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Articles tagged with "history"

Explore the historic ROH Collections during #MuseumWeek

20 March 2015

We'll be giving unique glimpses into our collections along with thousands of other museums, theatres and galleries worldwide.

Exploding apples and slow motion arrows: how to stage moments of high drama in grand opera

19 March 2015

Have we gone beyond Wagnerian snobbery about the genre’s reliance on special effects?

A Dramatic Improvement: Puccini and the creation of Madama Butterfly

16 March 2015

With this tragedy, Puccini transcended the role of composer by incorporating touches that mark him as a dramatist of genius.

Mahagonny Musical Highlight: The Mandalay Song

10 March 2015

Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.

Opera Essentials: Madama Butterfly

9 March 2015

Our quick guide to Puccini's iconic and heartbreaking tragedy.

Experimentation, experimentation, experimentation: Über-radical opera in 1920s Germany

4 March 2015

The political situation in Germany's Weimar Republic contributed to perhaps the most wildly-creative decade in opera's 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.

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