From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.
News and features regarding ‘Carmen by Francesca Zambello’
- 15 March 2017
- 30 January 2017
From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?
- 19 December 2016
Carmen isn’t the only sensual starring mezzo role – we round up some of our favourites, from Donizetti to Birtwistle.
- 13 June 2016
With distinctive warm tones and a wide vocal range, Verdi realized the mezzo's potential - with exciting consequences.
- 19 November 2015
Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.
- 11 November 2015
Italian tenor to replace Jonas Kaufmann due to illness.
- 2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
- 29 October 2015
Death finds an entirely new expression in Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera Morgen und Abend.
- 20 October 2015
What did you think of Francesca Zambello's production of Bizet's classic opera?
- 19 October 2015
The Royal Opera’s young singing group will perform alongside singers including Bryan Hymel, Jonas Kaufmann and Sonya Yoncheva.
- 30 September 2015
Don José’s only aria is a brilliant portrayal of masochistic devotion.
- 9 September 2015
Ahead of the tenor's performance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms, we pick some of our favourite YouTube clips.