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Daniel Barenboim and his son Michael in Berlin last year

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As a vital part of the London 2012 Festival, the pressure's on the Proms this year – and, writes Jessica Duchen, they deliver on their own terms

Rapt audience: Bernard Haitink tutors Gad Kadosh

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David McVicar tells Louise Flind about the huge challenge of staging Les Troyens

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Launched by Benjamin Britten in 1948, the Aldeburgh Festival opens its 65th season this Friday with a 60th birthday tribute to former artistic director and current artist in residence, Oliver Knussen, whose marvellous Maurice Sendak-inspired operas, Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!, are given two performances in a new multimedia staging by Netia Jones.

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