Wednesday, 30th November 2022

Do we still need opera?

Operas tell stories in a special yet not always accessible way. They also often come off as elitist. Has opera had its day? An exhibition looks into the art form's constant reinvention.


27 Apr 2016
Richard Monday, at the Mobile West Africa 2016, talks to Guardian TV on the Opera Mini's new features, and the mobile browser's massive growth.
12 May 2017
One of the world's leading mobile web browsers, Opera Software, is set to invest $100m in Africa's growing digital space. Top executives of the tech company were in Lagos recently to unveil its plans for the African market.
17 May 2019
The cheering crowd in southwestern Nigeria is thousands strong but when the performer on stage in a yellow catsuit and glittering cape beats out eerie rhythms on a steel drum, they hush. The musical genre may be unusual in this part of the world but people understand it -- Epega is singing what she and organisers of the festival in which she is participating say is the world's first opera in Pidgin.
3 Jun 2019
Celebrating 350 years of Paris's iconic Opera.
1 Dec 2019
About 30 migrants will step onto the stage of the Rome Opera as extras in Mozart's opera "Idomeneo, King of Crete". Arriving in boats from Libya or through the Catholic community of Sant'Egidio, these refugees play themselves or the role of soldiers in this production, which hopes to raise awareness about war and migration.
19 Dec 2019
The first woman to compose for the Vienna Opera, Austrian Olga Neuwirth says she hopes to challenge traditional norms with a work that aims to "shake up the institution" by celebrating the fluidity of genres and musical identities.
25 Dec 2019
On the steps of the Opéra Garnier Opéra Garnier in Paris, dancers perform a piece from Swan Lake to protest against the French government's pension reform. The dancers refuse to see their special pension scheme, which allows them to retire at the age of 42, disappear.
27 Dec 2019
Veteran German tenor turned conductor Peter Schreier has died aged 84 in Dresden. Trained in former East Germany, he performed in more than 60 operatic roles — from New York to Milan to Salzburg — until retirement.
8 Feb 2020
British pianist and composer George Benjamin, who has often been described as a 20th-century Mozart, is in Paris this month to take part in Radio France's 30th edition of the Présences Festival. Among all the concerts on offer, two of his operas, "Written on Skin" and "Lessons in Love and Violence", are the highlight. He spoke to FRANCE 24 about his long-standing relationship with France, plus his fears and expectations in relation to how Brexit will affect the music industry.
23 Apr 2020
We look at how the press is covering Earth Day's 50th anniversary. Also, Britain will begin its first human vaccine trials tomorrow and Australian soap opera "Neighbours" is the first show to resume filming, albeit with strict social distancing measures!
23 Jun 2020
After a three-month long closure, the opera house in Barcelona, El Liceu, reopens with its first concert... for 2,292 plants. The initiative, an idea of Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, looks to examine our relationship with nature and the impact the lockdown has had on public spaces.
14 Jul 2020
In the early to mid-2000s, as UK Garage* began to morph into different genres like Dubstep and UK Funky, Birmingham native Mike Skinner established The Streets in the British charts thanks to his savvy production and astute depictions of the lives of young Brits. "Let's Push Things Forward" or "Fit But You Know It" became mini-anthems in themselves while other tracks like "Dry Your Eyes" pulled on many a heart string.