1 January 2017
From seductive to nostalgic – the fortunes of the quintessential Viennese dance have influenced how we view Der Rosenkavalier.
14 July 2014
The composer shared Johann Strauss II's fondness for triple time.
22 April 2014
How the vernacular of Gounod’s era makes the work anything but trivial.
17 April 2014
We look at the moving final duet between Verdi's heroine Violetta and her love Alfredo.
10 April 2014
Gounod’s use of waltz songs creates a sense of the joy of life.
5 July 2013
As La rondine opens, we look at the origins and appeal of the waltz and its cultural significance.
3 July 2013
A guide to Puccini's tender opera.