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Articles tagged with "jules massenet"

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.

An undying musical influence: Goethe, the individual and a message of hope

28 June 2016

Why have Goethe's works influenced composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Massenet?

Watch: 'Life and death on the stage' — The overwhelming emotional experience of Massenet's Werther

28 June 2016

Joyce DiDonato, Vittorio Grigòlo and members of the cast and creative team share their thoughts on what makes this French opera a masterpiece.

Massenet’s Werther to be relayed live to cinemas on 27 June 2016

21 June 2016

Join presenter Simon Callow as the French opera starring Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo is broadcast to over 25 countries worldwide.

Werther Musical Highlight: Charlotte’s ‘Air des lettres’

17 June 2016

In one of the opera's most heart-wrenching moments, Massenet gives us a crucial insight into his heroine’s tortured soul, as she reflects on a love that can never be.

Werther: The reputation-risking gamble that cemented Massenet’s place in history

14 June 2016

By the late 1880s, Massenet had become renowned for his crowd-pleasing operas – he responded with a work written for himself.

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.

Opera Essentials: Massenet's Werther

7 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.

Watch: Werther live-streamed Insight event

2 June 2016

Join Music Director Antonio Pappano as he explores the haunting score of Massenet's opera.

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