Debate: Are intervals a frustrating distraction from the drama or a valuable break to gather thoughts?
24 February 2015
Which works do you think could do with an interval tweak?
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.
21 July 2014
Strauss is often the favourite composer of percussionists, offering plenty of things to hit, chime and ring.
27 June 2014
Composers from Purcell to Turnage bring the audience onstage by writing them into the music.
26 June 2014
Without the Austrian director, we wouldn't have the vision-led operas we love to debate today.
2 June 2014
With an ever-watching eye on his bank account, Strauss created and released a series of orchestral highlights ('Querschnitt' in German) from his operas.
20 April 2014
Kaiser Wilhelm II nearly banned Strauss's opera Salome, so shocking was its content.
6 March 2014
Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.
4 March 2014
The bombing of his favourite city in World War II left Strauss distraught and inspired one of his greatest final works.