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Articles tagged with "history"

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Queue Tickets

17 July 2015

A new donation to our Collections reveals a historic passion for that most archetypally British of things - queuing.

First Night Revisited: The Royal Ballet's Two Pigeons on 14 February 1961

14 July 2015

A look back at the premiere of Ashton's charming ballet which starred Lynn Seymour, Christopher Gable and two live pigeons with 'excellent manners'.

Saving the best until last: Our favourite operatic swansongs


10 July 2015

Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.

How Verdi proved experience can trump youth with Otello and Falstaff

6 July 2015

Verdi may have been well into his seventies by the time he wrote his two final operas, but he saved possibly his finest works until last.

Watch: Home video of The Royal Ballet’s 1955 tour to the USA and Canada

26 June 2015

Footage of the Company filming The Sleeping Beauty for TV and seeing the sights of New York has been donated to the ROH Collections.

How Rossini blended French and Italian opera traditions in Guillaume Tell

25 June 2015

The composer managed to remain very much himself while adapting to French tastes.

The role of ballet in grand opera

22 June 2015

Why it would be a mistake to cut the ballet sequences of Guillaume Tell.

Putting the chorus centre stage in Guillaume Tell

19 June 2015

How Rossini’s foregrounding of the people radically changed the balance of drama in the opera.

A turning point in opera: Rossini and Guillaume Tell

18 June 2015

Rossini made historic developments in his final opera, which precursed the tropes of modern film directors and ushered in a whole new genre.

Opera Essentials: Guillaume Tell

16 June 2015

Our quick introduction to Rossini’s final masterpiece, which contains some of the composer's most inspired music.

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