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Articles tagged with "Richard Wagner"

Recommended Recordings: June 2015

11 June 2015

This month features a magnificent recording of the Ring Cycle, an exceptional disc by Sonya Yoncheva and a new recording of Donizetti's rarely-performed Les Martyrs.

Baton bashing: When videogame music and classical music come together

30 April 2015

From Tetris and Mario Bros. to Call of Duty and Bioshock, videogames have long used classical music to soundtrack on-screen adventures.

Debate: Are intervals a frustrating distraction from the drama or a valuable break to gather thoughts?

24 February 2015

Which works do you think could do with an interval tweak?

Operatic magic: Fairytales and magical stories in opera

17 February 2015

Composers have long used magical settings to tell moving, profound and very human stories.

The Shipping Cues: Why ships on stage make great drama

17 February 2015

Building a ship on stage might be a stage designer’s nightmare, but life on or by the sea has made ideal material for some of opera’s greatest stories.

From legend to libretto: What drew Wagner to the myth of the Flying Dutchman?

9 February 2015

What was it in the tale of a doomed loner that so inspired the composer to create one of his first operatic masterpieces?

Der fliegende Holländer Musical Highlight: ‘Die Frist ist um’ – The Dutchman’s monologue

29 January 2015

Wagner’s first great monologue for bass-baritone is a powerful evocation of yearning and despair.

Opera Essentials: Der fliegende Holländer

27 January 2015

Our quick guide to Wagner's first great work, inspired by the tale of a legendary ghost ship.

Stormy Weather #2: Smart techniques for bringing a storm to the stage from history's great composers

23 January 2015

Beethoven inspired a host of operatic composers including Rossini, Verdi and Weill in musical methods for creating an operatic storm.

Opera in the Real World: The historical figures behind some of opera's greatest characters

5 January 2015

Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.

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