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Opera Singer

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Royal Opera

Now that Keith Warner’s "Ring" has been re-launched in its entirety, we can judge it afresh. Like the first two "days" (reviewed last week) the second two contain much to enjoy, if also some disappointments, plus some technical hitches which should have been sorted out in dress rehearsal - notably the stuffed stag with its antlers caught on the overhanging 'sky', thus sabotaging Siegfried’s loveliest aria.

Scientist Jayson Khun-Dkar discovers opera singing skills after

Last year Jayson Khun-Dkar read an advert in a newspaper while sitting on the bus. At the time, he could not read a single musical note and his experience as a singer amounted to a few bravado karaoke performances, which, though highly commended by his friends, gave no clue to an extraordinary talent lying dormant within. Today, Jayson Khun-Dkar is an opera singer.

Tribes, Royal Court Theatre, London

Nina Raine picked up a couple of "Most Promising Dramatist" awards for her 2006 play Rabbit. She amply fulfils that promise now with Tribes, a fiercely intelligent, caustically funny and emotionally wrenching piece about communication, belonging, and identity. It focuses on Billy (excellent Jacob Casselden), a young man who was born deaf and has been brought up as a lip-reader. Back home from university, he struggles to get a word in edgeways in a household of bickering egotists headed by Stanley Townsend's exuberantly non-PC writer-father and including two fractiously frustrated, unemployed siblings – an aspiring academic (Harry Treadaway) and a wannabe opera-singer (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

Comeback queen Elizabeth Llewellyn is on key

Last year the British Black Classical Foundation launched its first Voice of Black Opera competition. Winning this wasn't the reason why Elizabeth Llewellyn is now making her debut as Mimì in Jonathan Miller's production of La Bohème, but it certainly bolstered this articulate young soprano's reputation as a force to reckon with.

Dame Joan Sutherland: Soprano known as 'La Stupenda'

Joan Sutherland's career was so solid and durable – and those are miserable words for a thing of such brilliance – that it might seem perverse to fix on one night of it. But 17 February 1959 was the date, and the occasion, a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the stuff that legends are made of. "Yes, yes," people say as if to wave away the subject, quieten the old opera-bore, soothe a child who tells of improbable adventures which you know the real world lacks resources to supply, But no: that night was one of the great events of a lifetime, and the voice of wonder is not so easily silenced.

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Album: Rossini, Colbran, the Muse (Virgin Classics)

Joyce Di Donato's Colbran, the Muse follows much the same recital-as-biography format as Cecilia Bartoli's Maria Malibran disc,though the arias are exclusively by Rossini and the orchestra is exclusively modern instruments.There are some gems here– a touching reading of Desdemona's prayer, "Dehcalma, o ciel, nel sonno" from Otello, and a cameo appearance from tenor Lawrence Brownlee –but Di Donato's sweet, sincere voice is pushed too hard in the furious finale of Armida and Edoardo Müller's conducting is bland.

Isles of light: Croatia's Dalmatian coast

Setting a course around Croatia's lesser-known islands, John Walsh makes a voyage of discovery – encountering beautiful surroundings, sheer luxury and overassertive locals

Break a leg... Unfortunately the leading lady did, but the show went

They say it is not over until the fat lady sings – now it turns out that it is not even over when the diva breaks a leg. There cannot be a professional performer treading the boards with a better story about how they stuck to the rule that the show must go on than self-styled 'Yankee diva' Joyce DiDonato, who will be appearing on stage tonight at the Royal Opera House in a new production of Rossini's opera Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).

The divo leaves the stage

José Carreras has announced his retirement from opera. It marks the end of a glorious career as one of the greatest tenors of our age