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Sam Smith

Rigoletto @ Royal Opera House, London

For the most part, the seventh revival of David McVicar’s 2001 production of Rigoletto delivers exactly what we might expect when a proven staging combines with a first rate cast.

Prom 44: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Davis @ Royal Albert Hall, London

There are, in crude terms at least, three approaches to Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

Prom 26: European Union Youth Orchestra/Petrenko @ Royal Albert Hall, London

If 4th August 2014 was, quite rightly, focused on the events of a hundred years ago, with the Proms providing its own highly moving commemoration, there was a sense in which the following night’s concert was taking the time to look to the future.

Prom 29: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda @ Royal Albert Hall, London

‘I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again’.

The Immortal Hour: Operatic Rarity In An Intimate Setting

Don’t worry if you have never even heard of an opera called The Immortal Hour. The truth is that not many people have.

Porgy and Bess @ Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

In many ways, Timothy Sheader’s production of Porgy and Bess for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is highly dynamic.

Norma @ Opera Holland Park, London

In Olivia Fuchs’ production of Norma for Opera Holland Park, the term “camp” takes on a new meaning.

Revelations Fly Thick And Fast In Daytona

Oliver Cotton’s Daytona, a play that premiered at the Park Theatre last year and has now transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, is a neat and intelligent affair.

Unlocking The Secrets Of The BBC Proms

Queuing can be all part of the fun at the BBC Proms © Sam Smith The BBC Proms, dubbed the world’s largest classical music festival, are an integral part of any summer in London. Beginning on 18 July they last for eight weeks and feature 76 concerts at

Broadway As You’ve Never Seen It Ripped Off Before!

Forbidden Broadway – the creation of Gerard Alessandrini that originally ran for 2,332 performances in New York — has a simple enough concept.