16 March 2015
With this tragedy, Puccini transcended the role of composer by incorporating touches that mark him as a dramatist of genius.
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?
20 January 2015
Choreographer John Cranko brings to life the internal worlds of his characters through expressive movement in his ballet adaptation of Pushkin’s poem.
15 January 2015
Operas about ‘real people’ and verismo operas are not always the same thing.
Christopher Wheeldon and the many different styles that bring Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to life
1 December 2014
To create his ballet the choreographer drew on everything from classical ballet to tap and Broadway musicals.
28 November 2014
Wagner explores the clash between his heroine's interior world and the harsh outer world in this operatic masterpiece.
12 October 2014
The composer thought his early tragedy too bleak – but look closer and Verdi the dramatist begins to emerge from the shadows in this crucial work.
10 September 2014
Straitjacketed by musical and theatrical convention, how did Rossini create one operatic masterpiece, let alone ten?
1 March 2014
A look at the surprising influence Donizetti's charming opéra comique had on 19th-century Italian opera.
29 October 2013
A look at the inception, creation and reception of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.