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Articles tagged with "analysis"

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut musical highlight: The intermezzo

17 November 2016

Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann musical highlight: The Doll Aria

14 November 2016

Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.

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.

Il trovatore musical highlight: ‘Tace la notte’

20 June 2016

Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.

Tannhäuser Musical Highlight: ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’

18 April 2016

Wagner and Verdi were rivals in many ways, but the Italianate flourishes of Wolfram’s Hymn to the Evening Star reveals a begrudging mutual influence.

Lucia di Lammermoor musical highlight: The Act II sextet and finale

11 April 2016

One of all opera's most dramatic scenes, this beautiful and complex ensemble is perhaps Donizetti's finest moment.

Boris Godunov musical highlight: The Coronation Scene

29 February 2016

Musorgsky's musical portrait of a fractured society and a fractured mind.

Lights! Coloratura! Action!: The giddy world of opera’s ‘action’ songs

3 February 2016

Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.

After the Rain Dance Highlight: The pas de deux

25 January 2016

The hypnotic second movement from Christopher Wheeldon’s masterful abstract ballet has a special power and resonance.

L’Étoile Musical Highlight: ‘Ô petite étoile’

22 January 2016

Chabrier’s wonderful song of youthful dreaming makes history's neglect of the composer all the more surprising.

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