Ewa Banasiak

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Maestro Verdi, your Art must not die

The most performed operatic composer around the world was born 200 years ago this year. He was universal, and yet he was one of the most Italian of artists; he was one of the most criticised of musicians, but also one of the most beloved.<p>If you are an opera lover, Verdi is probably one of your …

Verdi or Wagner?

As Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner both celebrate bicentenaries in 2013, Ivan Hewett asks opera experts from Philip Hensher to Mark Elder who the better composer is.<p>It’s apt that Wagner and Verdi were born in the same year. They are romantic <b>opera</b>’s two great antipodes, united in stature, but …

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Deutsche Grammophon

<b>At Sinfini it’s been our ongoing mission to “cut through classical” and help you discover the very best of classical music over the last three …

Contemporary opera is on the up. But where is the passion?

Do today's successful operatic compositions really explore human emotion?<p>Recently I went to the London-premiere of George Benjamin’s much-hyped …

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.<p>Two centuries after Wagner's …