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Articles tagged with "history"

Ballet's secret role: What is a ballet notator and why are they vital?

22 May 2015

Dancers and choreographers may be household names, but without notators, your favourite classic ballet would no longer exist.

A Meditation on Love: The troubled creation of Jerome Robbins’s In the Night

18 May 2015

Though a mature masterpiece, Robbins’s ballet had one of the most fraught geneses of any in work the repertory, pushing its choreographer to near-breaking point.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Donald Southern’s starry photographs of La bohème

15 May 2015

Over 41 years, all the greats – including Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa and Luciano Pavarotti – have performed in John Copley’s classic production.

The Real King Roger: The real-life ruler that inspired Szymanowski’s Król Roger

7 May 2015

One of the outstanding rulers of pre-modern Europe, King Roger II of Sicily united different cultures in one kingdom.

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.

A Fusion of Styles: Sicily, Szymanowski and Król Roger

28 April 2015

Sicily's eclectic history inspired the Polish composer to fuse a variety of different styles in his masterful opera.

Creator and Destroyer: Chaos vs control in Szymanowski’s Król Roger

24 April 2015

The composer was fascinated by Nietzsche’s theories of mankind’s opposing desires for control and for chaos – theories that drive the dilemma of King Roger.

Watch: Christopher Carr on working with Frederick Ashton – 'You could always feel this energy around him'

23 April 2015

The Guest Principal Ballet Master discusses the creative process behind some of The Royal Ballet’s most celebrated productions.

A Hundred Wayward Daughters: The enduring popularity of La Fille mal gardée

21 April 2015

Ashton’s 1960 production is now the most well known, but there have been hundreds of versions of the ballet since its premiere in 1789.

Unmistakably English: Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée

20 April 2015

The choreographer’s glorious romantic comedy evokes his beloved Suffolk and is one of his finest and most characteristic works.

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