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Articles tagged with "peter grimes"

Holding up a mirror: How opera composers reflect community and society

19 November 2015

Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.

Some things are better left unsung: Why composers use speech in opera

2 November 2015

Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.

The Shipping Cues: Why ships on stage make great drama

17 February 2015

Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.

Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers

23 January 2015

Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.

Our favourite doomed operatic parties

5 December 2014

Curses, seduction and murder – why are operatic parties always doomed to end in tears?

Britten and ballet: A surprisingly rich relationship

31 October 2014

Although he only created one full-length ballet, the composer had more to do with dance than you might think.

Voices Off: Famous examples of offstage voices in opera

6 March 2014

Some of our favourite examples of the power of the unseen singer.

Happy 100th birthday Benjamin Britten

22 November 2013

Music and life of one of the greatest composers of the 20th-century marked by live performances and broadcasts.

Opera's Madmen

11 October 2013

From Russian tsars to Suffolk fishermen, Alban Berg's Wozzeck isn't the only opera character to be driven insane.

Benjamin Britten at the Royal Opera House: An uneasy partnership

28 June 2013

A look over this troubled relationship – and the glorious operas it produced.

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