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BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016
BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

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.

Women who win the day: Opera’s triumphant heroines


2 September 2015
Women who win the day: Opera’s triumphant heroines


Opera is (perhaps justly) infamous for killing off its heroines – we look at some of the women who buck the trend.