15 March 2017
From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.
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.
15 July 2016
With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
6 May 2015
Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!
24 April 2014
Operatic characters often look to the heavens, in thanks or in anguished supplication.