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Articles tagged with "background"

Ballet Essentials: Woolf Works

12 November 2016

Our quick guide to Wayne McGregor's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Opera Essentials: Handel’s Oreste

1 November 2016

Our quick introduction to Gerard Jones’s blood-spattered production of Handel’s Baroque opera.

Opera Essentials: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

22 October 2016

A quick guide to Puccini's first triumph.

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.

Ballet Essentials: The Sleeping Beauty

19 October 2016

A guide to The Royal Ballet's quintessential fairytale 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.

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