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Articles tagged with "myth"

The Swan Lake mystery: An amalgam of different fairytales

19 February 2015

The exact authors of Swan Lake are unknown – but the ballet shows the influence of a variety of different fairytales.

From legend to libretto: What drew Wagner to the myth of the Flying Dutchman?

9 February 2015

What was it in the tale of a doomed loner that so inspired the composer to create one of his first operatic masterpieces?

Opera Essentials: Der fliegende Holländer

27 January 2015

Our quick guide to Wagner's first great work, inspired by the tale of a legendary ghost ship.

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.

Singing for the truth: What makes the story of Orfeo so powerful?

6 January 2015

Former Artistic Director of the RSC Michael Boyd on making his operatic debut and why Monteverdi’s music is like listening to Shakespeare.

Opera Essentials: Orfeo

22 December 2014

Our quick guide to the first operatic masterpiece, a tale of love and loss.

Gods in opera: From the all-powerful to imagined excuses for human (in)actions

29 October 2014

The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.

Listen: Can the arts help people better understand mental illness?

9 October 2014

We speak to one of the creators of new ballet Cassandra, and to a consultant psychiatrist, about understanding and representing psychosis on stage.

Watch: The stories of Prometheus and Leda and the Swan

5 September 2014

Ancient myth illustrated with new animations, voiced by Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory short films to have their premiere at Deloitte Ignite 2014

4 September 2014

Actors perform poems on film, and voice animated films inspired by the festival's theme of myth.

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