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New York City Opera declared an impasse yesterday in contract negotiations with unions for its singers and musicians, threatening to present its abbreviated season without them.

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Daniel Barenboim, one of the great conductors, will lead an unprecedented series of concerts at next year's BBC Proms to mark the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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A Proms performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was taken off air after it was repeatedly interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters, the BBC said.

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I'm going it alone: celebrated musical duo Claudio Abbado and Hélène Grimaud split over solo

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Extreme yodelling and karaoke are coming to the home of heavyweight opera this summer in a series of radical performances.

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Opera North has undertaken a dramatic U-turn over the staging of a controversial opera after accusations of homophobia.

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