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Articles tagged with "history"

George Enescu: Romania’s very own Mozart?

20 May 2016

A childhood prodigy who attended the Vienna Conservatory aged just seven, the composer and his impressive works are now sadly neglected.

Opera Essentials: Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore

18 May 2016

Our quick introduction to a thrilling masterpiece which features some of its composer's most powerful music.

Science experiments and personal tragedy: bringing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to life

26 April 2016

Investigating the true stories and scientific discoveries behind Mary Shelley’s literary masterpiece

A glimpse into the archives: The surprising history of Shakespeare at the Royal Opera House

22 April 2016

Many years before the RSC was established and Shakespeare's Globe was rebuilt, the Royal Opera House was an important hub for the Bard's work in London.

Opera Essentials: Tannhäuser

15 April 2016

5 things you need to know about Wagner’s potent early opera.

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.

From the archives: The 1856 Covent Garden Fire

4 March 2016

160 years ago this weekend, a fire destroyed the Royal Italian Opera and led to the building of the current Royal Opera House.

The real Boris Godunov: Guilty or not guilty?

3 March 2016

The unresolved controversy surrounding the Russian tsar and his ascent to power has inspired great works including Musorgsky’s epic opera.

Opera Essentials: Boris Godunov

25 February 2016

Our quick introduction to Musorgsky’s masterful epic opera on the perils of power.

Watch: How morning ballet class has changed over the last 200 years

17 February 2016

The all-important morning class has changed considerably over the centuries as the art form has evolved.

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