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Do you have to be a diva to take on Tosca?
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The Royal Opera House is staging Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable for the first time in a century. It's a welcome focus on a much maligned composer
Now that Keith Warner’s "Ring" has been re-launched in its entirety, we can judge it afresh. Like the first two "days" (reviewed last week) the second two contain much to enjoy, if also some disappointments, plus some technical hitches which should have been sorted out in dress rehearsal - notably the stuffed stag with its antlers caught on the overhanging 'sky', thus sabotaging Siegfried’s loveliest aria.
Jonathan Edwards believes Phillips Idowu may be relishing his chaotic build-up to the Olympics.
London mayor Boris Johnson stole the show from the Royal Ballet and opera stars such as Placido Domingo as the International Olympic Committee were welcomed to London last night.
Mark Ronson, most famous for his work with Amy Winehouse, has co-created a new dance piece at the Royal Opera. He tells Elisa Bray what attracted him to it
Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood is swapping the ballroom for the baton - as he learns to become a classical conductor.
When Susan Bullock delivers the traditional rendition of Rule, Britannia! at this year's Last Night of the Proms it will come as a ringing endorsement of her continuing pre-eminence as Britain's leading dramatic soprano.
In the early years of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Mikhail Fokine's ballets offered European audiences intoxicating visions, from grounded Russian folk tales to wild eastern dreams. In this celebration, the Mariinsky Ballet dance three of his most famous works.
The Royal Opera is pushing boundaries in a new show which mixes music, dance and two very different composers. By Jessica Duchen
Snow is falling, this time on stage. Frederick Ashton's ballet Les Patineurs shows skaters at play, showing off or slipping on the ice. When the snow starts to fall, they react as people do react: they look up, reach out to touch it, rush into a new round of activity, a whirl of movement.
In Will Tuckett's family show, the faeries are the puppets of Blind Summit Theatre, with delicate wild faces and slender or cuddly limbs. When they were carried through the foyer afterwards, children came crowding up to watch.
Rufus Wainwright is to become the first pop artist to take upresidency at the Royal Opera House in London.
Frederick Ashton's Sylvia is a frilly mythological ballet with a delightful Delibes score and a cast including everything from gods to ceremonial goats. The Royal Ballet's production is a sumptuous recreation of the 1952 original, but needs more authority behind the trimmings.