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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

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.

Listen: Koen Kessels on the power of orchestras – ‘New music is one of the ways to bring about evolution in our society’

16 May 2016

The Music Director of The Royal Ballet shares his tips for young composers and speaks about the opportunities and challenges of commissioning new music for dance.

Opera Essentials: Mark Simpson’s Pleasure

6 May 2016

Our quick introduction to Mark Simpson’s thrilling debut opera.

Listen: Wagner’s Tannhäuser – ‘It’s an amazing discovery to feel that way about music’

29 April 2016

Emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Hartmut Haenchen speak about Wagner’s early masterpiece.

Listen: The Importance of Being Earnest – ‘I think it would make other types of music laugh’

31 March 2016

Four singers from The Royal Opera’s revival of Gerald Barry’s acclaimed operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play discuss food, convention and keeping a straight face.

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