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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Remembering Lee Blakeley (1971–2017)

7 August 2017

The young British director, a regular revival director for The Royal Opera, has died suddenly.

Verdi and Boito: the fiery friendship that produced two great final operas

28 June 2017

After tempestuous beginnings, this partnership brought the master of Italian opera out of retirement to write the magnificent final works Otello and Falstaff.

Smells like teen spirit: The pieces that cemented Mozart’s reputation as a childhood prodigy

27 June 2017

At the age when most of us are studying at school, Mozart was travelling around Europe performing, teaching and composing operas.

Mozart’s Mitridate musical highlight: ‘Lungi da te’

20 June 2017

Mozart was 14 going-on 15 when he wrote this gorgeous, virtuoso aria which displays the beginnings of his mature musical and dramatic insight.

Pretty Yende’s opera journey: ‘Music is a gift to humanity’

9 June 2017

The award-winning South African soprano reflects on her musical journey, from church hymns with her grandmother to the world’s top opera houses.

Opera Essentials: Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya

8 May 2017

Our quick introduction to this world premiere from a music icon.

How Ravi Shankar's Sukanya came to life

4 May 2017

The iconic sitarist’s only opera was left unfinished upon his death, but it has now been completed and will soon be heard for the first time.

Remembering Endrik Wottrich (1964–2017)

27 April 2017

The German tenor, who sang in Fidelio, Der fliegende Holländer and Wozzeck for The Royal Opera, has died suddenly.

Listen: Crystal Pite on why dance is a universal language

27 April 2017

The award-winning choreographer talks about the influence of William Forsythe and the power of her art form.

The challenges of bringing The Exterminating Angel to the stage

26 April 2017

A flock of sheep, a bear, a disembodied hand, set in an inescapable single room: how do you stage Thomas Adès’s sensational new opera?

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