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Articles tagged with "Richard Wagner"

Our favourite doomed operatic parties

5 December 2014

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

Quoting Tristan: Echoes of Wagner over 150 years of music and film

3 December 2014

Richard Wagner's iconic masterpiece pervades Western culture.

Our favourite romantic love duets

24 November 2014

19th-century opera is renowned for its depiction of intense love affairs.

Tristan und Isolde Musical Highlight: The ‘Tristan Chord’

20 November 2014

Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?

Wagner unpacked: A guide to one of opera's greatest composers

19 November 2014

Though always a controversial figure, this German composer revolutionized music.

Gods in opera: From the all-powerful to imagined excuses for human (in)actions

29 October 2014

The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.

Venice has provided setting and inspiration for countless operas


3 October 2014

The city has an important association with the art form that reaches from I due Foscari to Death in Venice.

Not-so-easy listening made easier: How to listen to the unfamiliar as well as the familiar

22 July 2014

Schonberg's Moses und Aron may seem daunting, but dip a toe in the water and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Opera's Russian Dolls: the opera-within-an-opera

27 June 2014

Composers from Purcell to Turnage bring the audience onstage by writing them into the music.

10 Operatic Prayers: Divine music in hope of divine intervention

24 April 2014

Operatic characters often look to the heavens, in thanks or in anguished supplication.

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