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 on the 150th anniversary of his birth; 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.
21 July 2014
Strauss is often the favourite composer of percussionists, offering plenty of things to hit, chime and ring.
14 July 2014
The composer shared Johann Strauss II's fondness for triple time.
7 July 2014
Wearied by war, the once glorious imperial hub became home to a broken society during Strauss’s time there.