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Articles tagged with "background"

Stormy weather: How opera composers use musical maelstroms

23 September 2014

Storms as a narrative and compositional device in Rigoletto, Idomeneo and Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Il barbiere di Siviglia Musical highlight: The Act I finale

18 September 2014

Rossini scales new comic heights in this brilliant finale, a tangled web of farce that shows off his skill in writing for ensembles.

Making Manon: How MacMillan fused two ballerinas' styles in one role

16 September 2014

One of ballet's most iconic roles contains elements of both Antoinette Sibley and Jennifer Penney.

Anna Nicole Musical Highlight: The PARTAY! Scene

11 September 2014

With its lavish hedonism, Anna Nicole makes the soirées in La traviata and La bohème look like a teddy bears' picnic.

Rigoletto Musical Highlight: ‘Caro nome’

9 September 2014

Verdi poignantly depicts innocent love in this much-loved aria sung by one of the composer's youngest heroines.

Opera Essentials: Anna Nicole

25 August 2014

Our guide to Mark-Anthony Turnage's sensational 2011 opera.

Opera Essentials: Schoenberg's Moses und Aron

23 July 2014

Our guide to an essential modernist masterpiece.

How to Stage an Opera: Exploring the complex naturalism of La bohème

17 July 2014

The wide variety of props in John Copley's classic production is intended to create an engrossing and believable world.

Musical Highlight: The Act IV Finale of La bohème

9 July 2014

In the tragic ending to one of his best loved operas, Puccini powerfully evokes the potency of memory.

Musical Highlight from Maria Stuarda: the Confrontation Scene

30 June 2014

The fiery scene that originally led to the opera being banned sees Donizetti at his most blisteringly dramatic.

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