Bitter rivals: Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) (left), and Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

The man who made Wagner mad

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Donose and Diegel in Bieito’s Carmen

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield

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Tony Hall

With Tony Hall appointed Director-General of the BBC, who will the ROH replace him with?

The Royal Opera House has lost a respected leader

Lord Hall, who is expected to take a salary of £450,000 per year:

BBC confirms Tony Hall to be appointed new Director General

The BBC has appointed Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - as the new Director General of the corporation. 

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When to cancel on the Met

There are some things in life for which you just can't plan. The all-male operatic-pop vocal group Il Divo was manufactured by Simon Cowell in 2004.

L’elisir d’amore, Royal Opera House, London

Roberto Alagna has sung the role of the lovesick Nemorino before, but this was his Covent Garden debut in the role. And in a pre-performance interview he described his challenge: he would have to ‘fight with the ghost of his past’ – ie compete with his own best moments.

Celebrating with a knees-up in 'A Village Romeo and Juliet'

Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford Opera House, Co Wexford, Republic of Ireland

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In space, no can hear you lip-synch

Would Yoda and Spock really have wanted voyagers dancing to Madonna?

Postcard from... Milan

It's been a long wait. Ever since he stormed out of La Scala in a huff 26 years ago, the great opera house and its devotees have been expecting or hoping for the return of Claudio Abbado to conduct the philharmonic orchestra.

Wikipedia-inspired opera containing graphic sexual description to make London debut

Hear an extract of 'Light from Life' below

Opera cancelled after baritone Robert Poulton killed in car crash

Robert Poulton, a baritone with Glyndebourne opera, was tragically killed in a car accident in Sussex late last night.

Belisario, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mark Elder, Barbican

The performance-history of Donizetti’s tragedia lirica ‘Belisario’ speaks volumes about changing tastes.

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