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Articles tagged with "Gaetano Donizetti"

The glass harmonica: the world's most dangerous instrument?

25 April 2016

Credited with unexplained deaths and mental breakdowns, how can 37 glass bowls cause so much chaos?

Lucia di Lammermoor musical highlight: The Act II sextet and finale

11 April 2016

One of all opera's most dramatic scenes, this beautiful and complex ensemble is perhaps Donizetti's finest moment.

The rise and fall of opera's prima donnas

5 April 2016

Lucia di Lammermoor rests on the talents of prima donnas but it also marked the beginning of the end of their dominance of the stage.

Watch: Katie Mitchell on Lucia di Lammermoor 'My focus is 100% on the female characters'

11 March 2016

The director on her feminist take on Donizetti, and an innovative split-stage design.

Watch: Lucia di Lammermoor live-streamed Insight event

10 March 2016

Join Director Katie Mitchell and other members of the cast and creative team for a glimpse of the new production before opening night.

Opera Essentials: Lucia di Lammermoor

9 March 2016

Our quick introduction to Katie Mitchell’s new production of Donizetti’s violent tragedy.

When behind the scenes becomes centre stage in opera and ballet

6 May 2015

Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!

Grand opera: A challenge for tenors and an opportunity for the chorus

30 April 2015

How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.

Opera in the Real World Part 2: The historical figures behind some of opera's greatest characters

22 April 2015

Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.

Recommended recordings: April 2015

17 April 2015

This month the focus falls on a new album from Diana Damrau, a reissue from Leonard Bernstein and a must-hear, Orpheus-inspired Baroque compilation.

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