29 June 2015
It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.
25 June 2015
The composer managed to remain very much himself while adapting to French tastes.
24 June 2015
Our quick guide to Verdi’s last opera, his comic masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare’s drunken knight.
22 June 2015
Why it would be a mistake to cut the ballet sequences of Guillaume Tell.
18 June 2015
Rossini made historic developments in his final opera, which precursed the tropes of modern film directors and ushered in a whole new genre.
16 June 2015
Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.
5 June 2015
The great seducer's tongue-twisting Act I aria reveals his irrepressible energy and love of life.
1 June 2015
Controversial at its premiere, this dreamlike story of unfulfilled desire has seduced several great artists over the past century.
29 May 2015
In a striking departure from ballet tradition, choreographer Jerome Robbins depicts a couple in the midst of a blazing row.
21 May 2015
The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.