2 November 2016
This gorgeous duet may be recycled from an earlier work, but if anything that only shows what great taste its composer had.
19 October 2016
The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.
30 September 2016
Our one-stop guide to Mozart’s exquisitely written aria, both an insight into and a commentary on the character Fiordiligi.
16 September 2016
Our one-stop guide to Bellini’s beautiful prayer for his title character, one of the best loved arias in the bel canto repertory.
20 June 2016
Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.
17 June 2016
In one of the opera's most heart-wrenching moments, Massenet gives us a crucial insight into his heroine’s tortured soul, as she reflects on a love that can never be.
6 June 2016
Verdi shines the spotlight on the opera’s bad guys in this thrilling, ferocious duet.
23 May 2016
Enescu writes spine-chilling music for Oedipus’ climactic meeting with the monstrous Sphinx.
11 April 2016
One of all opera's most dramatic scenes, this beautiful and complex ensemble is perhaps Donizetti's finest moment.
21 March 2016
Gerald Barry warps Oscar Wilde’s celebrated absurdist comedy into something even stranger in his brilliant operatic adaptation.