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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

5 things you need to know about Cassandra  

23 October 2014

Our quick guide to Ludovic Ondiviela's first full-length work for The Royal Ballet. 

'Away from all the slander of the world': a letter from Frederick Ashton in the ROH Collections

21 October 2014

In this 1948 letter to dancer Richard Beard, Ashton discusses the creative process behind Scènes de ballet.

Finding the right sound: an interview with Marc Minkowski

20 October 2014

We spoke to the conductor ahead of his Royal Opera debut conducting Mozart's early masterpiece, Idomeneo.

The beauty of simple movements: Who was Isadora Duncan?

15 October 2014

This pioneer of modern dance courted controversy in her lifetime, but her memory has continued to influence the way we think about dance today.

Venice has provided setting and inspiration for countless operas


3 October 2014

The city has an important association with the art form that reaches from I due Foscari to Death in Venice.

How to Stage an Opera: Escape from Il barbiere di Siviglia

2 October 2014

The enclosed set of The Royal Opera's production of Rossini's masterpiece heightens the comedy and the pathos.

5 things you need to know about Philip Glass's opera The Trial

30 September 2014

Our quick guide to this world premiere, based on Franz Kafka's novel.

Il barbiere di Siviglia Musical highlight: The Act I finale

18 September 2014

Rossini scales new comic heights in this brilliant finale, a tangled web of farce that shows off his skill in writing for ensembles.

Anna Nicole Musical Highlight: The PARTAY! Scene

11 September 2014

With its lavish hedonism, Anna Nicole makes the soirées in La traviata and La bohème look like a teddy bears' picnic.

How to Stage an Opera – the 2013/14 Season

31 July 2014

Our new series on the practicalities of staging an opera has looked at traditional favourites and controversial new productions.

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