It’s often said that a good film score is one you don’t directly notice, but in Raging Bull and The Godfather, the music is front and centre.
Do you know your mezzo-soprano from your countertenor? Discover the subtleties of opera's voice types
References to China, Chinese theatre and Eastern imagery run through Andrei Serban's production of Turandot.
This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.
From seductive to nostalgic – the fortunes of the quintessential Viennese dance have influenced how we view Der Rosenkavalier.
The great Russian composer was a genius in orchestration, but he outdid himself with The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.
Telling Tales: Why Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann is among the most edited operas in the repertory
The composer died before completing the opera, leading to a great amount of second-guessing as to Offenbach’s true final intentions.
Puccini's passionate aria rapturously describes love at first sight.
Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.
Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.
A stunning musical depiction of Heaven and Hell closes Act I of Puccini's iconic Roman opera.
Mascagni’s draws on church music in this masterful and intense evocation of a small community and one guilt-ridden woman’s position outside of it.
In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.
Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.
Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers
Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.
Giordano's music has a cinematic sweep in his depiction of the riotous trial where his hero is unjustly sentenced to death.
Ballet choreographers have long loved to craft swirling floral patterns for the corps de ballet, set to a waltz's gentle lilt.
Verdi’s music for the chorus ‘Ve’, se di notte’ shows how laughter can be used to heighten tragedy.
Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?
Søren Nils Eichberg’s opera Glare explores a recurrent issue in science fiction - what do you do if you can't tell who is real?