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La Traviata review – 'A soprano of matchless intelligence'

Diana Damrau, as Violetta in this revival of the Richard Eyre staging, is breathtakingly controlled in her singing and dramatically outstanding.

Eifman Ballet: Rodin review 'visceral and extreme but cliched'

Rodin has been having a dance moment, with Russell Maliphant's 2012 Rodin Project all but coinciding with Boris Eifman's ballet Rodin.

Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio five-star review 'Wonderfully authoritative'

Over the past four decades, the Arditti Quartet have collaborated with almost all the great composers of our time, many of whom, from Elliott Carter to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi to Harrison Birtwistle, have written pieces specifically for the

Russell Howard review 'beige comedy with nothing to say'

At one point in this show, Russell Howard – in one of his many comedy voices – upbraids himself for meandering off-script: "This is big-room stuff," he urges himself, "and you've got to keep that shit rolling."

The Roaring Girl review 'Spirited start to the RSC's heroines season'

The RSC has had the bright idea of giving the new Swan season thematic unity by choosing four plays with strong female protagonists.

Paul Weller: 'Most people dislike me anyway it can only get better'

As the former Jam frontman announces the release of More Modern Classics – a collection taken from the last 15 years of his solo work – we revisit a 1993 Q magazine article taken from Rock's Backpages, to find the Modfather on vitriolic form .

The Empire of Necessity: The Untold History of a Slave Rebellion in the Age of Liberty

Michael Moorcock on a tale of revolt on board a slave ship that explores the interdependency of liberty and slavery in the US.

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus review Original and powerful short stories

Ben Marcus is one of the most stunningly original and profoundly unsettling writers of his generation.

The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD, and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought review

David Adam's punchy explanation of the mental torment of OCD is well-intentioned, but lacks subtlety.

Chris Marker: resistance fighter, escape artist, film-maker

The mercurial French film-maker documented the political and creative upheavals of the 20th century in sci-fi films, books and comics, influencing everyone from director Terry Gilliam to Christo.