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
As the world's largest and oldest classical music festival, the BBC Proms has a lot to offer those who visit. The 2013 Proms are no different.
Some of the highlights include a special Doctor Who Prom to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the t.v show a
Young opera stars are too ready to pull out of productions because of "weakness" of body or temperament, according to Antonio Pappano, the internationally renowned conductor and music director of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.