Alexandra Coghlan

The Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis) in song flight, Sussex, April 2012

Soaring and singing

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Whether it’s Coleridge’s nightingale or Petrarch’s, Ted Hughes’s wren or Shelley’s skylark, Helen Macdonald’s hawk or Max Porter’s crow, literature…

Bingeing on Bach

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Coined in 1944, ‘completism’ is a modern term for a modern-day obsession. What began as a phenomenon of possession —…

Passion indeed

22 April 2017 9:00 am

‘The dripping blood our only drink/ The bloody flesh our only food…/ Again, in spite of that, we call this…

The lost Stradivarius

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Min Kym is a violinist, but if you Google her name you won’t find sound-clips or concert reviews, touring schedules…

Death becomes her

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Opera is littered with the bodies of abandoned women. Step over Dido and Gilda, and you’ll still stumble into Donna…

Slyly surreal: Christopher Alden’s Partenope at ENO

Denial has rarely looked so good

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Ceci n’est pas une Partenope. Forget the warring classical kingdoms of Naples and Cumae: this is surrealist Paris in the…

‘Portrait of a Musician’, thought to be Claudio Monteverdi, c.1590, by a Cremonese artist

Thoroughly modern Monteverdi

18 February 2017 9:00 am

‘Eppur si muove’ — And yet it moves. Galileo’s defiant insistence that the Earth revolves round the Sun, his refusal…

‘Portrait of a Musician’, thought to be Claudio Monteverdi, c.1590, by a Cremonese artist

Thoroughly modern Monteverdi

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

‘Eppur si muove’ — And yet it moves. Galileo’s defiant insistence that the Earth revolves round the Sun, his refusal…

Notes on a scandal

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Notes on a scandal

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Notes on a scandal

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

All’s well that ends well

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

All at sea: Rachel Kelly as Donna Elvira and Henk Neven as Don Giovanni in Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

All’s well that ends well

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

All at sea: Rachel Kelly as Donna Elvira and Henk Neven as Don Giovanni in Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

All’s well that ends well

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

Buried treasure

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial…

Buried treasure

3 November 2016 3:00 pm

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial…

Buried treasure

3 November 2016 3:00 pm

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial…

High and low

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

‘Besides feeble writing, there is a mixture of tragic-comedy and buffoonery in it, which Apostolo Zeno and Metastasio had banished…

Carry on camping: English Touring Opera’s ‘La Calisto’

High and low

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

‘Besides feeble writing, there is a mixture of tragic-comedy and buffoonery in it, which Apostolo Zeno and Metastasio had banished…

Carry on camping: English Touring Opera’s ‘La Calisto’

High and low

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

‘Besides feeble writing, there is a mixture of tragic-comedy and buffoonery in it, which Apostolo Zeno and Metastasio had banished…

Losing heart

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The subtitle for Mozart’s Così fan tutte may be ‘The School For Lovers’, but it’s as a school for directors…

Ben Baur’s stylish designs for ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Royal Opera House

Losing heart

29 September 2016 1:00 pm

The subtitle for Mozart’s Così fan tutte may be ‘The School For Lovers’, but it’s as a school for directors…

Ben Baur’s stylish designs for ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Royal Opera House

Losing heart

29 September 2016 1:00 pm

The subtitle for Mozart’s Così fan tutte may be ‘The School For Lovers’, but it’s as a school for directors…

Saintly sins

10 September 2016 9:00 am

They say that the devil gets all the best tunes, and on the basis of this week’s opera-going it would…

Vocal authority: Mandla Mndebele as Mandela and Siphamandla Yakupa as Winnie in ‘Mandela Trilogy’

Saintly sins

8 September 2016 1:00 pm

They say that the devil gets all the best tunes, and on the basis of this week’s opera-going it would…