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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Opera Essentials: Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya

8 May 2017

Our quick introduction to this world premiere from a music icon.

How Ravi Shankar's Sukanya came to life

4 May 2017

The iconic sitarist’s only opera was left unfinished upon his death, but it has now been completed and will soon be heard for the first time.

Remembering Endrik Wottrich (1964–2017)

27 April 2017

The German tenor, who sang in Fidelio, Der fliegende Holländer and Wozzeck for The Royal Opera, has died suddenly.

Listen: Crystal Pite on why dance is a universal language

27 April 2017

The award-winning choreographer talks about the influence of William Forsythe and the power of her art form.

The challenges of bringing The Exterminating Angel to the stage

26 April 2017

A flock of sheep, a bear, a disembodied hand, set in an inescapable single room: how do you stage Thomas Adès’s sensational new opera?

The ondes martenot: The eeriest instrument ever invented?

21 April 2017

The otherworldly instrument that paved the way for the synthesizer explosion has seduced everyone from Messiaen to Radiohead.

Puccini's Madama Butterfly musical highlight: ‘Un bel dì vedremo’

28 March 2017

Cio-Cio-San’s much-loved aria is a perfect and painful encapsulation of the tragedy at the opera’s heart.

Watch: Discovering choreographer David Dawson’s ballets

7 March 2017

Videos from international dance companies give an insight into what makes this pioneering British choreographer so exciting.

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

24 February 2017

Several world-class choreographers began their training with The Royal Ballet School – how do they grow the dance-makers of the future?

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur

1 February 2017

Covent Garden’s production of Cilea’s best-known work features a spectacular working model in homage to a golden age of theatre.

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