18 December 2014
Verdi uses traditional Italian form to create a duet of drama and soaring romance that celebrates the power of the human voice.
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.
20 November 2014
Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?
19 November 2014
This month the focus falls on new recordings by Maria Callas, Antonio Pappano and Cecilia Bartoli.
18 November 2014
Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.
3 November 2014
The poem and symphony that inspired Liam Scarlett's new ballet depict the behaviours of four lonely people in a society teetering on the brink.
23 October 2014
Mozart movingly depicts four people driven to the limit in this exquisite Act III quartet – which the composer himself could never hear without weeping.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.
8 October 2014
This month the focus falls on new recordings by Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann and Franco Fagioli.
7 October 2014
Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.