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Articles tagged with "programme trail"

Emmanuel Chabrier: An unsung hero of 19th-century French music

25 January 2016

The composer of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Manet.

The Real Traviata: The tragic true story that inspired La traviata

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.

Intimate Truths: The private world of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

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.

A happy marriage despite a fiery courtship: Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

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.

A Much-Loved Classic: Why Ashton’s The Two Pigeons is making a long-awaited return to the stage

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?

How Verdi proved experience can trump youth with Otello and Falstaff

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.

A turning point in opera: Rossini and Guillaume Tell

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.

A Meditation on Love: The troubled creation of Jerome Robbins’s In the Night

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.

Unmistakably English: Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée

20 April 2015

The choreographer’s glorious romantic comedy evokes his beloved Suffolk and is one of his finest and most characteristic works.

A Dramatic Improvement: Puccini and the creation of Madama Butterfly

16 March 2015

With this tragedy, Puccini transcended the role of composer by incorporating touches that mark him as a dramatist of genius.

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