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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Dance Essentials: Whelan/Watson: Other Stories

7 July 2015

Our quick introduction to a new mixed programme of modern dance starring world-class dancers Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson.

Guillaume Tell musical highlight: ‘Sois immobile’

25 June 2015

Rossini gave his protagonist just one aria, but in it created a moment of startling intensity and beauty that lingers long in the memory and influenced Verdi and Wagner.

Get them while they’re young: Opera for toddlers

12 June 2015

Dot, Squiggle and Rest is the latest in a growing trend of musical productions designed specifically to appeal to the very young.

The finale mystery: Ending Don Giovanni

11 June 2015

Mozart’s masterpiece has more than its fair share of alternative endings.

Opera Essentials: The Corridor/The Cure

9 June 2015

Our quick introduction to this double programme of chamber operas by Harrison Birtwistle.

One masterpiece after another: The quiet revolutionism of Afternoon of a Faun

1 June 2015

Controversial at its premiere, this dreamlike story of unfulfilled desire has seduced several great artists over the past century.

Verdi unpacked: A guide to the master of Italian opera

21 May 2015

The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.

How to Stage an Opera: Opening the inner world of Król Roger

11 May 2015

When the huge stage you're working on can accommodate 33 red London buses, how do directors illuminate the nuanced inner struggles of a character?

Król Roger Musical Highlight: Roxana’s Song

1 May 2015

The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.

Opera Essentials: The Virtues of Things

29 April 2015

Our quick guide to this world premiere from composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.

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