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5 things you need to know about The Wind in the Willows

24 November 2014

Our quick guide to Will Tuckett's much-loved family dance theatre show, inspired by Kenneth Grahame's classic novel.

L'elisir d'amore musical highlight: ‘Udite, udite, o rustici!’

14 November 2014

Donizetti's loveable rogue Dulcamara is a cad and a swindler, but armed with a host of great tunes and the gift of the gab, he's irresistible.

From punk rock to opera: Søren Nils Eichberg is one of Europe's most exciting composers

11 November 2014

The Danish composer's music to date has drawn on diverse influences to create energetic, thoughtful works that engage newcomers and thrill aficionados in equal measure.

How to Stage an Opera: Characterization in Idomeneo

10 November 2014

By turning the screws on his unfortunate characters, director Martin Kušej offers a unique insight into their motivations and crises.

Idomeneo Musical Highlight: 'Andrò, ramingo e solo'

23 October 2014

Mozart movingly depicts four people driven to the limit in this exquisite Act III quartet – which the composer himself could never hear without weeping.

Your reaction: Ashton Mixed Programme 2014

22 October 2014

Audience comments from the first night of works by Frederick Ashton, including Scènes de ballet and Symphonic Variations.

'Away from all the slander of the world': a letter from Frederick Ashton in the ROH Collections

21 October 2014

In this 1948 letter to dancer Richard Beard, Ashton discusses the creative process behind Scènes de ballet.

Context is king: Verdi's self-criticism of I due Foscari overlooks extraordinary emotional insight

12 October 2014

The composer thought his early tragedy too bleak – but look closer and Verdi the dramatist begins to emerge from the shadows in this crucial work.

I due Foscari Musical highlight: The Act I finale

7 October 2014

Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.

5 things you need to know about The Royal Ballet's Ashton mixed programme

6 October 2014

Our quick guide to Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country.

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