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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Norma musical highlight: ‘Casta diva’

16 September 2016

Our one-stop guide to Bellini’s beautiful prayer for his title character, one of the best loved arias in the bel canto repertory.

Remembering Johan Botha (1965–2016)

8 September 2016

The great South African tenor’s many appearances with The Royal Opera included Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

How the Royal Opera House became the world’s most elegant pop venue

20 July 2016

Move over, opera and ballet – pop is no stranger to the Covent Garden stage.

Listen: ‘The kind of music that arrives directly to your heart’ – Conductor Gianandrea Noseda on the power of Giuseppe Verdi

4 July 2016

The acclaimed Italian conductor explores what makes Verdi's music tick, and explains the challenges of performing it.

Opera Essentials: Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis

22 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Iain Bell’s opera inspired by David Jones’s epic poem about the horrors of World War I.

Listen: ‘Ballet is a form which is always looking for new adventures’ – Wayne McGregor on working with The Royal Ballet

10 June 2016

The Company’s Resident Choreographer talks about the modern dancer and confounding expectations.

Verdi's Nabucco musical highlight: ‘Donna, chi sei?’

6 June 2016

Verdi shines the spotlight on the opera’s bad guys in this thrilling, ferocious duet.

Your Reaction: Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis

25 May 2016

What did you think of the opera inspired by Sarah Kane's iconic final play, staged at the Lyric Hammersmith?

Oedipe musical highlight: The Sphinx

23 May 2016

Enescu writes spine-chilling music for Oedipus’ climactic meeting with the monstrous Sphinx.

Opera Essentials: Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis

17 May 2016

Our quick introduction to the first operatic adaptation of Sarah Kane’s astonishing final play.

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