Posts from the ‘Resources’ category

Getting to know the music of Rigoletto

Setting the scene (The Orchestra) The prelude is everything that Rigoletto will be: dark, moody, tragic. A solo trumpet plays a repeated C and the brass…

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Cheat Sheet: Don Giovanni

Everything you need to know about the opera described as “the perfect opera”.

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Rigoletto: One of the great hunchbacks of history

For the great artists of the past few centuries, hunchbacks were a source of endless fascination. From Shakespeare to Hugo to Verdi to Disney, there are…

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Getting to know the music of Otello

A stormy night The opera opens with a raging thunderstorm, conveyed in a whirlwind of dissonance and dynamics from the orchestra. The organ holds a dissonant chord, the…

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Cheat Sheet: The King and I

The Rodgers & Hammerstein smash-hit musical has charmed audiences for generations. Want to find out why? Read on.

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Love in a bottle: love potions and literature

Ever wanted a magical fix for unrequited love? A cure-all remedy for rejection? Throughout history, the promise of love-in-a-bottle has worked its magic on generations

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Cheat Sheet: Otello

Shakespeare and Verdi meet in the middle of a masterpiece. Here’s everything you need to know. Who was the composer?  Giuseppe Verdi. You know you’re listening…

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Playlist: opera’s bad mothers

From murderous to mad, mums in opera get a pretty bad rap. Ahead of mother’s day, we thought we’d find the best of mums in opera…

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