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Articles tagged with "grand opera"

How Rossini blended French and Italian opera traditions in Guillaume Tell

25 June 2015

The composer managed to remain very much himself while adapting to French tastes.

The role of ballet in grand opera

22 June 2015

Why it would be a mistake to cut the ballet sequences of Guillaume Tell.

Putting the chorus centre stage in Guillaume Tell

19 June 2015

How Rossini’s foregrounding of the people radically changed the balance of drama in the opera.

How can an opera director present the melodrama of grand opera to a modern audience?

17 June 2015

With Guillaume Tell in rehearsal, we look at the challenge of making the heightened emotions involved convincing.

Inside rehearsals for Guillaume Tell: How an opera director develops character

8 June 2015

The Royal Opera’s Writer in Residence joins Damiano Michieletto as he works with singers on giving dramatic depth to their roles.

How Rossini’s Guillaume Tell bore witness to revolution in France, Italy and beyond

28 May 2015

Operas and plays of the early 1800s allowed the people of Europe to reflect on turbulent recent history.

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.

Exploding apples and slow motion arrows: how to stage moments of high drama in grand opera

19 March 2015

Have we gone beyond Wagnerian snobbery about the genre’s reliance on special effects?

Exploding palaces and masses of high Cs – the rise, fall and rise again of grand opera

20 February 2015

In her first post, our Writer in Residence explores the fortunes of a spectacular art form.

How to Stage an Opera: Faust and the 19th Century

22 April 2014

How the vernacular of Gounod’s era makes the work anything but trivial.

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