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.
27 March 2014
The composer on his score for Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet and how you depict drastically different settings in one cohesive score.
5 November 2013
Monica Mason rehearses with Claudia Dean, and Barry Wordsworth demonstrates how to conduct a work built on revolutionary rhythms.
31 October 2013
With The Rite of Spring returning, we look at some of Stravinsky's other iconic ballet scores.
14 October 2013
A closer look at a Verdi duet with a chilling revelation.
30 September 2013
A close look at the sun-drenched keys and darker hues of a classic piece of ballet music.
26 September 2013
The Latvian conductor on the emotional and technical demands of Richard Strauss’s gripping drama.