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Articles tagged with "history"

5 things you need to know about Un ballo in maschera

15 December 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's thrilling tragedy of love, politics and betrayal.

Externalizing the internal: How Wagner depicts the inner world of Tristan und Isolde

28 November 2014

Wagner explores the clash between his heroine's interior world and the harsh outer world in this operatic masterpiece.

When national dances meet tutus and pointe shoes

25 November 2014

Much more than just a bit of local colour, national dances were key to the development of ballet throughout the 19th century.

How to Build an Opera Star: The rise and fall of the castrato

21 November 2014

The barbaric practice of castrating boys yielded some of the greatest musical stars of the Baroque period, and had a huge influence on music of the time.

What Don Quixote's tall tales can tell us about our own fantasies

12 November 2014

Cervantes's mad knight may be an extreme example, but we all invent fictions to make sense of our lives.

Auden, Bernstein and Scarlett's Age of Anxiety: Representing a war-torn world in dance

3 November 2014

The poem and symphony that inspired Liam Scarlett's new ballet depict the behaviours of four lonely people in a society teetering on the brink.

Gods in opera: From the all-powerful to imagined excuses for human (in)actions

29 October 2014

The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.

'My pen is rude, and I am not refined': Mozart's letters

28 October 2014

The composer's letters to his father give a lively record of 18th-century life and his own energetic personality.

Idomeneo: Brave war hero or brutal tyrant?

27 October 2014

The way stories of rulers are told – like that of the Greek king Idomeneus – has changed over the course of history, determined by how society views them.

5 things you need to know about Idomeneo

24 October 2014

Our quick guide to Martin Kušej's new production of Mozart's early masterpiece for The Royal Opera.

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