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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Composer’s Cut #1: Giuseppe Verdi the notorious reviser

12 April 2013

In the first of a series of articles on how composers rework operas, we explore changes to Don Carlo and Simon Boccanegra.

Opera Essentials: Written on Skin

8 March 2013

A tale of love, art and death from George Benjamin and Martin Crimp.

Opera Essentials: La bohème

18 February 2013

Love and death in bohemian Paris – a guide to Puccini's poignant opera, as the curtain goes up on John Copley's classic production.

Opera Essentials: Eugene Onegin

4 February 2013

A guide to Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera.

Opera Essentials: The Minotaur

11 January 2013

As the mythical Minotaur returns to the main stage, an introduction to Harrison Birtwistle's acclaimed opera.

Opera Essentials: Robert le diable

28 November 2012

A guide to Meyerbeer’s classic grand opera, as the curtain goes up on Laurent Pelly’s striking new production.

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27 November 2012

A look at the plot device of letters in opera.

A tailor-made trio of operas

21 November 2012

From The Minotaur to Anna Nicole: some recent role creations in Royal Opera commissions.

Opera Essentials: L’elisir d’amore

7 November 2012

Our quick guide to Donizetti's sparkling comedy.

Hans Werner Henze dies aged 86

29 October 2012

The German composer's work with the ROH included the ballet Ondine and opera Boulevard Solitude.

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