Robert Tear: Tenor celebrated for his interpretations of Handel,

Robert Tear's very successful operatic career lasted for over 40 years. Renowned for his Handel and Mozart, the Welsh tenor was also particularly admired for his roles in operas by Britten and several other 20th century composers. Though mainstream Italian opera figured rarely in his repertory, Russian and German works offered him many opportunities to display his vocal and dramatic skills.

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The Essential Skiing Guide: Austria

Austria is where the Alpine style of downhill skiing was first invented just over a century ago. It was the most popular destination for Britons through the 1970s and has been regaining ground against France for several years as its more traditional village resorts become popular once again.

Pepe ready for 'any role' to help Juve overcome injury crisis

Juventus will be hoping to end a run of three consecutive draws in Europa League Group A when they host Red Bull Salzburg tonight. The two sides drew 1-1 in Salzburg in the last round of matches and both teams need a victory to increase their chances of progressing to the next stage from a pool that also contains Manchester City.

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48 Hours In: Salzburg

It will always belong to Mozart and the Von Trapps, but now this lovely Alpine city, with its cobbles, carillons and bierkellers, is alive to the sound of new music, too.

Webb admits his mistake – allowing Poland's goal

In case he was in any doubt as to Poland's sentiments yesterday, the first question fired at Howard Webb came from a Polish reporter who asked the English referee what it felt like to be "public enemy No 1". Speaking for the first time about awarding Austria a last-minute penalty against Poland on Thursday, Webb said that he stood by his original decision and was not affected by death threats against him from, among others, the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk.

Ireland happy to break bank to land Trapattoni

Accepting a job to spend more time with your family is not always the greatest endorsement, but with Giovanni Trapattoni being unveiled as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland yesterday it undoubtedly amounted to an astonishing coup.