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Self-doubt and rotten luck - Rachmaninoff's music is even more wonderful after hearing how he overcame his demons

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Rachmaninoff’s music is adored the world over, but he was plagued with self-doubt.
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With curtain up in less than two weeks, here's five things you need to know about The Royal Opera's new production of L'Etoile

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Our quick introduction to Chabrier’s delightfully silly opera.
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What did you think of The Royal Opera's Tosca?

We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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What did you think of Jonathan Kent's production of Puccini's classic opera?
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How can you get Puccini wrong ?
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What did you think of Damiano Michieletto's new production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci?

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What did you think of Damiano Michieletto's new production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s greatest operas?
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Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at The Royal Opera, will leave the Company at the end of March 2017.

The search to find his successor will begin in the New Year.

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If you're going to practice your Sugar Plum Fairy solo in the living room, you're going to need a decent recording.

We've dug through the many film and audio recordings of The Nutcracker to pick out our favourites.

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With so many DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings of the Christmas classic on offer, how do you choose between them?
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The composer of of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers including Debussy, Stravinsky and Monet — so why did he sink into relative obscurity?

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The composer of of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers including Debussy, Stravinsky and Monet — so why did he sink into relative obscurity?
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Frankfurt's opera house had a marvelous production of L'Etoile in 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k02Iy9ow5Qc
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What did you think of The Royal Opera's La traviata?

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What did you think of Richard Eyre's production of Verdi's iconic opera?
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Altho' I've seen this beautiful opera many times,I really think it is Verdi's best,so many wonderful arias,this is a great production,I went to a matinee performance yesterday,but could see it for ever!! Some good acting too!
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As well as history and mythology, opera composers throughout the art form's history have turned to fairytales for inspiration

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The centuries-old form continues to inspire, even into the 21st century through works such as The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.
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To try and answer the question from a literary standpoint: fairytales and fables have several elements that make them ideal for melodramatic development, especially in a commercial setting.

One is that of 'archetype', which the article here touches upon. Another is that of typical or 'structured' conflict, which this article delves into somewhat more.

You see them working less successfully in standard drama, because the dramatist has to 'bend' the audiences' expectations -- for 'surprise', for character development, for art.

In standard drama, the story must project itself, not be propelled by customary, 'established' factors.  

BTW, the very best opera also does this.
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What did you think of The Royal Ballet's iconic Christmas production?

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What did you think of The Royal Ballet's iconic Christmas production?
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What did you think of Damiano Michieletto's new Royal Opera production of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci?

We've blogged the opening night reaction. Add your own review!

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What did you think of Damiano Michieletto's new Royal Opera production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's verismo operas?
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A treat for your TV - Carlos Acosta is the subject of an upcoming episode of the BBC's 'Imagine...' to be aired on BBC One on 8 December 2015 at 10.35pm

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The special will see the Principal Guest Artist offer unique insights into the creation of Carmen, and a glimpse into his future plans.
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