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Arianna

Alexander Goehr's teasingly anachronistic attempt at `composing again' Monteverdi's lost opera of 1608 met with a mixed reception upon its Royal Opera premiere last autumn - not least from the composer himself, who was not, apparently, all that enamoured of Francesca Zambello's production. With such fine young singers as Ruby Philogene and Philip Sheffield in the cast, this new varsity staging, in a smaller setting, should go much further towards meeting the Monteverdian ambitions of Cambridge's Professor of Music.

7.30pm tonight, tomorrow, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (Booking: 01223 504444)

Marthanne Verbit

The inquisitive American pianist who made her name last year with Bad Boy of Music, a stunning CD of the self-conscious pre-war avant-garderie of George Antheil, here presents a typically exploratory recital of Russian and American works ranging from Antheil's Max Ernst-based La femme 100 tetes through Louis Moreau Gottschalk's patriotic pot-pourri, The Union, to Joseph Fennimore's An Old Soft Shoe.

7.30pm Monday, Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1 (Booking: 0171-935 2141)

Ilya Itin

The Leeds Piano Competition winner makes his London recital debut.

7.45pm Wed, QEH / RFH2, SBC, London SE1 (Booking: 0171-960 4242)

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