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  • Rusalka: explore with Alexandra

    Opera Specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to historian Marina Warner and cultural historian Gavin Plumley to dive into the musical waters of Dvořák's fairytale opera.

  • Hamlet: explore with Alexandra

    Since its 2017 premiere, Hamlet has been praised for its unerring virtuosity and mesmerising score, won a host of major awards and travelled to three continents.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to librettist Matthew Jocelyn, composer Brett Dean and Shakespeare scholar Sir Jonathan Bate to explore the o...

  • Billy Budd: explore with Alexandra

    Salvation and damnation, innocence and corruption, love, hatred and a beautiful boy all collide in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to naval historian Dr James Davey and musicologist Dr Imani Mosley to explore Britten’s evocative, ambiguous score.

  • Don Giovanni: explore with Alexandra

    Famously described by writer ETA Hoffmann as “the opera of all operas”, Don Giovanni is a work that dared to bring new darkness to a legend whose dangerous edges often came sheathed in comedy.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to author and critic Lucasta Miller and bass-baritone Gerald Finley to explore ...

  • Ravel Double Bill: explore with Alexandra

    Author Joanne Harris and music scholar Emily Kilpatrick join Alexandra Coghlan on a dive into Ravel's two sparkling miniatures: L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges. Immersing themselves in these two magical worlds, they uncover just some of the machinery the composer keeps hidden beh...

  • Saul: explore with Alexandra

    Combining the expressive arias of Handel’s operas – each a window into the human soul, or lack thereof – and the dynamic chorus writing of his church music, Saul is the original 18th-century blockbuster.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to Handel biographer Jonathan Keates and novelist Donna Leon to expl...