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Articles tagged with "background"

Un ballo in maschera musical highlight: The Act II Grand Duet

18 December 2014

Verdi uses traditional Italian form to create a duet of drama and soaring romance that celebrates the power of the human voice.

5 things you need to know about Un ballo in maschera

15 December 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's thrilling tragedy of love, politics and betrayal.

Un ballo in maschera musical highlight: The Laughing Chorus in Act II

9 December 2014

Verdi’s music for the chorus ‘Ve’, se di notte’ shows how laughter can be used to heighten tragedy.

Externalizing the internal: How Wagner depicts the inner world of Tristan und Isolde

28 November 2014

Wagner explores the clash between his heroine's interior world and the harsh outer world in this operatic masterpiece.

5 things you need to know about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

27 November 2014

Our quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's glorious family ballet, based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

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.

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