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Classical music & opera

  • ‘Festivals have to be slightly different and magical’
    Orkney’s St Magnus festival

  • Review
    Les Siècles – Raw, radical and revelatory as Roth’s period band thrills

    François-Xavier Roth led an exhilarating and illuminating programme that moved through 80 years of French music, from Berlioz to Boulanger
  • ‘I’ve never been so productive’
    The composer who wrote a concerto during 12 lots of chemo

    Adrian Sutton, the Olivier-winning composer who has incurable cancer, is in an extraordinary race against time – to mount a celebratory concert of his work. He details his battles over the past six months
  • Review
    BBC Cardiff Singer of the World – a surprise winner and unexpected vocal delights

  • Review
    LSO/Rattle – wistful and life-enhancing, a terrific farewell for the departing chief

  • I went home with two crystal trophies and a sonic screwdriver kit
    Jamie Barton on Cardiff Singer of the World

  • Lubaina Himid
    ‘I love opera because it’s the way I experience life’

  • Werther review – Kaufmann heads strong cast in stylishly sung and fabulously played revival

    • Ariadne auf Naxos review – austere staging makes room for the riches of Strauss

    • The week in classical: Dialogues des Carmélites; Tristan und Isolde; LSO/Rattle – review

    • Leeds Lieder festival review – from inner city to international, world-class music making

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  • Classical home listening: new releases from the Dudok Quartet and Choir of Merton College, Oxford

  • Schumann: Dichterliebe and Kerner Lieder review – as fine a recorded performance of Dichterliebe as any of recent years.

  • Webern: String Quartets; Bach: The Art of Fugue review – warm performances of enigmatic works

  • Classical home listening: more Eric Coates from John Wilson; Serse from Harry Bicket; and John Bridcut’s new film

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  • Feel the force
    The thrilling Icelandic soundscapes of Anna Thorvaldsdottir

  • Director Adele Thomas
    ‘In theatre, you need a private income just to live’

  • Obituary
    Christopher Nupen

  • ‘I was swallowing the piano whole’
    Stephen Hough on life as a prodigy – and playing for Jimmy Savile

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    Composer Iain Farrington on making music fit for a king – and what the cameras didn’t show

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  • Know the score
    Without Ethel Smyth and classical music's forgotten women, we only tell half the story

    Leah Broad
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  • A musical tour of Europe
    Stephen Moss's guide to the music of Europe's great cities: Berlin

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