22 May 2017
The opera repertory is littered with controversial, posthumously completed works.
Telling Tales: Why Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann is among the most edited operas in the repertory
7 November 2016
The composer died before completing the opera, leading to a great amount of second-guessing as to Offenbach’s true final intentions.
27 October 2016
Our quick introduction to Tales of Hoffmann, the wonderful final work from a master of French music theatre.
15 September 2016
From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.
3 February 2016
Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.
13 May 2015
Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.
22 April 2015
Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.
17 February 2015
Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.
3 October 2014
The city has an important association with the art form that reaches from I due Foscari to Death in Venice.