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Djamileh – origins and synopsis

Djamileh, Bizet’s first mature opera, came right before Carmen. Its music is rich, sensual and beautifully orchestrated, totally worth the listening.

The art of training and developing the voice

The great dramatic tenor James McCray offers his thoughts on some misunderstandings in the modern way of training the voice.

Does size matter?

Who says opera should only be staged and performed by big opera houses?
Small opera companies have the capacity to refuel people’s attention on this art, breaking the rituals and engaging new and old audiences.

Diverging rails

A recent interview to Franz Welser-Möst got me thinking about Karl Böhm and how much a certain approach can affect the end result of a production.

Does size matter?

Does size matter?

Who says opera should only be staged and performed by big opera houses?
Small opera companies have the capacity to refuel people’s attention on this art, breaking the rituals and engaging new and old audiences.

Diverging rails

Diverging rails

A recent interview to Franz Welser-Möst got me thinking about Karl Böhm and how much a certain approach can affect the end result of a production.

The rape of Opera

The rape of Opera

The recent production of Guillame Tell at ROH marked a threshold: the literalisation of a woman’s rape on stage. We...

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On singers’ size

On singers’ size

Dear music critics of the London Times, I have read quite a few of your opera critiques: more often than not, they...

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Gumption ‘n Rose

Gumption ‘n Rose

Rose Beuret, long life companion of Rodin, was not initially part of the plan. After all the opera already had two...

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Conducting Pills

A FREE video series with an analysis of structure, phrasing, and, of course, conducting tips of repertoire works: from Mozart to Brahms, from Beethoven to Debussy. A new episode every week!

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