Stephen Johnson discusses why Beethoven composed four overtures for Fidelio.
Conductor Simone Young joins Frances to explore the score of Richard Strauss's comic opera
Sir Antonio Pappano prepares for the Royal Opera's new production of Puccini's La Bohème.
Frances Fyfield's series of forensic musical discovery returns with Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Charles Hazlewood discusses various fairy tales set to music.
Looking at Kodaly's suite Hary Janos and profiling the cimbalom, which features in it.
Opera director John Copley CBE reflects on his lifelong relationship with La Boheme.
Frances Fyfield music series returns with a look at the manuscript of Verdi's La Traviata.
Charles Hazlewood explores Mozart's The Magic Flute through the principal characters.
The tenor, baritone & conductor Plácido Domingo on his return to the Royal Opera House
The racial politics of George Gershwin's 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.
Frances Fyfield and friends explore the score of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.
Catherine Bott explores Puccini's La Boheme.
Frances Fyfield's latest series of musical explorations concludes with Puccini's La Boheme
A celebration of the autographed manuscript of Puccini's masterpiece, Madame Butterfly.
Frances Fyfield is in Milan to explore the manuscript of Puccini's last opera Turandot.
The series celebrating music manuscripts returns with Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Amanda Roocroft explores the impact of Madame Butterfly in performance and popular culture
Howard Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Addio del passato from Verdi's La Traviata.
Stephen Johnson and the BBC SO consider Verdi's opera Otello.
Stephen Johnson explores the ideas and music behind Verdi's Rigoletto.