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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Opera Essentials: Don Carlo

2 May 2013

A guide to Verdi's operatic depiction of Renaissance Spain.

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.

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