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The Real Gustav III Feature

The Real Gustav III

Professor Jeremy Black looks at the history of Gustav III, King of Sweden, whose assassination provided the inspiration for Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.

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A Masked Ball Feature

A Masked Ball

Professor Susan Rutherford on concealment and censorship in the history of Un ballo in maschera.

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Bold youth and hot blood Feature

Bold youth and hot blood

Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first unequivocal triumph as he reached artistic maturity. In this article, Fiona Maddocks discusses his music and the sympathy it lends his title character.

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Puccini’s ‘enemy opera’ Programme article

Puccini’s ‘enemy opera’

La rondine was Puccini's first, and reluctant, commission in the field of operetta. George hall tracks its development amidst the outset of the First World War

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