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

Writer of 'gay' opera attacks censorship

Opera North defended its decision to cancel an opera involving primary school pupils after the writer refused to tone down references to a character's homosexuality.

Wrong pieces played in concert halls, says Proms new young star

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The meandering caravan that is the Metropolitan Opera while on the road arrived as scheduled in Japan this week for a long-planned 14-performance tour in Nagoya and Tokyo. But it is without two of its most adored stars who have dropped out at the last minute because of fears about earthquake-related radiation.

Oldest music hall faces demoliton after losing £4m Lottery Fund bid

The future of the world's oldest surviving music hall, Wilton's in London, is in doubt after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) refused an application for £3.8 million to save the crumbling building, a relic of the Victorian East End that has been at the heart of the community for more than 150 years.

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Alessandro Striggio's 1566 mass, performed by 40 choristers, sees voices, strings and brass meld into a jaw-dropping harmony.

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