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Articles tagged with "history"

Debate: Are intervals a frustrating distraction from the drama or a valuable break to gather thoughts?

24 February 2015

Which works do you think could do with an interval tweak?

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.

The Swan Lake mystery: An amalgam of different fairytales

19 February 2015

The exact authors of Swan Lake are unknown – but the ballet shows the influence of a variety of different fairytales.

The Shipping Cues: Why ships on stage make great drama

17 February 2015

Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.

Opera Essentials: Die Zauberflöte

12 February 2015

Our quick guide to Mozart’s glorious fantasy opera.

Who sat in K15?

26 January 2015

Over the course of a week, we spoke to a diverse range of people who enjoyed the view from seat K15 in the Orchestra Stalls.

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight – The Act III Trial Scene

19 January 2015

Giordano's music has a cinematic sweep in his depiction of the riotous trial where his hero is unjustly sentenced to death.

BBC launches Year of Song and Dance programming

15 January 2015

2015 will see a year-long celebration of the arts with new documentaries and live streamed performances.

Debate: What do you think of operatic edits?

14 January 2015

If the drama demands it, should passages of works be cut; or should we leave works as intended by the composer?

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight: The Improvviso

13 January 2015

Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.

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