6 December 2016
After erratic progress, Puccini’s third opera led the way for the subsequent triumphs of La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.
14 November 2016
Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.
2 November 2016
Russia’s second city has inspired numerous great ballets, operas, plays and works of literature.
27 October 2016
Our quick introduction to Tales of Hoffmann, the wonderful final work from a master of French music theatre.
22 October 2016
A quick guide to Puccini's first triumph.
27 September 2016
Our quick guide to Shostakovich’s surreal and brilliant first opera, in a new production by acclaimed Australian director Barrie Kosky.
15 September 2016
From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.
6 September 2016
Our quick introduction to Mozart and Da Ponte’s glorious opera on the nature of love.
5 September 2016
Our quick introduction to Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.
17 June 2016
In one of the opera's most heart-wrenching moments, Massenet gives us a crucial insight into his heroine’s tortured soul, as she reflects on a love that can never be.