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Articles tagged with "books"

How do you begin to make sense of The Nose?

1 November 2016

Audiences and academics have long tried to understand the Gogol tale that inspired Shostakovich's opera – is it satire taken to extremes, or is it something else entirely?

An undying musical influence: Goethe, the individual and a message of hope

28 June 2016

Why have Goethe's works influenced composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Massenet?

‘There is a place for magic in the world’: Philip Pullman and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

8 December 2015

The award-winning author talks about his Eastern-inspired fairytale and the importance of introducing the arts to children.

Stories without words: Narrative ballets and their many inspirations

20 November 2014

How and where choreographers find stories has changed throughout the art form's history.

Kafka's daily grind: The Trial and the dehumanizing boredom of office life

9 October 2014

In his most famous stories this iconic author explored the relentless tedium of working life.

10 operas adapted from books: From page to stage


23 April 2014

Literature has long provided composers with inspiration.

Which books would you love to turn into an opera or ballet?

6 March 2014

From Animal Farm and Naked Lunch to Winnie the Pooh and Charlotte's Web, a few of your suggestions.

Ted Hughes: Adaptations for the stage and screen

6 November 2013

A look at the writer's legacy across opera and beyond.

Audrey Niffenegger on Raven Girl and swapping the page for the stage

11 May 2013

Bestselling author talks about her experiences of dance and the inspiration behind her latest work.

Kafka Fragments: 'The perfect marriage of text and music'

26 March 2013

Director Netia Jones and soprano Claire Booth on Kurtág’s song-cycle.

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