Posts from the ‘Resources’ category

Getting to know the music of The King and I

Shall we dance? On a bright cloud of music shall we fly?  The songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit musical The King and I were so delightful that…

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Cheat sheet: Don Pasquale

Everything you need to know about Donizetti’s sparkling comedy.

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A Father’s Day Playlist

Let’s be honest. Opera gives us more unfaithful and scheming parents than it does loving, caring, fathers-of-the-year. But in honour of fathers everywhere, who we hope…

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Cheat Sheet: The Elixir of Love

Everything you need to know about Donizetti’s sentimental comedy, The Elixir of Love.

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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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