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Rapt audience: Bernard Haitink tutors Gad Kadosh

Bernard Haitink: A maestro passes on his baton to the next generation

It's tough to make it as a conductor – so when 20 young stars were asked to perform for the great Bernard Haitink, the pressure was on.  reports

A member of Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Youth Symphonic Orchestra plays during a free concert directed by Gustavo Dudamel

Simon Bolivar Orchestra: Kids aloud

As the orchestra returns to Britain, Matthew Bell sees how music continues to change lives in Caracas ... and in south London too

Moved by the tragedy behind Berlioz's Troy story

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

The Aldeburgh Festival is celebrating its 65th season

Festival of the week: Aldeburgh Festival, various venues, Aldeburgh

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.

Cries of pain: Kishani Jayasinghe as Nafisa

Song of the suicide bomber: How 'Babur in London' negotiated a cultural minefield

The daring new opera featuring British terrorists planning an attack is being staged next month.

Plan B will appear at BBC's Hackney Weekend in London, Zakir Hussain in Battersea Park, London, and Stephen Fry at the Criterion Theatre, London

The London 2012 Festival: The greatest show of a great year

It is about to happen all over the UK. It brings existing celebrations like the Proms together with one-off spectaculars on the Thames and in Edinburgh, and street dance everywhere, in a programme of 12,000 events. Jessica Duchen selects the best

Tune in: British composer Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius: How a great British musical myth was born

A BBC film will shed light on the enigma of Frederick Delius

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne - Singing for their supper

Tickets to Glyndebourne aren't cheap but the festival is continuing to attract visitors, despite the recession, with a seductive, world-class programme that plays it safe. But can the good times last? Jessica Duchen reports

Point to prove: Noah Stewart in ‘Miss Fortune’

Noah Stewart: 'No one gave me the opportunity... I had to work for it'

The American tenor tells Jessica Duchen about his journey from Harlem to grand opera

Noah Stewart: 'No one gave me the opportunity... I had to work for it'

The American tenor tells Jessica Duchen about his journey from Harlem to grand opera

Opera of the Week: La Bohème, Royal Opera House, London

Not just another revival of a venerable old staging but its 25th showing in the 50th year of director John Copley's work at the Royal Opera House. Julia Trevelyan Oman's grandly designed Bohème is what used to pass for social realism at the opera.

Stuart Skelton contemplates back-to-back performances at the ENO and the Met in New York

Stuart Skelton: One man, two tenors

The Australian heldentenor tells Anna Picard about cigars, being an 'aryan hunk', and the secret of singing in two places at once

Pitch perfect: cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

Music wars: In the mood

Although it was used as a propaganda tool, music helped those enduring the horrors of the Second World War, says Patrick Bade in a new book

Garrett says: 'Opera is the greatest artistic collaboration known to mankind'

Lesley Garrett: 'I lost my voice in the middle of an opera; I thought my career was over'

I was shunned by the opera world when I began appearing in musicals There is still a powerful snobbery in the opera hierarchy and because I decided to do a musical or two, such as Carousel and The Sound of Music, all the doors suddenly closed to the opera houses, which surprised me. I believe their thinking is that once a singer departed from the prescribed operatic route, they become contaminated.

Gustavo Dudamel

The star conductor of the symphony of 385,000

Two orchestras, two countries and nine-and-a-half symphonies: Gustavo Dudamel's Mahler Project is a typically epic affair. Clemency Burton-Hill meets the maestro

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