Monteverdi's last work is set in a world of sensuality where passionate, forbidden love is victorious over goodness and virtue. This masterpiece of sexual and political intrigue closes with one of the most beautiful love duets ever written.
Tchaikovsky's operatic masterpiece is a tragic tale of impossible love which reveals the composer at his most romantic, lush, dramatic and poignant.
Britten and librettist Eric Crozier, poke fun at a very English hypocrisy, but the combination of wit, mockery and tenderness, make this one of the composer's most admired works.
Bizet's extraordinary, passionate score had, within three months of the composer's death, become recognised as one of the greatest operas of all time.
Hänsel und Gretel, described by Richard Strauss as ‘a masterpiece of the highest quality’ combines romanticism, lyricism and exuberant playfulness in a vibrantly rich orchestration.
This story of forbidden love set in the tropical and magical world of 18th century Colombia, adapted from the novella by Nobel-prizewinner, Gabriel García Márquez.
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