One of the many good things about Phelim McDermott and his Improbable theatre company is that when they come to the Coliseum they don’t seek the comfort of a house style.
Der Rosenkavalier is a rather irritating Viennese farce with a profound rumination on love threaded through it.
The Royal Philharmonic Society, one of the world’s oldest music societies, is expected to drop its long association with the Dorchester Hotel in protest at the Brunei owner’s anti-gay laws.
She is the Radio 3 breakfast presenter whose chatty style has won a new audience yet infuriated classical music purists. But Clemency Burton-Hill has defended her inclusive approach, telling the high culture “gatekeepers” that it’s time to come down from their ivory towers.
BBC Young Musicians 2014 is building up to its grand competition finale. It's a wonderful chance to hear some of the UK's most gifted young classical performers. But the contest is always controversial, and this year is no exception. The trouble is that making formula TV seems antithetical to the notion of making good music – and there is no doubt about which is taking priority.
It’s fourteen years since Roberto Alagna sang the doomed hero Cavaradossi at Covent Garden, and if his voice has lost some of its original lustre it still rings out with bright clarity as he proclaims his love from the top of his painter’s scaffold.
As summer approaches, prepare to put on the glad rags and raid the bank account. Glyndebourne, the most famous rural opera house in the UK, is ready to welcome ticket-holders to its sheep-surrounded home near Lewes, East Sussex, for its 2014 festival. Picnic in exquisitely landscaped grounds and enjoy a world-class performance: it's the ultimate summer night out – at quite a price.
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