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Articles by Kate Hopkins

Remembering Franco Zeffirelli (1923-2019)

15 June 2019

The Italian director’s Royal Opera productions included a much-loved Tosca

Remembering Heather Harper (1930–2019)

22 April 2019

The British soprano had particular associations with operas by Britten, Tippett and Strauss among others.

Janáček unpacked: A quick guide to his greatest music

14 March 2018

Full of energy, passion and tenderness, the music of Leoš Janáček is some of the most original in the 20th century.

Opera Essentials: Strauss's Salome

16 January 2018

A quick guide to Richard Strauss's taboo-breaking and deliciously decadent opera.

Opera Essentials: Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses

22 December 2017

A quick guide to Monteverdi’s action-packed opera, based on one of the oldest stories in the world.

Opera Essentials: Verdi's Rigoletto

15 December 2017

A quick guide to this cinematic opera, packed with memorable tunes and propelled by a thriller-like plot.

How the world of theatre influenced Katie Mitchell's Lucia di Lammermoor

24 November 2017

Known for her thought-provoking and highly individual theatre productions, how has director Katie Mitchell shaped The Royal Opera's production of Lucia?

Remembering Paul Brown (1960–2017)

14 November 2017

The Welsh designer, who worked regularly with both Graham Vick and Jonathan Kent at the Royal Opera House and elsewhere, has died suddenly.

5 great opera entrances

19 October 2017

How to really make an entrance, on cue, whether you're an emperor, a priestess or a salesman.

Opera Essentials: Everything you need to know about Puccini's La bohème

11 September 2017

Richard Jones' hotly-anticipated new production opens The Royal Opera's 2017/18 Season.

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