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Articles tagged with "introduction"

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.

Opera Essentials: George Enescu's Oedipe

26 April 2016

Our quick introduction to Enescu’s only opera and his masterpiece, inspired by the Greek tragedy of Oedipus.

Lights! Coloratura! Action!: The giddy world of opera’s ‘action’ songs

3 February 2016

Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.

Emmanuel Chabrier: An unsung hero of 19th-century French music

25 January 2016

The composer of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Manet.

What is it about fairytales that continues to fascinate composers and audiences?

30 December 2015

The centuries-old form continues to inspire, even into the 21st century through works such as The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.

Opera Essentials: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

1 December 2015

Our quick introduction to this family opera inspired by Philip Pullman’s captivating fairytale.

A Much-Loved Classic: Why Ashton’s The Two Pigeons is making a long-awaited return to the stage

16 November 2015

Our audiences have pushed for a revival of this two-act work more than any other Ashton ballet, but what makes it so loved?

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