An introduction to Donizetti’s operas

Gaetano Donizetti was one of the three leading Italian composers of the ‘bel canto’ style of opera in the early 19th century, alongside Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. Despite not being as widely performed perhaps as Rossini, Donizetti is the most prolific of these composers having written an incredible 70 operas during his lifetime, spanning […]

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The Real Bohemians

Since its 1896 premiere, Bohème audiences have spent countless hours laughing, cheering and crying with its beloved characters. And yet what makes the phenomenon of the opera’s enduring popularity so interesting is the fact that we care so much about characters we know so little about. In Bohème’s libretto you will not find any long […]

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