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How to Build an Opera Star: The rise and fall of the castrato

21 November 2014 at 11.32am

The barbaric practice of castrating boys yielded some of the greatest musical stars of the Baroque period, and had a huge influence on music of the time.

  1. Ballet and Dance

    A Spanish-flavoured spectacle featuring some of ballet's most astonishing virtuoso choreography.

    Don Quixote dance highlight: The Act I finale

    20 November 2014

    A Spanish-flavoured spectacle featuring some of ballet's most astonishing virtuoso choreography.

    How and where choreographers find stories has changed throughout the art form's history.

    Stories without words: Narrative ballets and their many inspirations

    20 November 2014

    How and where choreographers find stories has changed throughout the art form's history.

  2. Opera and Music

    Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?

    Tristan und Isolde Musical Highlight: The ‘Tristan Chord’

    20 November 2014

    Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?

    This month the focus falls on new recordings by Maria Callas, Antonio Pappano and Cecilia Bartoli.

    Recommended recordings: November 2014

    19 November 2014

    This month the focus falls on new recordings by Maria Callas, Antonio Pappano and Cecilia Bartoli.

  3. Learning

    Join us in the Clore Studio Upstairs for an exciting introduction to our Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions.

    New Season of pre-performance talks announced for 2014/15 Season

    17 November 2014

    Join us in the Clore Studio Upstairs for an exciting introduction to our Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions.

  4. Off stage

    The publishing and use of open data is an area of growth across all industries and we're about to start contributing.

    What open data would you like to see from the Royal Opera House?

    14 November 2014

    The publishing and use of open data is an area of growth across all industries and we're about to start contributing.