17 February 2015
Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.
12 February 2015
Our quick guide to Mozart’s glorious fantasy opera.
28 October 2014
The composer's letters to his father give a lively record of 18th-century life and his own energetic personality.
27 October 2014
The way stories of rulers are told – like that of the Greek king Idomeneus – has changed over the course of history, determined by how society views them.
24 October 2014
Our quick guide to Martin Kušej's new production of Mozart's early masterpiece for The Royal Opera.
23 October 2014
Mozart movingly depicts four people driven to the limit in this exquisite Act III quartet – which the composer himself could never hear without weeping.
21 August 2014
Anna Nicole is just the tip of an iceberg – operas have long come with a sharp edge.
7 July 2014
Composers have long been inspired by the work of playwrights.
28 April 2014
We take a closer look at the glittering Act III sextet from Mozart and Da Ponte's ebullient comedy.
24 April 2014
Operatic characters often look to the heavens, in thanks or in anguished supplication.