exquisitely written aria, both an insight into and a commentary on the character Fiordiligi.
20 September 2016
Much more than a charming set-piece with some snazzy shoes, Ashton’s delightful Lancastrian clog dance draws on traditions that are both English and international.
16 September 2016
Our one-stop guide to Bellini’s beautiful prayer for his title character, one of the best loved arias in the bel canto repertory.
20 June 2016
Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.