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Articles tagged with "introduction"

Falstaff musical highlight: ‘Sirena… quand’ero paggio del Duca di Norfolk’

29 June 2015

It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.

Opera Essentials: Falstaff

24 June 2015

Our quick guide to Verdi’s last opera, his comic masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare’s drunken knight.

Verdi unpacked: A guide to the master of Italian opera

21 May 2015

The composer of La traviata, Macbeth and Otello consolidated and innovated the opera of his time.

Król Roger Musical Highlight: Roxana’s Song

1 May 2015

The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.

Opera Essentials: The Virtues of Things

29 April 2015

Our quick guide to this world premiere from composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.

Ballet Essentials: Woolf Works

27 April 2015

Our quick guide to Wayne McGregor's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Unmistakably English: Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée

20 April 2015

The choreographer’s glorious romantic comedy evokes his beloved Suffolk and is one of his finest and most characteristic works.

Il turco in Italia Musical Highlight: ‘D’un bell’uso in Turchio’

10 April 2015

Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.

Opera Essentials: Swanhunter

1 April 2015

Our quick guide to Opera North and The Wrong Crowd’s new production of Jonathan Dove’s delightful folk-inspired opera, the perfect introduction for all ages.

Madama Butterfly Musical Highlight: The Humming Chorus

17 March 2015

Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.

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