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Articles by Emma Baker

Why Puccini is the Alfred Hitchcock of music

6 June 2017

Antonio Pappano on his three-decade love affair with the composer's works, and why he's excited for La bohème.

The Sky's the Limit: Vadim Muntagirov reflects on his first year with The Royal Ballet

27 July 2015

The young Russian Principal on his story so far, and what challenges lie ahead.

Trade Secrets: How do you train a chicken?

24 July 2015

Never mind the singers — the real stars of Francesca Zambello’s colourful production of Carmen are a charming horse, a docile donkey and four unflappable chickens.

‘If you reach just one person through music, that is enough’ - Carmen Giannattasio on the challenges of being an opera singer

22 June 2015

From gentle Mimì to regal bitch, soprano Carmen Giannattasio has surmounted immense challenges in her operatic roles as well as her private life.

Trade secrets: How do you ‘paint’ a rotating set with video projections?

27 January 2015

A look at the complex effects that light up the ground-breaking set of Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni.

Who sat in K15?

26 January 2015

Over the course of a week, we spoke to a diverse range of people who enjoyed the view from seat K15 in the Orchestra Stalls.

Vadim Muntagirov: ‘I'm a mixture of Russian blood and the English school’

28 July 2014

The Royal Ballet’s newest Principal on training in Perm, the challenges of moving to London as a teenager and why he’s looking forward to flexing his acting muscles.