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I due Foscari Digital Programme

£2.99

Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Doge: a portrait in music

A portrait of the character of Doge Francesco Foscari, with selections from a recording of the opera.

Who was Francesco Foscari?

Verdi's opera, via Byron's play, is based on the real-life fifteenth century Doge of Venice. Explore the history of the man and his milieu.

Production Photographs

Gavin Plumley introduces Tchaikovsky's iconic score to Swan Lake with help from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Boris Gruzin.

Sarah Quill Photographs

A video from the interval films during the live cinema broadcast of I due Foscari on 27 October 2014

A dramatic setting

The action in Verdi's opera centres around the Ducal Palace in Venice. But what is it like to visit the palace today and walk in the footsteps of Doge Francesco Foscari himself? We explore the famous palace then and now.

Musical highlights: Jacopo and Lucrezia

A video from the interval films during the live cinema broadcast of I due Foscari on 27 October 2014

Love, vengeance and death

Sarah Lenton on what to look forward to in Verdi's I due Foscari

Watch: Antonio Pappano introduces the music of Verdi's I due Foscari

A video from the interval films during the live cinema broadcast of I due Foscari on 27 October 2014

La Serenissima – Poetry and the City

Soloist Francesca Hayward on dancing the role of Manon for the first time

Director Thaddeus Strassberger

Although Jules Massenet composed an opera based on the Manon story, the music for Kenneth MacMillan's ballet is an amalgamation of the composer's work. Discover more, with excerpts from a recording.

World Ballet Day challenge: Send us your pirouette videos

Although Jules Massenet composed an opera based on the Manon story, the music for Kenneth MacMillan's ballet is an amalgamation of the composer's work. Discover more, with excerpts from a recording.

Watch: Plácido Domingo in conversation with Antonio Pappano

Directed by Kasper Holten with designs by Es Devlin, starring Marius Kwiecień, Alex Esposito and Véronique Gens, buy your copy of Mozart's opera

Watch: The cast and creative team introduce I due Foscari

Alice meets a host of unusual characters during her adventure in Wonderland. Listen to Fiona Shaw read extracts of Lewis Carroll's book and see the characters as imagined in The Royal Ballet's production

The Story

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Verdi and I due Foscari

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Information

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Biographies

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