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L’Issipile, La nuova musica, classical review

Wigmore Hall, London

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

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'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

The King’s Consort, Wigmore Hall, London: classical review

To hear Robert King and his Consort presenting Bach’s Christmas music directly after hearing Stephen Layton and the OAE do the same is to realise what a wealth of approaches are now on offer. King’s forces were much smaller, but they more than made up for it through the gutsiness of their vocal sound and the exoticism of their instrumentation.

Classical review: Jason, English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera have a sure touch in choosing repertoire: their exhumations of neglected works are always successful. Thus it was with Francesco Cavalli’s Jason, in its day the most popular opera in Europe. Cavalli sang and played the organ under the tutelage of Monteverdi, and in Jason there are stretches when you could easily believe it was by his great master: the ritornelli, the ornamentation, the whole thrust of the music feels Monteverdian, until you are pulled up short by something which reminds you it’s not.

Lindtsrom as Turandot and Elliott as Altoum

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There’s nothing like kicking off a new season with an old favourite.

Showstopper: Pavarotti sings 'Nessun Dorma'

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Nessun Dorma's appeal extends far beyond opera, says Jessica Duchen

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Somewhere in the intersecting corridors of jazz, modernist composition, Scando-folk and early church music, there’s a small interior chamber that’s not quite silent, and this is what you’ll find there.

Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever

Angela Gheorghiu is  everyone’s idea of the  superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with electric stage presence, who also happens to be beautiful, full of star quality and something of a diva to boot.

Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, live on the Aldeburgh beach

Call it crazy, call it genius, but undaunted by the British weather, the Aldeburgh Festival is mounting one of its most ambitious projects ever: Benjamin Britten’s operatic masterpiece Peter Grimes, live on the Aldeburgh beach. The shore faces eastwards to the North Sea, the winds can bite and storms often re-sculpt the pebbly surface. It is sold out nonetheless. Staging this opera here is certainly appropriate: the action takes place in this small Suffolk fishing community and Britten’s music is filled with powerful evocations of its sea and sky.

PS4 or Xbox One: Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head at E3 - so which will you buy?

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Classical review: La donna del lago, Royal Opera house, London

Who could take the plot of La donna del lago seriously? Probably not even its first audience in Naples.

Debrief: Tom Randle’s Captain, left, and Leigh Melrose as the titular anti-hero in Wozzeck

Classical review: Wozzack, The Helmand years

ENO's new production of Berg's 1925 opera draws parallels with servicemen's lives in Afghanistan

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the cast of La Donna del Lago at the Royal Opera House

La Donna del Lago at the Royal Opera House: Starry cast all set to make waves

Gioachino Rossini's La Donna del Lago (“The Lady of the Lake”), which has just opened at the Royal Opera House, is an operatic rarity of the first order – hardly ever performed, according to its director, John Fulljames, because its leading roles are so demanding. “You have to have the right constellation of stars to pull it off,” he says. “That only happens once in a generation.”

Paperback review: Summer in February, By Jonathan Smith

Smith's novel has been republished 11 times since 1996, and has just been made into a film, with the former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens.

Album: Jonny Fritz, Dad Country (Loose)

Born in Montana, raised in Virginia and settled in Nashville (while looking for all the world like a Williamsburg take on country), on paper, there is something of the comedy cowboy about Fritz – formerly known as Jonny Corndawg.

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