15 January 2016
The life of courtesan Marie Duplessis and her early death from consumption inspired several works of art, including Verdi's famous opera.
Remixing in the age of Baroque: How and why Gluck transformed Orfeo ed Euridice into Orphée et Eurydice
11 September 2015
Gluck made significant changes when he adapted his opera for Paris – some of them controversial.
13 May 2015
Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.
17 December 2013
A look at the 19th-century fascination with the fallen woman.
3 July 2013
A guide to Puccini's tender opera.
18 February 2013
Love and death in bohemian Paris – a guide to Puccini's poignant opera, as the curtain goes up on John Copley's classic production.
29 September 2012
We take a look at the times in which grand opéra shuddered onto the opera scene.