Pulling the strings: Spira Mirabilis

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Jessica Duchen attends an odd rehearsal

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Tim Steiner's Mission Ruse and the real power of music

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Stick with him: Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti's resignation: Does Italy have an opera problem?

Conductor Riccardo Muti's departure from the Rome Opera exposes the cultural crisis that Italy is in, says Jessica Duchen
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Katie Derham: Prom queen on a musical mission

The presenter wants to bring classical music to the masses and rid the Proms of its posh-people-only stereotype

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

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects. Boyd Tonkin examines her lasting allure
Hooked on classical: cellist Rachael Lander began drinking to combat panic attacks

Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding

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

Swedish soprano Nina Stemme tells Jessica Duchen that playing the tragic Salome is one of her biggest challenges yet

James Rhodes: The concert pianist on mental illness and opening up about sexual abuse

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.

Off the wall: Tasmin Little busking at Waterloo station

Proms 2014: Tasmin Little is preparing for her 20th Proms - but busking is her real passion

The chart-topping violinist tells Jessica Duchen that her real passion is for performing for people who never set foot in a concert hall
Dance of death: rehearsals for 'Medea'

Medea: How Goldfrapp scored the Greek tragedy

The National Theatre's production of the Greek tragedy 'Medea' addresses itself to the modern condition, helped by music from the art-pop duo. Holly Williams goes backstage

Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at the English National Opera

ENO's Cosi Fan Tutte opera is the new circus

Showman Gerry Cottle was dragged to see the latest production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ and had an epiphany

Proms 2014: Why the Proms are losing their director Roger Wright

This year’s concerts will feature the starriest names in classical music. But in the background is the sudden departure of director Roger Wright. We reveal the real reasons for his exit

David Lister: It’s right to relax concert rules, but try not to get carried away

Audience etiquette at classical music concerts has often been as fascinating to observe as the concert itself. Don’t clap between movements. Do cough between movements. Indeed, the louder the between-movements cough, the more it signals that the cougher is a music aficionado.

Body of work: Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano: Conducting gave me Tennis elbow'

Covent Garden's musical director, Sir Antonio Pappano, tells Jessica Duchen about funding crises, new productions, cinema broadcasts, and the pain of wielding the baton
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