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Articles tagged with "history"

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.

'Away from all the slander of the world': a letter from Frederick Ashton in the ROH Collections

21 October 2014

In this 1948 letter to dancer Richard Beard, Ashton discusses the creative process behind Scènes de ballet.

Rediscovering lost operas: The fluctuating fortunes of your favourite works

17 October 2014

With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.

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