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Antonio Pappano

LSO: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies world premiere - Barbican

The LSO and London Symphony Chorus premiere the Tenth Symphony from iconic British composer (and Master of the Queen’s Music) Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and legendary violinist Maxim Vengerov plays Britten’s supremely imaginative Violin Concerto.

Parsifal - Royal Opera House

A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Les Vêpres Siciliennes - Royal Opera House

The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance.

Sacred Verdi - Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia, Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi. Warner Classics marks this with a new recording by one of our most respected conductors, Antonio Pappano, and his orchestra in Rome, the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Classical review: Proms 10 and 11 - Jan Lisiecki makes his proms debut, and Ex Cathedra astonish with Stockhausen

The Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has come a long way in his first eighteen years, but he's kept his eye firmly on the ball.

Prom 12: Academy of Santa Cecilia/Pappano - review

The Verdi bicentenary is badly served at this year's Proms. Half a concert of overtures and arias in September, with the occasional snippet elsewhere, is all we get of his operas.

Prom 10: Academy of Santa Cecilia/Pappano - review

This year's Proms make a feature of piano concertos, with no less than 22 examples included during the season.

Simon Boccanegra - Royal Opera House

What is the personal price of political success? The question lies at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The opera is a sympathetic portrait of a man whose past catches up with him. While the 1857 premiere of Simon Boccanegra was not a succ

Britten: Songs - Ian Bostridge

This release is one of three recordings issued in 2013 by EMI & Virgin Classics in honour of Britten's 100th Birthday. Ian Bostridge the internationally acclaimed tenor whose "attention to the text always matches Britten's own scrupulous word setting", ha

Don Carlo - Royal Opera House

Politics and religion are dangerously entwined in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. Based on a 1787 play by Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlo was first performed at the Paris Opéra in 1867. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years.