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Articles by Rachel Beaumont

Shostakovich’s The Nose musical highlight: the percussion interlude

19 October 2016

The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.

Theatre Essentials: Isango Ensemble’s A Man of Good Hope

5 October 2016

Our quick introduction to the South African theatre company’s story of an African migrant’s indomitable hope, told through music, theatre and dance.

Listen: ‘A deep insight into who we really are’ – The vital life lessons of Mozart's Così fan tutte

3 October 2016

Over the years, Mozart's opera has been derided as vulgar and clumsy, but for director Jan Philipp Gloger, it offers unrivalled psychological insights.

Così fan tutte musical highlight: ‘Come scoglio’

30 September 2016

Our one-stop guide to Mozart’s exquisitely written aria, both an insight into and a commentary on the character Fiordiligi.

Who was the Barber of Seville?

27 September 2016

Far from a random choice, why making Figaro a barber gives the hero of Mozart and Rossini's operas a controversial, revolutionary spin.

Norma musical highlight: ‘Casta diva’

16 September 2016

Our one-stop guide to Bellini’s beautiful prayer for his title character, one of the best loved arias in the bel canto repertory.

Remembering Johan Botha (1965–2016)

8 September 2016

The great South African tenor’s many appearances with The Royal Opera included Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

How the Royal Opera House became the world’s most elegant pop venue

20 July 2016

Move over, opera and ballet – pop is no stranger to the Covent Garden stage.

Listen: ‘The kind of music that arrives directly to your heart’ – Conductor Gianandrea Noseda on the power of Giuseppe Verdi

4 July 2016

The acclaimed Italian conductor explores what makes Verdi's music tick, and explains the challenges of performing it.

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.

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