16 September 2016
Our one-stop guide to Bellini’s beautiful prayer for his title character, one of the best loved arias in the bel canto repertory.
20 June 2016
Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.
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.
6 June 2016
Verdi shines the spotlight on the opera’s bad guys in this thrilling, ferocious duet.
23 May 2016
Enescu writes spine-chilling music for Oedipus’ climactic meeting with the monstrous Sphinx.
11 April 2016
One of all opera's most dramatic scenes, this beautiful and complex ensemble is perhaps Donizetti's finest moment.
21 March 2016
Gerald Barry warps Oscar Wilde’s celebrated absurdist comedy into something even stranger in his brilliant operatic adaptation.
29 February 2016
Musorgsky's musical portrait of a fractured society and a fractured mind.
11 February 2016
Lauretta’s lovely little aria is key in shaping the black comedy of Gianni Schicchi, the final opera in Puccini’s triptych.
22 January 2016
Chabrier’s wonderful song of youthful dreaming makes history's neglect of the composer all the more surprising.