16 May 2017
This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.
15 May 2017
Audience and press reviews of The Royal Opera's staging of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain.
3 May 2017
High dramatic tension, low historical accuracy: Verdi’s magnificent opera tells a story too good not to set to music.
28 April 2017
From dastardly demons to boozy brothel owners – we give the low-down on opera’s best bass roles.
19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
24 April 2016
As the London Marathon takes place, take a look at the longest works in the operatic repertory.
14 December 2015
Opera is one of many art forms that loves to dwell on what might have been.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
21 May 2015
The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.