A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?
The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance.
2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi. Warner Classics marks this with a new recording by one of our most respected conductors, Antonio Pappano, and his orchestra in Rome, the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
What is the personal price of political success? The question lies at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The opera is a sympathetic portrait of a man whose past catches up with him. While the 1857 premiere of Simon Boccanegra was not a succ
This release is one of three recordings issued in 2013 by EMI & Virgin Classics in honour of Britten's 100th Birthday. Ian Bostridge the internationally acclaimed tenor whose "attention to the text always matches Britten's own scrupulous word setting", ha
Politics and religion are dangerously entwined in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. Based on a 1787 play by Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlo was first performed at the Paris Opéra in 1867. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years.
The finest work of Rossini's late years, and indeed one of his greatest achievements, is the Petite Messe Solennelle. Described by the composer as 'the last of my peches de vieillesse' (sins of old age), it was originally written for 12 voices, two pianos