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Articles tagged with "programme trail"

Mozart and victims of fashion: how courtly extravagance hit the stage

16 June 2017

The enormous frocks in The Royal Opera’s production of Mozart’s opera Mitridate could be found in every European court and theatre for more than a hundred years.

The real Madame X: the true story that inspired Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet Strapless

16 May 2017

The scandal around John Singer Sargent's portrait of society beauty Amélie Gautreau ruined her reputation forever.

The true story behind Verdi’s opera Don Carlo

3 May 2017

High dramatic tension, low historical accuracy: Verdi’s magnificent opera tells a story too good not to set to music.

Making it up as they go along? Mozart, Da Ponte and the creation of Così fan tutte

19 September 2016

Research into the original manuscripts of this famously ambiguous opera reveals that even its creators couldn’t decide what was going on.

A Norma trapped by society’s norms: the challenges of directing Bellini’s masterpiece in the 21st century

16 September 2016

Director Àlex Ollé on why Norma is no stock character but a very human figure, whose doubts and problems have an entirely contemporary resonance.

The true story behind ‘Va pensiero’, Verdi’s famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

31 May 2016

Verdi’s much-loved chorus from the opera Nabucco has achieved an almost mythic status as a politically influential piece – but the truth is a little more complicated than that.

Science experiments and personal tragedy: bringing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to life

26 April 2016

Investigating the true stories and scientific discoveries behind Mary Shelley’s literary masterpiece

Wilde at heart: the surreal brilliance of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest

30 March 2016

Irish composer Gerald Barry defies common sense at every turn in his operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play, to surprisingly ingenious effect.

The real Boris Godunov: Guilty or not guilty?

3 March 2016

The unresolved controversy surrounding the Russian tsar and his ascent to power has inspired great works including Musorgsky’s epic opera.

Getting it Right: Peter Wright on his production of Giselle

16 February 2016

Wright’s Royal Ballet production has become the must-see staging of this quintessential Romantic ballet.

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