7 October 2016
Cartoonist Osbert Lancaster's designs for Frederick Ashton’s bucolic masterpiece have drawn criticism over the years – but they play an important part in the ballet’s larger-than-life charm.
27 September 2016
Far from a random choice, why making Figaro a barber gives the hero of Mozart and Rossini's operas a controversial, revolutionary spin.
3 August 2016
Diverted planes, missed rehearsals, and a shoplifting discus thrower: the Bolshoi's 1956 Covent Garden season got off to an uncertain start.
6 July 2016
Verdi’s fiery tragedy has been a staple at the Royal Opera House for centuries, as revealed by a foray into our archives.
28 June 2016
Why have Goethe's works influenced composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Massenet?
22 June 2016
Our quick introduction to Iain Bell’s opera inspired by David Jones’s epic poem about the horrors of World War I.
21 June 2016
How Verdi's operatic smash hit came to being — in spite of a tangled web of correspondence between composer and librettist.
10 June 2016
Iconic blue plaques affixed to the former homes of two of 20th century ballet's greatest stars celebrate their careers and legacy.
6 June 2016
For its first revival in decades, landmark dramatic ballet The Invitation is being performed in a very different cultural climate from its 1960 premiere.
31 May 2016
Verdi’s much-loved chorus from the opera Nabucco has achieved an almost mythic status as a politically influential piece – but the truth is a little more complicated than that.