The Sunday Preview: Opera

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Degenerate Music (Birmingham Symphony Hall, 021-212 3333, Tues & Wed). The CBSO joins the rush to rediscover scores banned by the Nazis, with a touring programme that plays the Barbican on Friday.

Solti conducts the LSO (Barbican, 071- 638 8891, Wed, Thurs). Stravinsky, Bruckner and a lot of driven energy.

Beverley Early Music Festival (0482- 867430, from Thurs). Highlight: Purcell's Fairy Queen in Beverley Minster.

Ensemble Intercontemporain (South Bank, 071-928 8800, Fri & Sat). A miniature residency by the elite corps of the avant-garde in France, which brings with it the new piano concerto by the exiled Harry Birtwistle. Pierre Boulez conducts.

Brighton Festival (0273-674357, from Fri). Opening with unknown violinist David Garrett in Schumann's Violin Concerto. Risky.

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