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Articles tagged with "introduction"

Opera Essentials: Shostakovich’s The Nose

27 September 2016

Our quick guide to Shostakovich’s surreal and brilliant first opera, in a new production by acclaimed Australian director Barrie Kosky.

Dance highlight: the Clog Dance from La Fille mal gardée

20 September 2016

Much more than a charming set-piece with some snazzy shoes, Ashton’s delightful Lancastrian clog dance draws on traditions that are both English and international.

Norma musical highlight: ‘Casta diva’

16 September 2016

Our one-stop guide to Bellini’s beautiful prayer for his title character, one of the best loved arias in the bel canto repertory.

A Norma trapped by society’s norms: the challenges of directing Bellini’s masterpiece in the 21st century

16 September 2016

Director Àlex Ollé on why Norma is no stock character but a very human figure, whose doubts and problems have an entirely contemporary resonance.

Opera Essentials: Mozart's Così fan tutte

6 September 2016

Our quick introduction to Mozart and Da Ponte’s glorious opera on the nature of love.

Opera Essentials: Bellini’s Norma

5 September 2016

Our quick introduction to Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.

Opera Essentials: Massenet's Werther

7 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.

MacMillan's The Invitation: How dancers revive a challenging historic ballet

6 June 2016

For its first revival in decades, landmark dramatic ballet The Invitation is being performed in a very different cultural climate from its 1960 premiere.

Opera Essentials: Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore

18 May 2016

Our quick introduction to a thrilling masterpiece which features some of its composer's most powerful music.

Opera Essentials: Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis

17 May 2016

Our quick introduction to the first operatic adaptation of Sarah Kane’s astonishing final play.

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