When Paid Applauders Ruled the Paris Opera House
Professional applauders, collectively known as the “claque,” helped mold the tastes of an uncertain audience.
Marian Anderson Photo Archives
The African American opera singer made history with a stirring concert at the Lincoln Memorial. But there was much more to Marian Anderson.
Why Verdi Wrote an Opera about Sex Work
Giuseppi Verdi's 1853 opera La Traviata was a shocker when it was first performed. Nineteenth-century audiences didn't expect to watch a sex worker die of tuberculosis at the opera.
More Than an Aria Written Over Rice: Rediscovering a Lost Rossini Opera
Rossini's "lost opera," Aureliano in Palmira is making a comeback with a new production. The opera's history involves antiquity, archeology, and Bugs Bunny.
Florence Foster Jenkins, World’s Worst Opera Diva
Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary diva of awfulness, known as the world's worst opera singer.
“Carmen” Gets Detention for Smoking
The Western Australian Opera Company has postponed its planned 2015 production of Bizet's Opera Carmen over worry that it glamourizes smoking.