13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
2 September 2015
Opera is (perhaps justly) infamous for killing off its heroines – we look at some of the women who buck the trend.
Claus Guth’s production of Die Frau ohne Schatten wins Best Opera at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015
8 June 2015
Richard Strauss’s dark fairytale honoured at a ceremony held at The Savoy Hotel in London, last night.
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.
6 May 2015
Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!
4 March 2015
The political situation in Germany's Weimar Republic contributed to perhaps the most wildly-creative decade in opera's history.
17 February 2015
Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?
11 August 2014
Our A-Z of Strauss series takes a closer look at the composer; from the debate over his Nazi sympathies, to his fondness for yodelling.
28 July 2014
The composer's Alpine home influenced the inclusion of yodelling in two of his works.