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Articles tagged with "grand opera"

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.

Your reaction: Faust

5 April 2014

What did you think of David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s grand opera?

Manon and the seductive allure of courtesans and pleasure

17 December 2013

A look at the 19th-century fascination with the fallen woman.

Opera Essentials: Les Vêpres siciliennes

18 October 2013

A quick guide to Verdi's first grand opera.

Les Vêpres siciliennes: Verdi's first grand opera

15 October 2013

A look at the opera as part of a distinguished operatic tradition.

Robert le diable released on DVD

24 June 2013

Laurent Pelly's production stars Olivier Award winner Bryan Hymel.

Simon Schama on Meyerbeer: "Bigger, louder, more everything"

6 December 2012

As Robert le diable opens, the historian and broadcaster takes a look at the composer, his music and Jewish identity.

Opera Essentials: Robert le diable

28 November 2012

A guide to Meyerbeer’s classic grand opera, as the curtain goes up on Laurent Pelly’s striking new production.

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