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Biting the hand that feeds: Madame X at Grimeborn

Tim Benjamin's new opera is full of good ideas: too full, of too many of them, with a lacklustre and tired plot that doesn't deliver what it promises, despite a gifted and committed cast who resolutely try their best.

Bachtrack | Charlotte Valori

Beethoven: Prometheus, review: 'refined'

George Petrou has full measure of the music's dramatic qualities, says Geoffrey Norris.

Geoffrey Norris | The Telegraph

Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco, review: 'solid'

Soprano Anna Netrebko radiates star quality in this performance of Giovanna d'Arco, says Rupert Christiansen.

Rupert Christiansen | The Telegraph

Prom 58: Salome, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Runnicles

So here’s where I join the ranks of Old Opera Bores by declaring this Salome, Nina Stemme, the best I’ve seen since Hildegard Behrens in 1978, and this Salome as in Richard Strauss’s Wilde opera from Donald Runnicles and his Deutsche Oper Berlin...

David Nice | The Artsdesk

Prom 59: Elektra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bychkov

How much familial dysfunction and lust - whether for sexual gratification or revenge - can one take in a single weekend? Salome and Elektra back-to back may on paper seem like a feast of divine decadence but no sooner had one become accustomed to the...

Edward Seckerson | The Artsdesk

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...

Steven Isserlis | The Guardian

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 review remorselessly technical

Pierre-Laurent Aimard(Deutsche Grammophon)Pierre-Laurent Aimard's first recording for Deutsche Grammophon six years ago was Bach's Art of Fugue. It was a disappointingly ordinary performance from a pianist who is such a dazzling interpreter of 20th-...

Andrew Clements | The Guardian

Salome, Deutsche Oper, BBC Prom 58, Royal Albert Hall, review: 'overwhelming'

Rupert Christiansen on a supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss's decadent masterpiece

Rupert Christiansen | The Telegraph

Small is not beautiful

Perhaps I should come clean straightaway and admit that, despite the fact that OperaUpClose is about to celebrate its fifth birthday, I’d never been to see one of its shows before last week. This has not been a conscious decision; maybe, though, I’d...

Hugo Shirley | The Spectator

Prom 57 review Daniel Harding's debut makes too much of Mahler

A rushed performance of Mahler's Second Symphony found neither Harding nor the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at their best"It is an enormous piece and it makes a lot of noise," is how conductor Daniel Harding, not without humour, describes Mahler's...

The Guardian | Tim Ashley