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Articles tagged with "baroque"

Handel’s Oreste musical highlight: ‘Ah mia cara’

2 November 2016

This gorgeous duet may be recycled from an earlier work, but if anything that only shows what great taste its composer had.

Opera Essentials: Handel’s Oreste

1 November 2016

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

Orpheus Musical Highlight: ‘Mio ben teco’

16 October 2015

An effortless and moving statement of undying love, this aria from opera's earliest years by Luigi Rossi deserves to be far better known.

Listen: Juan Diego Flórez on Orphée et Eurydice: ‘You have to let go’

30 September 2015

The Peruvian tenor discusses the profound emotional power of Gluck’s opera and his past life as a pop star.

Watch: Highlights from Orphée et Eurydice

24 September 2015

A taster of John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter's acclaimed new production starring Juan Diego Flórez.

Orphée et Eurydice Musical Highlights: Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Dance of the Furies

4 September 2015

This stunning sequence of dances gives a vivid impression of Orpheus’s journey through the Underworld, and contains some of Gluck’s best loved music.

Listen: Monteverdi’s Orfeo on BBC iPlayer

3 March 2015

Another chance to hear The Royal Opera and Roundhouse’s acclaimed production of the first great opera.

Orfeo Musical Highlight: 'Possente spirto'

9 January 2015

Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.

Opera Essentials: Orfeo

22 December 2014

Our quick guide to the first operatic masterpiece, a tale of love and loss.

Gods in opera: From the all-powerful to imagined excuses for human (in)actions

29 October 2014

The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.

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