The brilliant mezzo soprano Ezgi Kutlu talked us through the basics (and the not-so basics)
Gioachino Rossini Guides
Some drink may have been taken, we think.
Let us show you where to start with opera - what to listen out for, which composers to seek out and whether to bring your opera glasses…
How do you tell a Classical era piece from a Romantic or Baroque piece? What is the Classical sound? Find out with our handy guide
Thieving Magpies, bows and arrows and mad barbers - just what is it about Rossini's overtures that we love so much?
Dig up the life of much loved Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, and find out which piece had women literally dying over.