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The British classical-music establishment is full of complacent cultural imperialism. Britain is now a very multi-ethnic society, but you'd never know that from its concert halls. There's an increasingly need for the other classical musics of the world to be given their proper place in UK concert programmes, says Michael Church
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Placido Domingo shows flashes of his former brilliance and proves that he's not quite ready to make his final bow
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Puccini declared it 'the best opera I've ever written', but history hasn't generally agreed. Grange Park's of La Fanciulla del West (originally directed by Stephen Medcalf, revived by Peter Relton) shows, despite its shortcomings, why he might have thought so.
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Negatives first. Michael Boyd's production of Tchaikovsky's flawlessly-constructed tragedy takes its cue from Kasper Holten's disastrous Covent Garden take, and pushes further in the wrong direction. Boyd's risen-again Lensky skips so obtrusively about the stage during Onegin's post-duel wanderings that the hero's grief is systematically upstaged, while the chorus is also systematically upstaged by dancers.
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Welsh National Opera's revival of their first ever production, conducted by the same Carlo Rizzi, was gloriously performed
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An intimate living room presentation of Poulenc's 1958 operatic monologue by the inaugural Cardiff Festival of Voice
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Never was private wealth better employed in the service of public culture
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To see and hear the Ring Cycle sung, played and performed at the extraordinary level reached by Opera North this summer is a very special musical experience indeed
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The second event in Esa–Pekka Salonen's Stravinsky series with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices was an exhilarating evening
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