25 January 2016
The composer of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Manet.
15 January 2016
The life of courtesan Marie Duplessis and her early death from consumption inspired several works of art, including Verdi's famous opera.
11 December 2015
Look closer at this masterpiece and you'll see an entirely new kind of opera, one which rails against the societal conventions its composer loathed.
2 December 2015
Fierce competition may have fuelled the composition of these two operas, but together they now make one of opera’s most popular couplings.
16 November 2015
Our audiences have pushed for a revival of this two-act work more than any other Ashton ballet, but what makes it so loved?
6 July 2015
Verdi may have been well into his seventies by the time he wrote his two final operas, but he saved possibly his finest works until last.
18 June 2015
Rossini made historic developments in his final opera, which precursed the tropes of modern film directors and ushered in a whole new genre.
18 May 2015
Though a mature masterpiece, Robbins’s ballet had one of the most fraught geneses of any in work the repertory, pushing its choreographer to near-breaking point.
20 April 2015
The choreographer’s glorious romantic comedy evokes his beloved Suffolk and is one of his finest and most characteristic works.
16 March 2015
With this tragedy, Puccini transcended the role of composer by incorporating touches that mark him as a dramatist of genius.