Classical Music: Pick of the week

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The SBC's bold Birtwistle retrospective kicks off with the first performance in 10 years of his multi-layered (and mighty loud) operatic masterwork The Mask of Orpheus.

Tonight 7pm, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242)


American director Christopher Alden (David's less confrontational twin) returns to WNO after his time-teasing Turandot for the company's 50th anniversary staging of Gounod's devillish Gallic confection.

Opens Tuesday 7.15pm, New Theatre, Cardiff (01222 878889)