28 March 2017
Cio-Cio-San’s much-loved aria is a perfect and painful encapsulation of the tragedy at the opera’s heart.
14 March 2017
Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.
19 January 2017
Cilea writes a fiery, impassioned aria for his villainess – proof that in opera, even baddies can be pitiable.
21 December 2016
What makes Strauss's trio for female voice so powerful that the composer requested it be played at his funeral?
17 November 2016
Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.
14 November 2016
Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.
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.
19 October 2016
The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.
30 September 2016
Our one-stop guide to Mozart’s exquisitely written aria, both an insight into and a commentary on the character Fiordiligi.
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.