Watch: Nicola Luisotti on Puccini – ‘You can learn more from one of Puccini’s scores than from books’
27 May 2015
The conductor discusses the composer’s deceptive genius, and how best to approach his operas.
23 March 2015
The conductor introduces Ludwig Minkus, ‘one of the founding fathers of Russian ballet music’, through the music of Don Quixote.
17 March 2015
Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.
12 March 2015
This month the focus falls on new recordings from Bryan Hymel, Piotr Beczała and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.
10 March 2015
Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.
4 March 2015
12 secondary school pupils will have their fanfares orchestrated and recorded by the Royal Opera House Orchestra.
30 January 2015
This month the focus falls on new recordings from Anna Netrebko, Andris Nelsons and Diana Damrau.
13 January 2015
Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.
9 January 2015
Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.
Watch: John Fulljames on Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – 'It's our world reflected on the stage'
5 January 2015
The director on the power of Weill and Brecht's potent satire of consumerism, and its continued relevance in the 21st century.