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Classical & Opera

Anna Nicole review an abject story told indecently well

Royal Opera House, LondonUncompromising production and an excellent cast bring the right balance of pathos, intelligence and vulgarity to this real-life operaMark-Anthony Turnages Anna Nicole, making a comeback to the ROH (its premiere was in 2011), is op

Prom 65: Paloma Faith review endearingly camp retro-soul pastiche

Royal Albert Hall, LondonMotown beats and soul mannerisms mark Faith's entertaining Proms debutPaloma Faith seems to have become an omnipresent showbiz star a kooky and charming presence on TV chat shows, Radio 2 and the tabloids without ever setting th

Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rattle review a high point of the Proms season

Royal Albert Hall, LondonSimon Rattle and the BPO give an orchestral masterclass with finely tuned Rachmaninov and dazzlingly vivid StravinskyA high point of the Proms season has come, once again, courtesy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The first o

BBC Prom 66, St Matthew Passion, review: 'verging on ludicrous'

This tasteless spectacle was best appreciated with the eyes closed, says Rupert Christiansen

Proms 58 & 59 shattering, gut-wrenching Strauss

Royal Albert Hall, LondonSopranos Nina Stemme and Christine Goerke are outstanding as Salome and Elektra in two highlights of the musical yearEver one to split opinion, Richard Strauss is abused as vulgar, retrograde and opportunistic, or praised as radic

Captivating Mahler from Alsop and the BBC SO

Alsop leads the BBC SO in vivid and colourful performances of John Adams, concluding with stunning Mahler.

Prom 62: Stuttgart RSO/Norrington review revelatory Beethoven, self-regarding Dvoák

Beethoven's Eighth Symphony revealed Norrington at his most persuasive, but the theatrics in Dvoák's Ninth were jarringOver the years, one learns to take Roger Norrington's rethinkings of the symphonic repertoire on a case-by-case basis rather than accep

Prom 60: RPO/Dutoit review aplomb and bags of panache

Royal Albert Hall, LondonIt was hard to imagine Respighi's Roman trilogy done betterCharles Dutoit, principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has long been an advocate of Respighi's so-called Roman trilogy, his sequence of symphonic poems c

Prom 59: Strauss's Elektra review a highlight of the season

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe BBCSO was on vibrant form under Semyon Bychkov, while the five main principals struck sparks off one anotherSalome one day, Elektra the next: the Proms' Strauss weekend was a heady pairing that will go down as a highlight of t

Rhuna Martin obituary

Rhuna Martin, who has died aged 82, had a brief performing career in her own right, but it was as a cello teacher that she was to make her reputation, particularly working with children. She had a gift for making her students fall in love with the cello,