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Royal command: Susan Bullock’s Elizabeth I has a touch of Bette Davis about her

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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.

Anthony Hilton: Innovation rather than acquisition is the challenge now facing SAB Miller

Thanks to the brewers SAB Miller who took me as a guest, Monday evening was spent watching Death in Venice, staged by English National Opera at the Coliseum.

The Rolling Stones will be dropping off at Worthy Farm on their 50 and Counting anniversary jaunt

Our elder rockers have outgrown our descriptions

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Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon to return to the London stage 25 years after it first arrived

Miss Saigon, the musical that brought a real helicopter onto the West End stage, is descending on London again.

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The Independent joins 1,800 opera-goers on a freezing English beach as Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes competes with the crash of the waves and the whistling wind. The result? Spectacular

Folk gig of the week: Lucinda Williams, Various venues

When Lucinda Williams played her entire catalogue in LA and New York in 2007, the guest line-up (including Steve Earle, David Byrne and Emmylou Harris) suggested the esteem in which her voice and songs are held.

Extraordinary legacy: Bruno Bartoletti

Bruno Bartoletti: Acclaimed opera conductor

Bruno Bartoletti, who died on 9 June the day before his 87th birthday, was a conductor who was associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for half a century, and who championed modern opera. In a career that saw him conduct into his 80s – he directed Puccini's Manon Lescaut at Florence's Teatro Comunale in February 2011 – he served as the first music director of Chicago's Lyric Opera, starting as guest conductor there in 1956, when he was relatively unknown.

Opera singers Angela Gheorghiu, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Anna Netrebk

Starving opera stars need 'beef' to sing says Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Why do all female classical musicians have to be thin and sexy?

Classical review: Peter Grimes, Snape Maltings, Suffolk

It was in many ways appropriate that Aldeburgh’s Britten-centenary festival should open with a concert performance of Peter Grimes.

Turmoil at the Royal Opera House as choreographer pulls out of Giuseppe Verdi's Les Vêpres Siciliennes

One of the showpiece productions of the forthcoming Royal Opera season is in turmoil after artistic differences saw the Royal Ballet pull out of Les Vêpres Siciliennes just months before opening night.

Time-bound: Christopher Purves as Walt Disney in ‘The Perfect American’

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This is less an opera than a failed attempt at Citizen Kane

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