18 May 2015
Though a mature masterpiece, Robbins’s ballet had one of the most fraught geneses of any in work the repertory, pushing its choreographer to near-breaking point.
15 May 2015
Over 41 years, all the greats – including Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa and Luciano Pavarotti – have performed in John Copley’s classic production.
7 May 2015
One of the outstanding rulers of pre-modern Europe, King Roger II of Sicily united different cultures in one kingdom.
30 April 2015
How changing singing styles made the heroes of such operas as Guillaume Tell sound more dangerous.
28 April 2015
Sicily's eclectic history inspired the Polish composer to fuse a variety of different styles in his masterful opera.
24 April 2015
The composer was fascinated by Nietzsche’s theories of mankind’s opposing desires for control and for chaos – theories that drive the dilemma of King Roger.
Watch: Christopher Carr on working with Frederick Ashton – 'You could always feel this energy around him'
23 April 2015
The Guest Principal Ballet Master discusses the creative process behind some of The Royal Ballet’s most celebrated productions.
21 April 2015
Ashton’s 1960 production is now the most well known, but there have been hundreds of versions of the ballet since its premiere in 1789.
20 April 2015
The choreographer’s glorious romantic comedy evokes his beloved Suffolk and is one of his finest and most characteristic works.
16 April 2015
Our quick guide to Ashton’s joyous ballet inspired by English country life.