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Articles tagged with "Musical highlight"

Mozart’s Mitridate musical highlight: ‘Lungi da te’

20 June 2017

Mozart was 14 going-on 15 when he wrote this gorgeous, virtuoso aria which displays the beginnings of his mature musical and dramatic insight.

Verdi's Otello musical highlight: Desdemona’s Willow Song and Ave Maria

13 June 2017

An incredibly powerful argument for how goodness and love can survive in even the most nightmarish circumstances.

Don Carlo musical highlight: the Grand Inquisitor duet

16 May 2017

This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.

Puccini's Madama Butterfly musical highlight: ‘Un bel dì vedremo’

28 March 2017

Cio-Cio-San’s much-loved aria is a perfect and painful encapsulation of the tragedy at the opera’s heart.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg musical highlight: ‘Selig, wie die Sonne’

14 March 2017

Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.

Adriana Lecouvreur musical highlight: Princesse de Bouillon’s aria ‘Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura’

19 January 2017

Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.

Der Rosenkavalier musical highlight: ‘Hab mir’s gelobt’

21 December 2016

What makes Strauss's trio for female voice so powerful that the composer requested it be played at his funeral?

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut musical highlight: The intermezzo

17 November 2016

Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann musical highlight: The Doll Aria

14 November 2016

Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.

Handel’s Oreste musical highlight: ‘Ah mia cara’

2 November 2016

This gorgeous duet may be recycled from an earlier work, but if anything that only shows what great taste its composer had.

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