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Articles tagged with "Richard Wagner"

From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

15 March 2017

From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg musical highlight: ‘Selig, wie die Sonne’

14 March 2017

Richard Wagner’s magnificent quintet – arguably his greatest ensemble – radiantly celebrates love and art.

Opera Essentials: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

24 February 2017

Our quick introduction to Richard Wagner’s glorious, profound comedy The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, on the role of the artist.

10 of the greatest bass-baritone roles

30 January 2017

From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?

Girls being boys being girls: a short history of opera’s trouser roles

11 January 2017

Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.

Aiming high: 10 of the most challenging soprano roles

15 September 2016

From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Anvils as instruments? Why every orchestra could do with some heavy metal

22 June 2016

How an enormous block of steel became a big hit on the opera stage - and beyond.

Verdi and the rise of the mezzo-soprano

13 June 2016

With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.

Listen: Wagner’s Tannhäuser – ‘It’s an amazing discovery to feel that way about music’

29 April 2016

Emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Hartmut Haenchen speak about Wagner’s early masterpiece.

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