22 January 2016
Chabrier’s wonderful song of youthful dreaming makes history's neglect of the composer all the more surprising.
11 January 2016
A stunning musical depiction of Heaven and Hell closes Act I of Puccini's iconic Roman opera.
8 January 2016
Violetta may hide her true feelings with a life of parties and excess, but Verdi's first aria for her reveals her desperate longing for love.
30 November 2015
Mascagni’s draws on church music in this masterful and intense evocation of a small community and one guilt-ridden woman’s position outside of it.
27 November 2015
In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.
16 October 2015
An effortless and moving statement of undying love, this aria from opera's earliest years by Luigi Rossi deserves to be far better known.
30 September 2015
Don José’s only aria is a brilliant portrayal of masochistic devotion.
14 September 2015
Mozart showcases his immense skill in depicting complex characters with this exquisite aria depicting Countess Almaviva’s inner torment.
4 September 2015
This stunning sequence of dances gives a vivid impression of Orpheus’s journey through the Underworld, and contains some of Gluck’s best loved music.
29 June 2015
It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.