Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers
23 January 2015
Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.
5 January 2015
Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?
3 December 2014
Richard Wagner's iconic masterpiece pervades Western culture.
24 November 2014
19th-century opera is renowned for its depiction of intense love affairs.
20 November 2014
Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?
19 November 2014
Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.
29 October 2014
The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.
3 October 2014
The city has an important association with the art form that reaches from I due Foscari to Death in Venice.
22 July 2014
Schonberg's Moses und Aron may seem daunting, but dip a toe in the water and you might be pleasantly surprised.