CLASSICAL: THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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The Knot Garden today

The last performance of Scottish Opera's centenary-year staging of Michael Tippett's visionary 960s-style psychosexual reworking of Shakespeare's Tempest. Sir Richard Armstrong conducts, Peter Savidge sings the analytical magus Mangus, and Hilton Marlton and Derrick Parker play opera's first openly gay couple.

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (03-529 6000) 7.5pm

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The Thieving Magpie today

Mary Hegarty sings Ninetta, the innocent victim of the magpie's kleptomania, in a revival of Opera North's 990 staging of Rossini's darkly comic cliff-hanger.

Grand Theatre, Leeds (03-222 6222) 7.5pm

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The Lindsays tomorrow

Prior to disbanding later this year after more than 40 years together, the legendary British string quartet launches a valedictory Beethoven and Tippett cycle with the first of the former's early Op 8 and Op 59 sets, plus the later Quartetto Serioso, Op 95.

The Sage, Gateshead (0870 703 4555) 3pm

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Halle Wed & Thur

Martyn Brabbins conducts Ravel's ravishing fairy-tale ballet Mother Goose, framed by dance scores by Debussy (Danse Sacree et Danse Profane) and Holst (The Perfect Fool), and two works by Elgar (Introduction & Allegro for Strings and Italian holiday overture In the South).

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (06-907 9000) 7.30pm; also 3 Feb

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RLPO Wed & Thur

Nikolai Alexeev conducts an all-Russian programme: Glazunov's wintry variations on themes of frost, ice, hail and snow, from his ballet The Seasons; Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 (the "Brief Encounter"); and Rimsky-Korsakov's Oriental fantasy Scheherazade.

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (05-709 3789) 7.30pm

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