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Articles tagged with "score"

Watch: Why performing Verdi's Otello ranks among opera's greatest challenges

23 May 2017

As the Shakespearean opera returns to the stage, Antonio Pappano reveals what makes the piece 'an Everest'.

Don Carlo musical highlight: the Grand Inquisitor duet

16 May 2017

This riveting and sonorous duet for two basses sees two great forces face-off for who shall have ultimate power.

Watch: Uncovering the musical secrets of Puccini's Madama Butterfly

10 April 2017

Antonio Pappano and Ermonela Jaho unpick the opera's famous score with a musical masterclass.

Painting with music: How Tchaikovsky used the orchestra to create unrivalled ballet scores

24 November 2016

The great Russian composer was a genius in orchestration, but he outdid himself with The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann musical highlight: The Doll Aria

14 November 2016

Offenbach’s Olympia shows she’s no ordinary doll in this fiendishly difficult party-piece for soprano.

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.

Watch: Mark Elder explores the music of L’Étoile — 'It's quite extraordinary'

1 February 2016

The conductor explored the music of relatively unknown composer Emmanuel Chabrier with the help of two principal cast members.

Cavalleria rusticana Musical Highlight: The Easter Hymn

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.

Orphée et Eurydice Musical Highlights: Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Dance of the Furies

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.

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