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From left, Corinne Winters, Sabina Puértolas and Angela Angela Brower in 'Così fan tutte' at the Royal Opera House, London
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Così fan tutte, Royal Opera House, London — review

A clever but emotionally unengaging production of Mozart’s opera

Composer John Adams photographed in 2015
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John Adams on how to conduct yourself

The American composer and conductor pushes artistic boundaries with a social message

Ed Harcourt on stage
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Ed Harcourt, Village Underground, London — review

The singer’s set drew heavily on new songs, full of apocalyptic imagery and fallen characters

Björk, Royal Albert Hall, London

The singer negotiated her way through the music with aplomb

'Earth Diver', a multimedia performance presented by the Ruhrtriennale
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Earth Diver, Ruhrtriennale, Essen — ‘Breathtaking power’

An all-enveloping meditation staged in an abandoned salt store

Daniel Barenboim
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The Dream of Gerontius, Philharmonie Berlin — ‘Apocalyptic’

Daniel Barenboim conducted a transcendental Elgar

Eisenstein’s film 'Ivan the Terrible'

Ivan the Terrible, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikfest Berlin

Eisenstein’s masterpiece set to a live orchestral accompaniment

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Verdi Requiem
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Verdi’s Requiem, Barbican, London

The performance raced between emotional extremes with microscopic focus

The Life of a Song: ‘Rasputin’

Boney M’s tribute to ‘Russia’s greatest love machine’ caused a stir on the dance floor and behind the iron curtain

Miah Persson in The Turn of the Screw, La Scala

The Turn of the Screw, La Scala, Milan

A predominantly British cast brings Britten’s opera to Milan

Mercury prize puts grime in the mainstream

Despite occasional crossover success, scene is anti-establishment

Gary Numan, The Foundry, Sheffield

The synth pioneer showed an undimmed passion for old material

Dream of the Red Chamber, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco — review

An opera that ravishes the eye and seduces the ear

Norma, Royal Opera House, London — review

Sonya Yoncheva’s singing illuminates Bellini’s opera

Billy Joel, Wembley Stadium, London — review

The singer made this outsize stadium seem like a piano bar

Last Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

A light-hearted and enjoyable conclusion to the season

The Life of a Song: ‘Born in the USA’

Bruce Springsteen’s soaring ballad resonates among politicians and progressives alike

Petite Meller, ICA, London — ‘A vision of kitsch’

The French singer’s show was raw and muddled

Aleko/Pagliacci, New York City Opera, New York — review

A curious double bill from the nomadic opera company

Berliner Philharmoniker, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

Two Proms that were the epitome of what it means to be a team

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