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  1. September 16, 2014

    Norma, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing – review

    By now, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts has developed a formula for introducing western operas. Unlike the...

  2. September 15, 2014

    Otello/Anna Nicole/Rigoletto, London – review

    As the 2014/15 season opens, the wheel of fortune has dealt very different hands to London’s two opera companies. While the...

  1. September 12, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    Birmingham Ballet, The Lowry, Salford Birmingham Royal Ballet opens its autumn season at The Lowry with David Bintley’s...

  2. September 5, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    Dracula, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Northern Ballet takes the first steps in the new season with its well-liked Dracula...

  3. August 29, 2014

    Hot ticket: live-streaming theatre productions in cinemas

    On December 30 2006 the Metropolitan Opera in New York conducted an experiment. Building on 75 years’ experience of live...

  4. August 22, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    The lethargy that overtakes the dance world in late summer makes this time of year a desert for dance. So I offer these...

  5. August 18, 2014

    Cinderella, Royal Opera House, London – review

    The star ratings system is a blunt instrument at the best of times but it becomes almost meaningless when faced with...

  6. August 15, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    Lord of the Flies, Various venues Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures troupe is taking a new staging by Bourne and Scott Ambler...

  7. August 15, 2014

    Richard Wagner: Die Walküre – review

    This previously unpublished BBC recording, documenting Georg Solti’s first new production as Royal Opera music director,...

  8. August 15, 2014

    The Proms and the first world war

    As part of its first world war centenary tribute, the BBC Proms this Sunday will juxtapose works by three composers who died...

  9. August 12, 2014

    Mariinsky triple bill, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Not a seat to be had for the Mariinsky’s triple bill, which offered a bold mix of work beginning with Mikhail Fokine’s The...

  10. August 11, 2014

    Balanchine Ballets, Royal Opera House, London – review

    The Mariinsky Ballet has, in recent years, reclaimed its grandest Old Boy by mounting splendid stagings of the Balanchine...

  11. August 8, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, London This feast continues for another week. Today you have last chances to see the...

  12. August 4, 2014

    Swan Lake, Royal Opera House, London – review

    In all my years of ballet-going, Swan Lake has been the most persistent phenomenon. With a legion of companies I have seen...

  13. August 1, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    Solo For Two, Coliseum, London At the London Coliseum from Wednesday until next Saturday Natalia Osipova and Vladimir...

  14. July 29, 2014

    Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London – review

    As we look at Leonid Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, which opened the Mariinsky Ballet’s London season on Monday night, we see...

  15. July 23, 2014

    Cubanía, Royal Opera House, London – review

    A house favourite since joining the Royal Ballet in 1998, Carlos Acosta has had no problem packing Covent Garden for...

  16. July 14, 2014

    La bohème, Royal Opera House, London – review

    It is – remarkably – 40 years since John Copley’s production of La bohème was first seen at the Royal Opera House. In the...

  17. July 11, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

    Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, London Seekers after truth, beauty, bravura, l’âme slave, discipline, tradition,...

  18. July 7, 2014

    Maria Stuarda, Royal Opera House, London – review

    In the run-up to the vote on Scottish independence there is plenty of scope for topical allusions in the theatre. When the...

  19. June 30, 2014

    The World’s Greatest Show, Greenwich Dance, London

    The 20-minute interval in the middle of Arthur Pita’s The World’s Greatest Show was a chance for the encircling audience at...

  20. June 27, 2014

    Ariadne auf Naxos, Royal Opera House, London – review

    No composer was so intent on navel-gazing as Richard Strauss. In his 150th anniversary year we are getting plenty of...

  21. June 23, 2014

    Leading UK galleries begin search for new directors

    Two of the top jobs in the UK art world are up for grabs after the heads of the National Gallery and the National Portrait...

  22. June 18, 2014

    Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera House, London – review

    It is a brave director who tries to update Puccini. For a group of works commonly (if erroneously) described as “realistic”,...

  23. June 13, 2014

    Upcoming dance and ballet

    Restless Creature, Royal Opera House, London The illustrious American ballerina Wendy Whelan, a long-time star of New York...

  24. June 6, 2014

    Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, London

    A Reminder: the Mariinsky Ballet arrives at the Royal Opera House on July 28. roh.org.uk 020 7304 4000...

  25. June 1, 2014

    Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Just over 30 years ago, when Poulenc’s opera was last given at Covent Garden, the great French soprano Régine Crespin – one...

  26. May 30, 2014

    Es Devlin’s designs for (cultural) life

    Think of some of the most striking visual moments that have pepped up British culture over the past decade: of Damien...

  27. May 29, 2014

    Dutch National Ballet, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London – review

    A few years marking time in the back row of the Peasant Waltz will teach a young ballet graduate a great deal about stamina...

  28. May 29, 2014

    Moses und Aron

    Don’t be put off by the composer’s thorny reputation: Schoenberg’s biblical epic, left incomplete when he died, is a...

  29. May 18, 2014

    Alexander Whitley, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Lighting, as we know too well, can prove the life or death of a theatrical performance, and not least with ballet – a...

  30. May 15, 2014

    Royal Ballet triple bill, Royal Opera House, London – review

    The Royal Ballet’s current triple bill of Serenade, Sweet Violets and DGV is an ungainly thing with, at its heart, the...

  31. May 12, 2014

    Tosca, Royal Opera House, London – review

    In November it will be 90 years since Puccini died, and no opera composer since has come close to matching him in...

  32. May 2, 2014

    English opera needs artful ideas to stay in business

    As English National Opera opens its newest production, Thebans, tonight, much will be riding on the reaction of critics and...

  33. April 29, 2014

    English National Opera aims to lure masses with musicals and meals

    Facing calls to bolster its finances and cut its reliance on subsidies, English National Opera hopes to generate fresh funds...

  34. April 21, 2014

    La traviata, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Since this production was new in 1994 it has hosted sopranos of every variety. Angela Gheorghiu was the first, stepping up...

  35. April 13, 2014

    The Winter’s Tale, Royal Opera House, London – review

    With a play having so complex and so “inward” a narrative as The Winter’s Tale, the translation of spoken text into...

  36. Business Blog

    April 9, 2014

    The cultural challenge of Lululemon's expansion

    Companies expanding overseas have made great efforts to counter past mistakes of corporate imperialism – rather than merely...

  37. April 7, 2014

    Jonas Kaufmann, Royal Opera House, London – review

    It is many years since the Royal Opera House hosted a regular series of song recitals. Given the size of the venue, the...

  38. March 31, 2014

    Royal Opera House head rejects ‘democratising art’

    The head of London’s Royal Opera House says democratisation of the arts is a mistake if it jeopardises quality of...

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