18 April 2018
Antonio Pappano uncovers the controversial history and brooding music of Shostakovich's great masterpiece.
13 April 2018
Audience responses and press reviews of The Royal Opera's production of Shostakovich's 20th century masterpiece.
28 April 2017
From dastardly demons to boozy brothel owners – we give the low-down on opera’s best bass roles.
5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder are just the tip of the iceberg.
8 June 2014
Political and moral agendas have seen some of history’s greatest composers put under pressure to change their work.