17 June 2015
With Guillaume Tell in rehearsal, we look at the challenge of making the heightened emotions involved convincing.
16 June 2015
Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.
8 June 2015
The Royal Opera’s Writer in Residence joins Damiano Michieletto as he works with singers on giving dramatic depth to their roles.
28 May 2015
Operas and plays of the early 1800s allowed the people of Europe to reflect on turbulent recent history.
14 May 2015
High up in the theatre roof, a team of professionals maintain the ROH's store of firearms, swords and chain-mail.
30 April 2015
How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.
19 March 2015
Have we gone beyond Wagnerian snobbery about the genre’s reliance on special effects?
20 February 2015
In her first post, our Writer in Residence explores the fortunes of a spectacular art form.
Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers
23 January 2015
Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.