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  • La bohème: explore with Alexandra

    Opera specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to director Floris Visser who tells us how he drew inspiration from photography, cinema and mythology for his new production of Puccini's La bohème.

  • La Voix humaine: explore with Alexandra

    Opera Specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to Director Laurent Pelly and mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac who plays Elle to explore Poulenc's La Voix humaine.

  • Les Mamelles de Tirésias: explore with Alexandra

    Opera Specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to chorus director Aidan Oliver and set designer Caroline Ginet to explore Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

  • Alcina: explore with Alexandra

    Opera specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to Director Francesco Micheli, Costume Designer Alessio Rosati and Costume Supervisor Diane Williams to explore our production of Handel's Alcina.

  • The Wreckers: explore with Alexandra

    Directed by Melly Still, this new production is the first major, professional staging of our lifetime, and the first opportunity to hear the opera as Smyth intended, with its original French libretto.

    Opera specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to director Melly Still and mezzo-soprano Karis Tucker...

  • Béatrice et Bénédict: explore with Alexandra

    Love conquers all in Berlioz’s sparkling take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

    Opera Specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to Berlioz scholar Hugh MacDonald and actress Katherine Parkinson to explore the opera.

  • L'elisir d'amore: explore with Alexandra

    Donizetti's blissful big-hearted L'elisir d'amore throws an operatic spanner in the works, proving that comedy can be romantic too with a capital 'R' as well as a small one.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to musicologist Dr Flora Willson and novelist Amanda Craig to explore the opera.

  • 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...