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.
25 June 2015
Rossini gave his protagonist just one aria, but in it created a moment of startling intensity and beauty that lingers long in the memory and influenced Verdi and Wagner.
5 June 2015
The great seducer's tongue-twisting Act I aria reveals his irrepressible energy and love of life.
1 May 2015
The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.