The string sections plays during the first night of the Proms, 2014

Prom 55 and 56, classical reviews

Royal Albert Hall, London

Terrible revenge: Soprano Nina Stemme in Strauss's Salome in Spain in 2010

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Nina Stemme performs as Isolde during a dress rehearsal in June, 2013, for a production of Richard Wagner´s Tristan and Isolde at the State Opera in Vienna

A role worth dying for

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Somewhere along the line, classical music has been appropriated A guy walks on in a monkey suit and perpetuates the "amazing scowling genius shrouded in my own artistry" thing. Instead, why not introduce this guy Bach, who was surrounded by death – 11 of his children died in infancy, and then the love of his life dies – then play a piece he wrote in her memory. People will get more from it than by reading an Oxford don's programme notes.

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Rufus Wainwright performs at Town Hall on April 15, 2014 in New York City

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Musical responses to conflict recurred throughout the evening

La traviata, Opera Up Close, Soho Theatre, review: 'Could speak louder with a little less volume'

Can what is gained in intimacy ever make up for what is lost in scope?

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, review: Glorious preposterousness'

None of the directorial liberties are at the expense of the music

De Staat, Multi-Story Orchestra, review: Extremely and unremittingly loud

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