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The beginner's guide to Wagner
Known for his revolutionary approach to music, Richard Wagner is one of the most famous German composers. With notable works including Tristan and Isolde, The Valkyrie, Tannhauser and Lohengrin, Wagner redefined the opera genre.
Find out more about the man behind some of the most popular opera music here…
Wagner's most famous music: where to start
Richard Wagner is one of the most well known and highly regarded German composers of all time. Known for his revolutionary compositions and Wagnerian leitmotif, he was responsible for some of the most recognisable opera music ever written.
Let’s take a deep dive into some of his most famous opera songs.
A Guide to the Slavic Folklore of Rusalka
Did you know that Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka is based on Slavic folklore? Not the titular entity, but several mythical beings that stalk the woods of legends turn up in our foray into Dvořák’s best-known opera.
Read on to find out more about the supernatural figures you may encounter in the world of Rusalka.
Opera inspired animations: Central St Martins and ENO
ENO has an ongoing collaboration with Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design (University of the Arts, London).
The Autumn Term module for 2nd year MA Character Animation students is inspired by the ENO season, with students creating short animation films in response to operas on our stage.
Following the breadcrumbs: An interview with Hansel and Gretel director Timothy Sheader
Artistic Director at the Open Air Theatre and director of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Timothy Sheader, caught up with Emma J. Leaver to find out why this particular opera and why it’s perfect for Regent’s Park.
Operas based in Paris
The image of Paris as the city of love is one we know well, especially thanks to the famous stories that have been inspired by the capital itself. It’s no surprise that a place, famed for its romance, elegance and drama has been the setting for some of the best-known operas in the repertoire. Have a read to see how (and why) Paris has inspired these famous operas.
Operas based on myths and legends
Thanks to opera’s origins in the preservation of Greek drama, it’s no surprise that one of operas founding fathers, Claudio Monteverdi, chose Greek tragedy as his first opera’s starting point. Take a look at some of these best known operas based on myths and legends.
Operas that shook society
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, operas could not be performed in front of audiences unless they had passed a process of censorship. Many operas we know and love today are different versions of the operas their composers had imagined thanks to the scrutiny of the sensitive censors of the age.
Although these four operas below managed to pass censorship (with significant changes, no doubt), they still managed to cause great controversy. Take a look at four major operas that shook society.
Opera productions that were radical takes on seminal works
ENO launches its 2018/19 Season with a new production of Salome, Richard Strauss’s one-act opera based on Oscar Wilde’s celebrated play. It is the first production in a season of nine operas at the London Coliseum in which we shall be exploring and examining some of the patriarchal structures, relationships, and roles of masculinity within our society.
Four things you didn’t know about Miller’s bohème
As part of our 2018/19 Autumn season, Jonathan Miller’s classic production of Puccini’s La bohème returns to the London Coliseum to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the director’s ENO debut. Here’s four things you might not have already known about the production…
Britten and W. H. Auden: from Paul Bunyan to Hymn to St Cecilia
Their working relationship, and friendship, may have only lasted 7 years, but Britten and W. H. Auden still managed to collaborate on a great number of projects.
From Paul Bunyan to Hymn to St Cecilia, get to know the works of Britten and Auden
From Peace of Britain to War Requiem: the music inspired by Britten’s pacifism
As a life-long pacifist, Benjamin Britten responded artistically to the horror of violence and the cause for peace on several occasions. His War Requiem was no exception. Find out more about the compositions that were inspired by Britten’s pacifist views.
La traviata in pop culture
What do Moulin Rouge, Pretty Woman, and Verdi’s La traviata have in common? If you love one, you will probably like them all! Few people know that both Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge use Verdi’s opera as inspiration. Take a look at the similarities between them all and see for yourself…
Night’s caressing grip: Benjamin Britten and his themes of dreams and sleep
The worlds of sleep, dreams and nightmares, the unconscious, were all of powerful significance to Britten’s artistic life and fed into much of his creative work. Find out more about Britten's obsession with 'night's caressing grip'.
To celebrate ENO's 50 year residency at the London Coliseum, we bring you our #50YearsofOpera video project, for which we are asking familiar faces from ENO’s past and present to share their favourite memories of the London Coliseum. For every week in 2018 you will have the chance to learn a little more about this wonderful building from those who have performed, worked, and attended countless performances here.