24 November 2014
19th-century opera is renowned for its depiction of intense love affairs.
1 September 2014
From cheerful go-getting lumberjacks to a city of hedonism in the desert, lyric theatre has long confronted the ideals of the USA.
12 July 2014
Henry Murger's tales are a far cry from the soaring romanticism of Puccini's opera.
1 July 2014
Why Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown’s production focuses on the ugly side of Puccini’s opera.
16 June 2014
The man who created Manon Lescaut was, like his heroine, full of contradictions.
5 June 2014
What the climax of Puccini's opera tells us about historical European attitudes to America.
Manon Lescaut: A ‘Frankenstein's monster’ of an opera that proved to be Puccini's first major success
28 May 2014
The composer's third opera met with acclaim, despite a turbulent genesis.
21 May 2014
From Nagasaki harbour to the wide-open plains of Louisiana, Puccini was a master of evoking a sense of place.
24 April 2014
Operatic characters often look to the heavens, in thanks or in anguished supplication.
23 April 2014
Literature has long provided composers with inspiration.