4 September 2015
This stunning sequence of dances gives a vivid impression of Orpheus’s journey through the Underworld, and contains some of Gluck’s best loved music.
29 June 2015
It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.
25 June 2015
Rossini gave his protagonist just one aria, but in it created a moment of startling intensity and beauty that lingers long in the memory and influenced Verdi and Wagner.
5 June 2015
The great seducer's tongue-twisting Act I aria reveals his irrepressible energy and love of life.
1 May 2015
The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.
10 April 2015
Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.
17 March 2015
Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.
10 March 2015
Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.
23 February 2015
We celebrate the wide variety of musical styles Mozart uses in this wonderful opera.
29 January 2015
Wagner’s first great monologue for bass-baritone is a powerful evocation of yearning and despair.