24 April 2015
The composer was fascinated by Nietzsche’s theories of mankind’s opposing desires for control and for chaos – theories that drive the dilemma of King Roger.
22 April 2015
Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.
27 March 2015
Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.
10 March 2015
Our quick guide to Szymanowski’s sumptuous opera on self-control and desire.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.
24 April 2014
Operatic characters often look to the heavens, in thanks or in anguished supplication.