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After Calixto Bieito’s radical reimaging of Carmen, which opened at English National Opera this week, David McVicar’s version at Glyndebourne was bound to seem conservative. But...
No two symphonic swansongs could be more different that Sibelius’s heart-of-darkness Tapiola and Nielsen’s enigmatically joky Sixth Symphony. In its evasive yet organic jumpiness...
Carleen Anderson’s range of vocal scales and styles is matchless in contemporary pop. Where she aims those enviable resources is the only issue anyone could have with her, a...
Dresden is slowly opening up to the world. All but destroyed by British bombing in the Second World War, locked away inside Communist East Germany for 40 years, it is now becoming...
The Damned: Go! 45At the end of 1979, Britain’s first three 1976-born punk bands were in very different situations. The Sex Pistols had imploded in early 1978 and John Lydon,...
For many, Mark Knopfler will forever evoke a golden age of Eighties' soft rock. His headband might have been easy to mock but his blistering, finger-picking was undeniably...
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An adaptation that feels like a children's drama dressed up in adult clothes
Epic Danish drama about the human cost of nationalism
An ode to 'la chanson française' that proved a fascinating lesson in love
Honouring a jazz icon in sometimes challenging, sometimes thrilling style
The Americana roots phenomenon digs enjoyably into his Midwestern roots
Admirably succinct entry point into first five years of Brit-punk pioneers
Kaleidoscope of fascinating scores circa 1925 crowns superlative Nielsen anniversary series
The restored German honeypot looks beyond its musical borders
Baroque delights, controversial cantatas and contemporary dance music
Fresh revival with strong cast and dynamic conducting from Jakub Hrůša
Donizetti gets Glyndebourne's season off to a sober and psychological start
Broad brushstrokes and big voices in Calixto Bieito's pacey but half-cooked Bizet
Impostors and stolen identities explored in an installation inspired by the Commedia dell’Arte
The ceramic artist and author talks about pots, words and the burden of memory
Best known for her punk portraits, the American photographer introduces a gallery of images from a very different love letter to England
Brass band the highlight of new triple bill
Leaden score and ponderous choreography do an injustice to Bloomsbury author's name
Rambert Dance Company's inaugural Music Fellow discusses his new ballet score
Wonderfully funny evening with a comedian-ventriloquist at the top of her game
Playful show during which the comic builds his own set
Drag artist tells her charming and funny story