31 July 2014 at 3.00pm | Comment on this article
In its first Season, our new 'How to Stage an Opera' series has offered different perspectives on the choices facing a director and the different stages in the process, from the initial research through to the final performance.
In 'Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten' we look at how the theories of Freud and their influence on Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal guided director Claus Guth and designer Christian Schmidt in their new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten.
In 'Tradition and transformation in La traviata' we look at how director Richard Eyre in his classic production of La traviata uses a deceptively traditional approach to intensify the drama, in a direct reflection of Verdi's score.
In 'Tosca and one day in Rome' we see how director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown made use of Puccini's very specific setting in Tosca to introduce an extraordinary level of period detail to great theatrical effect.
In 'Community in Dialogues des Carmélites' we look at how director Robert Carsen has placed people and community at the heart of his production of Poulenc's compassionate score, inspired by real events.
And finally, in 'Exploring the complex naturalism of La bohème' we see how John Copley's revered production of La bohème, with immersive designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, creates a captivating onstage world.