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Articles tagged with "history"

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.

I due Foscari Musical highlight: The Act I finale

7 October 2014

Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.

5 things you need to know about I due Foscari

6 October 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's early tragedy.

Getting Inside Manon's Head: Great dancers on one of ballet's most enigmatic roles

25 September 2014

Antoinette Sibley, Alessandra Ferri, Viviana Durante, Darcey Bussell and Melissa Hamilton speak to us in the ballet’s 40th anniversary year.

Making Manon: How MacMillan fused two ballerinas' styles in one role

16 September 2014

One of ballet's most iconic roles contains elements of both Antoinette Sibley and Jennifer Penney.

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