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Articles tagged with "programme trail"

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.

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?

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