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Articles tagged with "opera"

Un ballo in maschera musical highlight: The Act II Grand Duet

18 December 2014

Verdi uses traditional Italian form to create a duet of drama and soaring romance that celebrates the power of the human voice.

‘Urban without being slangy, modern without being modish’ - The challenges of translating Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

10 December 2014

Writer and lyricist Jeremy Sams on the pressures of translating an opera.

Watch: Joseph Calleja in conversation – ‘Mimicry is the best asset a singer can have’

25 November 2014

The Maltese tenor on his musical upbringing, the challenges of opera stardom, and the role he would still love to tackle.

5 things you need to know about I due Foscari

6 October 2014

Our quick guide to Verdi's early tragedy.

Introducing Philip Glass: A divisive but hugely influential figure in contemporary music

29 September 2014

Glass’s music – love it or hate it – has had a profound effect on wider pop culture.

Stormy weather: How opera composers use musical maelstroms

23 September 2014

Storms as a narrative and compositional device in Rigoletto, Idomeneo and Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Laughing out loud: Some of our favourite comedy moments in opera

18 September 2014

Opera isn't all tragic sopranos and tormented tenors, as these five classic comic moments prove. But do you agree with our choices?

26 things you may not know about Richard Strauss

11 August 2014

Our A-Z of Strauss series takes a closer look at the composer on the 150th anniversary of his birth; from the debate over his Nazi sympathies, to his fondness for yodelling.

Arnold Schoenberg: The most important composer of the 20th century?

24 July 2014

Moses und Aron was the last – and greatest – of four forays the Austrian made into the art form.

Michael McCarthy on Philip Glass’s The Trial: ‘an intensely musical experience’

11 July 2014

Director Michael McCarthy and librettist Christopher Hampton discuss Glass’s new pocket opera.

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