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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

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.

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

30 January 2017

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.

How George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin creates music drama for the 21st century

24 January 2017

Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp make dramatic alchemy, as devices that distance the audience paradoxically build to potent music drama.

Dance-opera Essentials: Philip Glass and Javier De Frutos’s Les Enfants Terribles

17 January 2017

Our quick introduction to this remarkable multimedia work, inspired by Cocteau’s iconic novel.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party dance highlight: ‘Find your groove’

17 January 2017

Share the joy in ZooNation’s infectious, hip-hop celebration of embracing all the things that make us who we are.

Sugar and spice and all things nice: delving into The Nutcracker’s sweet history

23 December 2016

The Kingdom of Sweets is an integral part of this much-loved festive ballet, but it changes from Nutcracker to Nutcracker.

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