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Articles tagged with "background"

George Enescu: Romania’s very own Mozart?

20 May 2016

A childhood prodigy who attended the Vienna Conservatory aged just seven, the composer and his impressive works are now sadly neglected.

Opera Essentials: Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore

18 May 2016

Our quick introduction to a thrilling masterpiece which features some of its composer's most powerful music.

Opera Essentials: Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis

17 May 2016

Our quick introduction to the first operatic adaptation of Sarah Kane’s astonishing final play.

Opera Essentials: George Enescu's Oedipe

26 April 2016

Our quick introduction to Enescu’s only opera and his masterpiece, inspired by the Greek tragedy of Oedipus.

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.

Watch Steven McRae in Nowness short film Portrait of a Dancer

20 January 2016

New web short is inspired by The Royal Ballet Principal's love of motorsport.

What is it about fairytales that continues to fascinate composers and audiences?

30 December 2015

The centuries-old form continues to inspire, even into the 21st century through works such as The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.

A happy marriage despite a fiery courtship: Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

2 December 2015

Fierce competition may have fuelled the composition of these two operas, but together they now make one of opera’s most popular couplings.

Opera Essentials: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

1 December 2015

Our quick introduction to this family opera inspired by Philip Pullman’s captivating fairytale.

Opera Essentials: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

20 November 2015

Our quick introduction to this classic pairing of two highly dramatic Italian operas.

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