16 May 2017
This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.
19 April 2017
This intense duet reflects the shared obsession that will lead Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera to their joint suicide.
28 March 2017
Cio-Cio-San’s much-loved aria is a perfect and painful encapsulation of the tragedy at the opera’s heart.
14 March 2017
Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.
17 February 2017
Unicorns, medieval tapestries and glittering diamonds – Balanchine’s magnificent pas de deux draws on some surprising influences.
7 February 2017
Who are the left-field fairytale characters who dance in the ballet's final act, and what makes their moment in the spotlight so spellbinding?
19 January 2017
Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.
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.