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Articles tagged with "history"

Why Manon Lescaut launched Puccini into operatic stardom

6 December 2016

After erratic progress, Puccini’s third opera led the way for the subsequent triumphs of La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

Why did Schlesinger’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann hog the headlines?

28 November 2016

Sex scenes, scandal and sensational headlines: the ROH Collections team delve into the archives to uncover the buzz around this iconic production, 36 years on from its premiere.

A trip around Handel’s London

18 November 2016

Handel made his mark, and then some – and nearly 300 years later we can still revisit some of his favourite haunts.

Telling Tales: Why Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann is among the most edited operas in the repertory

7 November 2016

The composer died before completing the opera, leading to a great amount of second-guessing as to Offenbach’s true final intentions.

60 years of being royal: How The Royal Ballet got its charter

31 October 2016

October 2016 marks 60 years since Sadler’s Wells Ballet became The Royal Ballet – a change which was hotly debated in the press at the time.

The true story behind the ballet: The tale of the false Princess Anastasia

26 October 2016

Thousands wanted to believe that Anna Anderson was the miraculous survivor from the murdered Romanov family of Russia.

Ballet Essentials: The Sleeping Beauty

19 October 2016

A guide to The Royal Ballet's quintessential fairytale ballet.

Knocked Back in the USSR: How Shostakovich fell foul of the Soviet musical establishment

11 October 2016

Shostakovich was the golden boy of Soviet art in the 1920s, but by The Nose's stage premiere in 1930, the tide was beginning to turn.

How La Fille mal gardée creates pastoral magic through 'Marmite' cartoons

7 October 2016

Cartoonist Osbert Lancaster's designs for Frederick Ashton’s bucolic masterpiece have drawn criticism over the years – but they play an important part in the ballet’s larger-than-life charm.

Who was the Barber of Seville?

27 September 2016

Far from a random choice, why making Figaro a barber gives the hero of Mozart and Rossini's operas a controversial, revolutionary spin.

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