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Articles tagged with "Richard Wagner"

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.

BBC Radio 3 announces Royal Opera broadcasts for summer 2016

27 April 2016

Upcoming broadcasts include Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Verdi’s I due Foscari.

10 transformative opera marathons

24 April 2016

As the London Marathon takes place, take a look at the longest works in the operatic repertory.

Tannhäuser Musical Highlight: ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’

18 April 2016

Wagner and Verdi were rivals in many ways, but the Italianate flourishes of Wolfram’s Hymn to the Evening Star reveals a begrudging mutual influence.

Opera Essentials: Tannhäuser

15 April 2016

5 things you need to know about Wagner’s potent early opera.

Saving the best until last: Our favourite operatic swansongs


10 July 2015

Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.

Recommended Recordings: June 2015

11 June 2015

This month features a magnificent recording of the Ring Cycle, an exceptional disc by Sonya Yoncheva and a new recording of Donizetti's rarely-performed Les Martyrs.

Baton bashing: When videogame music and classical music come together

30 April 2015

From Tetris and Mario Bros. to Call of Duty and Bioshock, videogames have long used classical music to soundtrack on-screen adventures.

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