27 August 2015
Our quick introduction to Gluck’s revolutionary opera, inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus.
22 June 2015
Fantastical stories thousands of years old continue to influence today’s most prominent artists.
19 February 2015
The exact authors of Swan Lake are unknown – but the ballet shows the influence of a variety of different fairytales.
9 February 2015
What was it in the tale of a doomed loner that so inspired the composer to create one of his first operatic masterpieces?
27 January 2015
Our quick guide to Wagner's first great work, inspired by the tale of a legendary ghost ship.
9 January 2015
Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.
6 January 2015
Former Artistic Director of the RSC Michael Boyd on making his operatic debut and why Monteverdi’s music is like listening to Shakespeare.
22 December 2014
Our quick guide to the first operatic masterpiece, a tale of love and loss.
29 October 2014
The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.
9 October 2014
We speak to one of the creators of new ballet Cassandra, and to a consultant psychiatrist, about understanding and representing psychosis on stage.