19 February 2016
Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.
10 December 2015
With so many DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's operas on offer, how do you choose between them?
2 December 2015
Fierce competition may have fuelled the composition of these two operas, but together they now make one of opera’s most popular couplings.
27 November 2015
In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.
20 November 2015
Our quick introduction to this classic pairing of two highly dramatic Italian operas.
19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
6 May 2015
Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!
15 January 2015
Operas about ‘real people’ and verismo operas are not always the same thing.