A real-life rags to riches story?
Michael Church picks this years must-hear classical
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Simply Red, Lighthouse Family and Katie Melua tracks are especially effective, according to Lincolnshire County Council
While the big companies trundle out their hackneyed revivals, British Youth Opera ploughs its own furrow, first with a large-scale production of Britten’s “Paul Bunyan”, now with Domenico Cimarosa’s “The Secret Marriage”, an 18th century opera buffa which no major English company has staged in recent memory.
American mezzo-soprano dedicates performance of 'Over the Rainbow' to LGBT community
Commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the present Queen, Gloriana was a rare flop for Benjamin Britten. Its story of silly, handsome Robert Devereux’s ascent and descent in the affections of the ageing Elizabeth I is doubly hampered by the Tudorbethan argot of William Plomer’s libretto and the composer’s garish orchestration of John Dowland’s lute songs. For every moment of beauty and brilliance, there is another of thumb-twiddling banality.
A poem which famously inspired Nelson Mandela during his decades of incarceration has been set to music by a rising opera star.
His achievement was all the more remarkable for the fact that he was born with cerebral palsy
Her portrayal of Tosca in the 1970s was described by one critic as 'valiant and touching'
Hollywood A-listers jet in to add sparkle to Vienna's annual event with an image problem
Royal Festival Hall, London
The message for Syrians was clear: the army is the bedrock of power
Northern Ireland Opera toured with the unsettling adaptation of the Henry James ghost story, and Simon Rattle thrilled us again
From candlelit concerts to the famous King’s College Choir, we pick the best of this year’s celebrations of song
Christianity is part of our history so should be taught to children - it's not indoctrination.