Introduction: That’s amore by Mark Valencia

Puccini’s ‘enemy opera’ by George Hall

Highway to Hell by Robert Thicknesse

Janáček’s great measureless love by Anna Picard

Leoncavallo’s Singing Siren by Ditlev Rindom

Opera Holland Park Stands Together by Lucy Curtis


Peter Rice, Designer by Tom Hawkes

Mascagni’s Hybrid Flower by Ditlev Rindom

One from the heart by Robert Thicknesse

Die Fledermaus by Adrian Mourby

Victims of Fate by Robert Thicknesse

Alice relaxed by James Clutton


Strange Harmony of Contrasts by George Hall

Suor Angelica – Looking from within by Rosalind Plowright OBE

In Conversation with Jonathan Dove

Verdi’s Daughters by Adrian Mourby

Lakmé: Orientalism and the triumph of the coloratura by Antony Lias

Going out with a bang: L’amore dei tre Re and the end of Italian opera by Robert Thicknesse


Twenty-five up by Michael Volpe

Torture the women! by Robert Thicknesse

Puccini’s golden “Girl” by Rodney Milnes

From the Jaws of Disaster by Anthony Holden

How do you tell a musical ghost story? by Alexandra Coghlan

Felice Romani a man of words by Adrian Mourby

Diva with a capital D by Neil Fisher

Mining the verismo vein by George Hall


Prelude – Sun, sea and sex by Hannah Nepil

Back to the future by Robert Thicknesse

Opera born again by George Bernard Shaw

How to manufacture a masterpiece by Anna Picard

Some like it hot by Lucretia Stewart

Beyond Carmen by George Hall

Building an opera by Matthew Waldren

Romantic rivalries by Andrew Porter

Passion jewellery by Tim Ashley

Wonderland revisited by Adrian Mourby

Memories are made of this by Mark Valencia

Let’s makeover an opera by Leanora Volpe


Prelude by Hannah Betts

Opera’s alma mater by Robert Thicknesse

Raising ghosts by Alexandra Coghlan

Theory and practice of sex by Tim Ashley

Losing their religion by Hugo Shirley

The hare and the tortoise by Adrian Mourby

Close up with the composers by Elio Nissim

Destiny and disillusion by Gavin Plumley

The Last Laugh by Ashutosh Khandekar

Finale by Anna Picard


L’amico Fritz: the friendly face of verismo by Robert Thicknesse

La rondine by Adrian Mourby

Verdi’s Rigoletto by Clare Colvin

Catalani: A Forgotten Radical by Gavin Plumley


Struggles of Operatic Proportions: Dubussy’s Masterpiece and the operas that might have been by Katharine Camiller

Don Giovanni by Anthony Holden

Fidelio by Michael Tanner

Forza del destino: Playthings of the gods? by Robert Thicknesse

Zandonai in context: the last professional Italian opera composer by Julian Grant


Roberto Devereux by Warwick Thompson

Hänsel und Gretel by Peter Reed

A Bohemian State of Mind by Gavin Plumley

Offenbach, operetta and Orpheus by George Hall

‘Viva Verdi’: Sense and Censorship in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera by Katharine Camiller

Kát’a Kabanová by Robert Thicknesse


Trees, trios and the total triumph of Il trovatore by Dominic McHugh

La Fille du regiment: Donizetti’s salut à la France by Katherine Camiller 

The Magic Flute by Ashutosh Khandekar

Civilisation and Violence in Tosca’s Rome by Gavin Plumley

La Gioconda by Hugh Canning

‘The refined product of a great artist’ – Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta by Hugo Shirley

Working in harmony: Korn/Ferry and Opera Holland Park


Il barbiere di Siviglia by Stephen Jay-Taylor

Verdi, Nabucco and the People: A Chorus of Approval by Dominic McHugh

Janáček and the release of Jenůfa by Gavin Plumley

Lakmé by Robert Thicknesse

L’amore dei tre Re by Tim Ashley

A decade with Opera Holland Park by Tom Hawkes


Ten Years of Opera Holland Park by Ash Khandekar

Fedora by Robert Thicknesse

Manon Lescaut: an all-round success by Dominic McHugh

Così fan tutte by James Naughtie

The Merry Widow by Brian Sewell

Rigoletto: Verdi’s Shakespearean Tragedy by Katherine Camiller

The Queen of Spades by Rodney Milnes


Singing their hearts out by Tom Sutcliffe

Madama Butterfly by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Eugene Onegin: Fron Don Juan to Victim of Love by Robert Thicknesse

Andrea Chénier by James Naughtie

La sonnambula: sleepwalking to success by Katharine Camiller


Life as it is really lived – in opera by Tom Sutcliffe

Norma; never without tears by Tim Ashley

Fanciulla – The Golden Prize by Rodney Milnes

Fathers and daughters by Robert Thicknesse

The Grand Tour and Opera by Brian Sewell

Reality Check by Ash Khandekar


The Summer of Love (and murder, passion etc…) by Tom Sutcliffe

Lucia di Lammermoor by James Naughtie

Beethoven and Fidelio by Rodney Milnes

Patronage by Brian Sewell

Werther: a sentimental journey by Robert Thicknesse

And finally…. Donald Plange


Murder in Opera by James Naughtie

A Stage History by Tom Sutcliffe

Recording Opera by Paul Myers

Are you trying to tell me something? by Rodney Milnes

Popopera by Robin Stringer

Modern dress and other distractions by Brian Sewell

Who listens to Classic FM? by Natalie Wheen


I need a hero? by James Naughtie

Performing Icons by Tom Sutcliffe

Reel Power by Kim Newman

Rossini by David Shonfield

Wall to Wall Tosca by Brian Sewell

A Star is Born by Denis Coe

Take Opera…please! by Kevin Blake


Death and Life of a Butterfly by James Naughtie

Opera, politics and censorship by Tom Sutcliffe

L’amore Industrioso – the Mozart connection by David Chernaik

Never say never by Tom Kaufmann

A most limited Utopia by Brian Sewell

For God’s sake! Look at the music! by Helen Wallace


Dark by James Naughtie

Light by Natalie Wheen

Operetta by Tom Sutcliffe

Gian Carlo Menotti by Simon Callow

Real people, real lives? by Mosco Carner

The Royal Opera House – a lost opportunity? by Brian Sewell


Verismo by James Naughtie

Music and the Orient by Alexander Waugh

Operetta by Nigel Douglas

Dido and Aeneas by Humphrey Burton

Mad divas by Natalie Wheen

COMING SOON – Cilea – his life and work by Romolo Bruni

COMING SOON – Opera – a personal note by Brian Sewell

COMING SOON – Live Opera by Tom Sutcliffe

COMING SOON – Opera and the force of destiny by Jill Gregory


Don Pasquale by James Naughtie

Iris by James Naughtie

Gianni Schicchi and Il Tabarro by Robin Simon

Die Zauberflöte by James Naughtie

Brian Sewell on Puccini

Brian Sewell on Tchaikovsky

Gianni Schicchi and Il Tabarro by James Naughtie

Robin Simon on Mozart and The Magic Flute


Don Giovanni by James Naughtie

Mozart and Don Giovanni by Brian Sewell

Un Ballo in Maschera by James Naughtie

Il Barbiere di Siviglia by James Naughtie

Rossini and Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Brian Sewell

We’re constantly updating this page with new articles and content – check back for more!