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In a leaden park-and-bark reading of a Verdian tale of love and loss, the set has more dramatic range than the principals

Nabucco, director: Nicola Luisotti

Nabucco, Royal Opera house, London

Topical references in programme notes printed in advance are risky, and Boris Berezovsky’s miserable demise has made Covent Garden’s essayist - for whom he represents the quintessential pampered exile - look silly.

Sparks, Two Hands One Mouth: Live in Europe (Lil Beethoven)

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Extraordinarily, in a career 22 albums long, this is the first live recording that Sparks have released – and it's typical of their quixotic charm that, despite being famous for the ambitious complexity of their arrangements, it should feature pared-down settings of one voice accompanied by just one keyboard.

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Deputy director of the Tate Alex Beard has been appointed to the top role at the Royal Opera House.

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Royal Opera House chief, Sir Antonio Pappano, has criticised young opera stars. Clockwise from top left: Juan Diego Florez, Marina Poplavskaya, Anja Harteros and Celine Byrne have all pulled out of performances at the ROH

Song and dance at opera as director Sir Antonio Pappano lays into underperforming stars

Royal Opera House chief claims current crop lack commitment

Ava June (right): Lyric soprano equally at home with Britten, Wagner and Italian romantic opera

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Her portrayal of Tosca in the 1970s was described by one critic as 'valiant and touching'

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Opera: Written on Skin at The Royal Opera House

A heavenly tale that gets under the skin

The Beggar’s Opera, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Benjamin Britten’s take on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera is coruscatingly original, yet its only airing scheduled for this centenary year – courtesy of young singers from the European Opera Centre - has briefly come and gone in Liverpool. And if it wasn’t an unalloyed success, Bernard Rozet’s production did at least make a valiant attempt to engage with the multiple challenges which this remake of a remake presents.

Amanda Echalaz (right) and Kristine Opolais (left) take on the role of Tosca in turn at the Royal Opera House

Highly strung sopranos reach diva pitch

Do you have to be a diva to take on Tosca?

Sony risks PS4 backlash as gamers say: where's the box - and how much will it cost?

Sony say new console will be a  'supercharged PC' but fail to reveal the box itself...or the price

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ENO won’t be able to cash in on its new Verdi, which chooses polemic over pure passion

La Clemenza di Tito, Grand Theatre, Leeds

Which is Mozart’s last opera? Most people would say The Magic Flute, and it was indeed the last to be staged in his lifetime.

Fire-breathing stiltwalker suffers 'severe' burns and collapses during opera rehearsal

Actor Wesley Daniel is being treated in hospital after the accident at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

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