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An interview with Alison Langer Feature

An interview with Alison Langer

Ahead of rehearsals, Alison Langer, who sings the role of Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, talked to Philippa Peall about her experiences with the Opera Holland Park Young Artists Programme and performing at the National Theatre.

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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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