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Not just another revival of a venerable old staging but its 25th showing in the 50th year of director John Copley's work at the Royal Opera House. Julia Trevelyan Oman's grandly designed Bohème is what used to pass for social realism at the opera.
Elin Manahan Thomas' lovely voice has graced two of the finest specialist choirs in the world: John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir and Harry Christophers' The Sixteen. It's a voice born to embrace the pure and ornate lines of pre-18th century music though this engaging Welsh singer rejoices in musical diversity wherever it comes from.
Julian Lloyd Webber has built himself an enviable reputation as one of music's most diligent explorers, refreshing parts of the repertoire that others choose to ignore while encouraging the best of new and established talents to extend and enhance the cello repertoire.
The Academy Of Ancient Music has been at the forefront of the period instrument revolution for almost four decades. When Christopher Hogwood founded the group in 1973, the idea that we really could go back and through an informed awareness of style and faithful deployment of original instruments, rekindle the shock-of-the-new effect — the passion and vitality of great 17th and 18th masterworks — was greeted with a mixture of excitement and scepticism.
John Boyden has been stirring up the music industry for decades. The one-time record producer has always regarded himself as something of a maverick, questioning the way orchestras are funded and run, and even sound.
For almost 40 years Opera Rara has been a record label with a mission: to rediscover and rejuvenate neglected operatic repertoire from the 19th century in such a way as to bring it back into public consciousness with flair and fervour.
Christopher Nupen talks to Edward Seckerson about a life lived through the camera lens in the company of some of the most legendary names in music