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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

John Cranko unpacked: A career in clips

22 January 2015

Our quick guide to the South African choreographer, creator of Onegin.

Aakash Odedra: Our favourite clips

21 January 2015

The rising star in British dance has a strong YouTube presence – we pick out the best.

Orfeo Musical Highlight: 'Possente spirto'

9 January 2015

Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.

Opera Essentials: Orfeo

22 December 2014

Our quick guide to the first operatic masterpiece, a tale of love and loss.

Un ballo in maschera musical highlight: The Act II Grand Duet

18 December 2014

Verdi uses traditional Italian form to create a duet of drama and soaring romance that celebrates the power of the human voice.

Quoting Tristan: Echoes of Wagner over 150 years of music and film

3 December 2014

Richard Wagner's iconic masterpiece pervades Western culture.

When national dances meet tutus and pointe shoes

25 November 2014

Much more than just a bit of local colour, national dances were key to the development of ballet throughout the 19th century.

Dance Essentials: The Wind in the Willows

24 November 2014

Our quick guide to Will Tuckett's much-loved family dance theatre show, inspired by Kenneth Grahame's classic novel.

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

21 November 2014

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.

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.

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