The secrets of the Stradivari and Guarneri sound
Scientists have identified the chemical treatments that gave stringed instruments by masters such as Stradivari and Guarneri their characteristic rich tone.
Cecilia Bartoli's Farinelli tribute in her father's hometown
Cecilia Bartoli's tribute to the castrati singers – Farinelli e il suo tempo – was a magical moment of music-making with the Les Musiciens du…
[Interview] Baritone Sebastian Catana: never scream or shout
Baritone Sebastian Catana talks about his summer at Verona's Arena, his debut in Pagliacci, singing in Genoa's opera house, and on never screaming.
Riccardo Muti interview: life, death, and the lack of seriousness
Riccardo Muti interview: on his 80th birthday the conductor opening up: “I'm tired of life, because this is a world that I no longer know.”
Jonas Kaufmann on his Verona debut, new album, and love of Italy
Jonas Kaufmann talks about making his debut in Verona's Arena at the age of 51, his new album Freudvoll und leidvoll, and his love of…
Opera at La Scala cancelled for Covid-19
La Scala has been forced to cancel tomorrow's performance of L'italiana in Algeri after a company member tested positive for Covid-19.
Jonas Kaufmann: A Picture Journey – a glorious new book celebrates the tenor's 50th birthday in photos
Werther ONP 2010 Decca © Christine Cerletti Jonas Kaufmann was 50 on 10 July this year. To celebrate, the esteemed Vienna-based…
Interview with Anna Netrebko on Tosca at La Scala: kissing, killing, and Kabaivanska
Anna Netrebko, photo by Ruven Afanador Anna Netrebko opens the new season at La Scala – as each year, on 7…
Aged 97, Franco Zeffirelli will stage a new production of Rigoletto
At 95, Franco Zeffirelli is returning to the opera house to direct a new production of Rigoletto. The opera will open in September 2020 at…
In conversation with Jakub Józef Orliński
Jakub Józef Orliński is the new countertenor name to add to an ever-growing roster of artists who are selling discs and selling out concert halls…