18 September 2014
Rossini scales new comic heights in this brilliant finale, a tangled web of farce that shows off his skill in writing for ensembles.
10 September 2014
Straitjacketed by musical and theatrical convention, how did Rossini create one operatic masterpiece, let alone ten?
5 September 2014
Our quick guide to Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.
21 August 2014
From Così fan tutte to Anna Nicole – operas have long come with a sharp edge.
9 July 2014
Beauty, politics and violence in Donizetti’s historical opera.
21 May 2014
From Nagasaki harbour to the wide-open plains of Louisiana, Puccini was a master of evoking a sense of place.
6 March 2014
Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.
16 February 2014
Puccini's operas are some of the world's most loved. We look at what makes his music so appealing.