Listen: Antonio Pappano on Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci — ‘The music is always on the verge of tears’
26 November 2015
The conductor on why Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s operas, immortalized in films including The Godfather, so perfectly encapsulate Italy and its people.
28 April 2015
Sicily's eclectic history inspired the Polish composer to fuse a variety of different styles in his masterful opera.
21 November 2014
The barbaric practice of castrating boys yielded some of the greatest musical stars of the Baroque period, and had a huge influence on music of the time.
16 July 2014
Maria Stuarda wasn't the only of the composer's operas to raise official hackles.
6 June 2013
Production photos, behind the scenes films and essential guides to Verdi's biblical epic opera.
28 March 2013
The Italian baritone on Verdi as a towering figure of Italian art, and his own childhood.
19 February 2013
Blogger Opera Chic on why the Italian baritone is perfect for his upcoming role.
11 February 2013
A look at Verdi's famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Italy's unofficial national anthem.