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What went on behind the scenes at the studio of the prolific and inventive Leonardo da Vinci? This new opera brings the artist's notebooks to life
Bryn Terfel makes a big-hearted role debut at Covent Garden in the comic opera by Donizetti in an otherwise disappointing production
The Italian director on discovering opera, slipping on banana skins and introducing children to the best
Traditional and innovative ballet alternates with Verdi, Beethoven and a new family opera
Jonas Kaufmann stars in Beethoven's heroic opera, in the year that marks 250 years since the composer's birth
Celebrating 25 years at Covent Garden, a classic production of Verdi's tragic opera returns
Welcome return of Verdi's tragedy based on Shakespeare, with Gregory Kunde in the title role and Ermonela Jaho as Desdemona
It's a helter-skelter ride in music for Lewis Carroll's Alice with Gerald Barry's breakneck opera based on adventures down the rabbit hole
Offenbach's cheerful operetta turns sour in a well-sung but skewed production, with Emma Rice making her debut as opera director
Choreographer Wayne McGregor directs the first of ENO's four operas on the Orpheus myth, spanning three centuries. Gluck's version stars Alice Coote, Sarah Tynan and Soraya Mafi
Women conductors make waves, the classics are refreshed by our leading orchestras, and opera goes from strength to strength
Composer Gerald Barry on discovering books and music, and two forthcoming Royal Opera House productions
The 10 best performances that herald Christmas with compelling story-telling, grand choruses and spectacular solos sung by the finest artists
Messiah makes an impact however it is sung. But what's so special about an oratorio written in a rush and using recycled material? Claudia Pritchard explains
When a poet loses inspiration, he falls for a princess who inhabits a dark world, in Philip Glass's chamber opera
A family favourite for more than 30 years, Jonathan Miller's fast, funny and satirical production of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta returns for an incredible 15th time...
Welcome new production of Harrison Birtwistle's instant classic, a complex retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice story
Mozart, Handel, Britten, Donizetti – and a new opera for all the family
Covent Garden's Christmas show is based on Shaun Tan's enchanting book about a boy who finds a curio on the beach
Classic production by David McVicar of Mozart's last opera returns to Covent Garden with a new cast
A mouth-watering selection of ballet and opera for autumn at the Royal Opera House
New production of Benjamin Britten's opera about the infatuation with a young boy of a dying man
Singer Ashley Riches on making music with old friends, working out and trying his hand at writing
The founder of Culture Whisper shares her strategy for the future of the company and invites readers to play their part
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on villains and buffoons, an impending marriage, and hanging up his Hans Sachs boots
World-class stars, the cream of British talent and new productions promise a spectacular season
The larger-than-life character of Luciano Pavarotti came to define and transcend his operatic world. Director Ron Howard is bringing his story to the screen
In a season of new productions and revivals, the ones to pick now feature top directors interpreting music from across the centuries. Booking opens 10AM, Wed 24 April
The baritone star of Billy Budd on the hazards of being on stage, other roles he aspires to – and growing up with zebras
The lustrous soprano Natalya Romaniw on playing 'I Spy' in Ukrainian, the great opera heroines, and corsets
Seven new productions, four based on the Orpheus myth, and revivals of Bizet, Puccini and G&S
The dazzling Firebird, resourceful Figaro and memories of Fonteyn head up two months of top performances. Booking opens 9AM, Wed 3 April