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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Opera Essentials: Peter Pan

21 July 2015

Our quick introduction to Richard Ayres’s enchanting opera, inspired by J.M. Barrie’s classic characters.

Opera Essentials: Operalia at the Royal Opera House

17 July 2015

Our quick introduction to Plácido Domingo’s international opera competition which has launched the careers of artists including Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Erwin Schrott.

Opera Essentials: Cities of Salt

15 July 2015

Our quick introduction to this opera about the impact of our hunt for oil on one small community in the Arabian Gulf.

Saving the best until last: Our favourite operatic swansongs


10 July 2015

Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.

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.

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