17 March 2015
Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.
10 March 2015
Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.
23 February 2015
We celebrate the wide variety of musical styles Mozart uses in this wonderful opera.
29 January 2015
Wagner’s first great monologue for bass-baritone is a powerful evocation of yearning and despair.
19 January 2015
Giordano's music has a cinematic sweep in his depiction of the riotous trial where his hero is unjustly sentenced to death.
13 January 2015
Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.
9 January 2015
Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.
18 December 2014
Verdi uses traditional Italian form to create a duet of drama and soaring romance that celebrates the power of the human voice.
9 December 2014
Verdi’s music for the chorus ‘Ve’, se di notte’ shows how laughter can be used to heighten tragedy.
14 November 2014
Donizetti's loveable rogue Dulcamara is a cad and a swindler, but armed with a host of great tunes and the gift of the gab, he's irresistible.