6 December 2016
After erratic progress, Puccini’s third opera led the way for the subsequent triumphs of La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.
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.
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.
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.
26 October 2016
Thousands wanted to believe that Anna Anderson was the miraculous survivor from the murdered Romanov family of Russia.
19 October 2016
A guide to The Royal Ballet's quintessential fairytale ballet.
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.
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.
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.