Setting the scene

Produced as part of Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

On now until Sunday, 25 February 2018

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Antonio Pappano, music director, and Robert Carson, opera director, take you through the main characters, storylines and music of seven great operas. Discover more about the composers and the social climate in which they created these musical works of art, while listening to key moments played on the piano.

Setting the Scene: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Setting the Scene: Rinaldo

Setting the Scene: Le Nozze di Figaro

Setting the Scene: Nabucco

Setting the Scene: Tannhauser

Setting the Scene: Salome

Setting the Scene: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

Explore opera in more depth, watch recordings of live performances and find out about the composers in the Royal Opera House's online resource Discover Opera.