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Articles tagged with "orchestra"

Watch: Why performing Verdi's Otello ranks among opera's greatest challenges

23 May 2017

As the Shakespearean opera returns to the stage, Antonio Pappano reveals what makes the piece 'an Everest'.

Watch: Uncovering the musical secrets of Puccini's Madama Butterfly

10 April 2017

Antonio Pappano and Ermonela Jaho unpick the opera's famous score with a musical masterclass.

Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced

5 April 2017

The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera's programme for the coming Season include world premieres, major new productions and classic revivals.

Painting with music: How Tchaikovsky used the orchestra to create unrivalled ballet scores

24 November 2016

The great Russian composer was a genius in orchestration, but he outdid himself with The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut musical highlight: The intermezzo

17 November 2016

Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Anvils as instruments? Why every orchestra could do with some heavy metal

22 June 2016

How an enormous block of steel became a big hit on the opera stage - and beyond.

The glass harmonica: the world's most dangerous instrument?

25 April 2016

Credited with unexplained deaths and mental breakdowns, how can 37 glass bowls cause so much chaos?

Music Essentials: ‘The Mighty Handful’ Orchestral Concert

2 February 2016

Our quick introduction to these five influential Russian composers, this month celebrated in a concert with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Tosca Musical Highlight: The Te Deum

11 January 2016

A stunning musical depiction of Heaven and Hell closes Act I of Puccini's iconic Roman opera.

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