Watch: Joby Talbot on creating The Winter’s Tale’s musical score – ‘The hardest thing I’ve ever had to compose’
8 February 2016
Shakespeare’s problem play is notoriously difficult to stage, and scoring a ballet adaption is no different.
1 February 2016
The conductor explored the music of relatively unknown composer Emmanuel Chabrier with the help of two principal cast members.
30 November 2015
Mascagni’s draws on church music in this masterful and intense evocation of a small community and one guilt-ridden woman’s position outside of it.
Remixing in the age of Baroque: How and why Gluck transformed Orfeo ed Euridice into Orphée et Eurydice
11 September 2015
Gluck made significant changes when he adapted his opera for Paris – some of them controversial.
4 September 2015
This stunning sequence of dances gives a vivid impression of Orpheus’s journey through the Underworld, and contains some of Gluck’s best loved music.
10 April 2015
Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.
23 March 2015
The conductor introduces Ludwig Minkus, ‘one of the founding fathers of Russian ballet music’, through the music of Don Quixote.
14 January 2015
If the drama demands it, should passages of works be cut; or should we leave works as intended by the composer?
7 October 2014
Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.
18 July 2014
While the Opera and Ballet Companies are away, work goes into preparing the scores for the new Season.