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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. July 11, 2014

    Upcoming dance performances

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

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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”,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. March 31, 2014

    The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Last week’s run of The Sleeping Beauty at Covent Garden brought two splendid debuts, albeit there were glum makeshifts that...

  24. March 25, 2014

    BBC expands arts coverage with links to cultural organisations

    The BBC has promised to build closer links with other cultural organisations, as it unveiled plans to increase coverage of...

  25. March 14, 2014

    Five of the best: Turin cafés

    Baratti e Milano This elegant café-restaurant near the opera is famous for its giandujotto chocolates. Invented in 1867,...

  26. March 7, 2014

    La Fille du régiment, Royal Opera House, London

    How seriously can we take Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment? According to one of its first critics, the composer Hector...

  27. February 27, 2014

    The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, London – review

    The Sleeping Beauty, ultimate masterpiece of 19th-century ballet, has for me no rival in any subsequent choreography for...

  28. February 21, 2014

    Jonas Kaufmann: Schubert/Winterreise

    Star tenors are not generally known for their sensitivity to the German art song, but Jonas Kaufmann has always profiled...

  29. January 31, 2014

    George Benjamin: Written on Skin

    George Benjamin’s opera is the most subtle, the most sophisticated, the most powerful musical drama of the modern era. That...

  30. January 20, 2014

    Giselle, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Giselle as one of the finest flowers of the Romantic ballet, or Giselle as irresistible vehicle for a ballerina? These are...

  31. January 17, 2014

    Manon, Royal Opera House, London – review

    It is tempting, in the light of the Royal Opera’s latest Massenet performance, to draw parallels between Manon and La...

  32. January 8, 2014

    Jewels, Royal Opera House, London – review

    The musical sensibilities that are needed when dancing Balanchine ballets – works whose lifeblood is the choreography’s...

  33. December 23, 2013

    All the best: Eugene Onegin

    Few opera-goers forget their first encounter with Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin masterpiece. It has the impact of first love,...

  34. December 18, 2013

    Jewels, Royal Opera House, London – review

    As an alternative to – and escape from – the inevitable Nutcracker, the Royal Ballet this year proposes Jewels, Balanchine’s...

  35. December 12, 2013

    The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House/Coliseum, London – reviews

    The Nutcracker is inescapably among us with all its varied delights, from the Christmas party and a children’s choir fudging...

  36. December 2, 2013

    Parsifal, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Mankind is sick. The conventional remedies, religious and medicinal, have proved useless. Where lies the cure for our...

  37. November 24, 2013

    Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Not quite what one might have hoped. Natalya Osipova’s debut as Juliet with the Royal Ballet was eagerly anticipated: here...

  38. November 20, 2013

    Particle Velocity, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Phoenix Dance Theatre is based in Leeds, has worked hard and wisely to show dance to a broad public during 30 years, and is...

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