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From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

15 March 2017
From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.

Girls being boys being girls: a short history of opera’s trouser roles

11 January 2017
Girls being boys being girls: a short history of opera’s trouser roles

Lovesick teens, feisty young heroes, or supernatural beings – there's an important place for women playing men (then dressing up as women again?) in opera.

Some things are better left unsung: Why composers use speech in opera

2 November 2015
Some things are better left unsung: Why composers use speech in opera

Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.