19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
17 February 2015
Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.
Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers
23 January 2015
Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?
31 October 2014
Although he only created one full-length ballet, the composer had more to do with dance than you might think.
6 March 2014
Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.
22 November 2013
Music and life of one of the greatest composers of the 20th-century marked by live performances and broadcasts.
11 October 2013
From Russian tsars to Suffolk fishermen, Alban Berg's Wozzeck isn't the only opera character to be driven insane.
28 June 2013
A look over this troubled relationship – and the glorious operas it produced.