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Articles tagged with "Music"

Watch: Nicola Luisotti on Puccini – ‘You can learn more from one of Puccini’s scores than from books’

27 May 2015

The conductor discusses the composer’s deceptive genius, and how best to approach his operas.

Watch: Conductor Martin Yates – ‘I knew Don Quixote would be something exceptional’

23 March 2015

The conductor introduces Ludwig Minkus, ‘one of the founding fathers of Russian ballet music’, through the music of Don Quixote.

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.

Recommended Recordings: March 2015

12 March 2015

This month the focus falls on new recordings from Bryan Hymel, Piotr Beczała and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Mahagonny Musical Highlight: The Mandalay Song

10 March 2015

Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.

Winners of 2015 Fanfare Competition for young composers announced

4 March 2015

12 secondary school pupils will have their fanfares orchestrated and recorded by the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

Recommended Recordings: February 2015

30 January 2015

This month the focus falls on new recordings from Anna Netrebko, Andris Nelsons and Diana Damrau.

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight: The Improvviso

13 January 2015

Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.

Orfeo Musical Highlight: 'Possente spirto'

9 January 2015

Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.

Watch: John Fulljames on Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – 'It's our world reflected on the stage'

5 January 2015

The director on the power of Weill and Brecht's potent satire of consumerism, and its continued relevance in the 21st century.

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