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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Verdi unpacked: A guide to the master of Italian opera

21 May 2015

The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.

How to Stage an Opera: Opening the inner world of Król Roger

11 May 2015

When the huge stage you're working on can accommodate 33 red London buses, how do directors illuminate the nuanced inner struggles of a character?

Król Roger Musical Highlight: Roxana’s Song

1 May 2015

The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.

Opera Essentials: The Virtues of Things

29 April 2015

Our quick guide to this world premiere from composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.

Listen: Georg Friedrich Haas on opera as collaboration

24 April 2015

The Austrian composer of ATTHIS and Morgen und Abend introduces his music.

A Hundred Wayward Daughters: The enduring popularity of La Fille mal gardée

21 April 2015

Ashton’s 1960 production is now the most well known, but there have been hundreds of versions of the ballet since its premiere in 1789.

Theatre Essentials: King Size

17 April 2015

Our quick guide to Christoph Marthaler's inspired reimagining of the Liederabend.

Music Essentials: ATTHIS

16 April 2015

Our quick guide to this mixed programme featuring a song cycle based on the poetry of Sappho, from major contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas.

The Beauty of Loneliness: How Christoph Marthaler is transforming the role of opera director

13 April 2015

The radical Swiss director is little known in the UK, but in mainland Europe he's recognized as one of the most distinctive and influential artists in his field.

Il turco in Italia Musical Highlight: ‘D’un bell’uso in Turchio’

10 April 2015

Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.

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