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Articles by Elizabeth Davis

Listen: Can the arts help people better understand mental illness?

9 October 2014

We speak to one of the creators of new ballet Cassandra, and to a consultant psychiatrist, about understanding and representing psychosis on stage.

Introducing Philip Glass: A divisive but hugely influential figure in contemporary music

29 September 2014

Glass’s music – love it or hate it – has had a profound effect on wider pop culture.

5 things you need to know about Il barbiere di Siviglia

5 September 2014

Our quick guide to Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.

Ballet and myth: A fascination that goes back centuries

1 September 2014

How ancient mythological stories continue to inspire choreographers and dancers.

Listen: Why does Anna Nicole Smith's life and death still fascinate?

28 August 2014

Former editor of Heat magazine Julian Linley on the media's reaction to Anna Nicole Smith and how social media has turned the cameras on us all.

Laughing in the face of tragedy: Black comedy in opera

21 August 2014

Anna Nicole is just the tip of an iceberg – operas have long come with a sharp edge.

Listen: Purity of style and Swan Lake with a happy ending, what makes the Mariinsky Ballet unique?

30 July 2014

Sarah Crompton talks about the company’s distinctive style and the dancers she’s looking forward to watching in summer 2014.

Moses in popular culture

25 July 2014

Schoenberg's Moses und Aron is just the tip of the iceberg, with the prophet referenced in pop songs, epic films and... Superman!?

Listen: Christopher Wheeldon on his inspired creative partnership with Wendy Whelan

23 July 2014

The Royal Ballet Artistic Associate has made more ballets on the American dancer than on any other ballerina.

Move over, Wolf Hall: How Tudor history was embraced by Italian opera

18 July 2014

This tumultuous period of British history inspired a host of 19th-century operas.

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