19 September 2016
Research into the original manuscripts of this famously ambiguous opera reveals that even its creators couldn’t decide what was going on.
A Norma trapped by society’s norms: the challenges of directing Bellini’s masterpiece in the 21st century
16 September 2016
Director Àlex Ollé on why Norma is no stock character but a very human figure, whose doubts and problems have an entirely contemporary resonance.
31 May 2016
Verdi’s much-loved chorus from the opera Nabucco has achieved an almost mythic status as a politically influential piece – but the truth is a little more complicated than that.
26 April 2016
Investigating the true stories and scientific discoveries behind Mary Shelley’s literary masterpiece
30 March 2016
Irish composer Gerald Barry defies common sense at every turn in his operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play, to surprisingly ingenious effect.
3 March 2016
The unresolved controversy surrounding the Russian tsar and his ascent to power has inspired great works including Musorgsky’s epic opera.
16 February 2016
Wright’s Royal Ballet production has become the must-see staging of this quintessential Romantic ballet.
25 January 2016
The composer of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Manet.
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.
11 December 2015
Look closer at this masterpiece and you'll see an entirely new kind of opera, one which rails against the societal conventions its composer loathed.