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Ballet Essentials: Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia

21 October 2016

Our quick introduction to this tale of memory, identity and loss in the Russian Revolution, from the master of dramatic ballet.

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.

Theatre Essentials: Isango Ensemble’s A Man of Good Hope

5 October 2016

Our quick introduction to the South African theatre company’s story of an African migrant’s indomitable hope, told through music, theatre and dance.

Listen: ‘A deep insight into who we really are’ – The vital life lessons of Mozart's Così fan tutte

3 October 2016

Over the years, Mozart's opera has been derided as vulgar and clumsy, but for director Jan Philipp Gloger, it offers unrivalled psychological insights.

Opera Essentials: Shostakovich’s The Nose

27 September 2016

Our quick guide to Shostakovich’s surreal and brilliant first opera, in a new production by acclaimed Australian director Barrie Kosky.

Dance highlight: the Clog Dance from La Fille mal gardée

20 September 2016

Much more than a charming set-piece with some snazzy shoes, Ashton’s delightful Lancastrian clog dance draws on traditions that are both English and international.

Opera Essentials: Mozart's Così fan tutte

6 September 2016

Our quick introduction to Mozart and Da Ponte’s glorious opera on the nature of love.

Opera Essentials: Bellini’s Norma

5 September 2016

Our quick introduction to Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.

Opera Essentials: Massenet's Werther

7 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.

MacMillan's The Invitation: How dancers revive a challenging historic ballet

6 June 2016

For its first revival in decades, landmark dramatic ballet The Invitation is being performed in a very different cultural climate from its 1960 premiere.

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