Xian Zhang conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Qigang Chen’s hushed work contained echoes of Debussy and Ravel

Daniil Trifonov performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the BBC Proms
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Prokofiev Piano Concertos, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

A daunting programme turned out to be something of a triumph

Louis Langrée conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
©Matt Dine

Mostly Mozart Festival Opening, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

Louis Langrée conducted a concert featuring two stellar soloists

Kuhmo Festival singers, from left, Tuomas Katajala, Jussi Myllys, Jakko Kortekangas and Timo Riihonen
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland

Record numbers attended this remote and eccentric festival

Opera Holland Park's 'L’amore dei tre re'
©Robert Workman

L’amore dei tre re, Opera Holland Park, London

Italo Montemezzi’s opera is performed with irresistible intensity

Harry Partch's 'Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion' at Lincoln Center Festival on July 21 2015. Credit: ©Stephanie Berger.
©Stephanie Berger

Partch: Delusion of the Fury, Lincoln Center Festival, New York

The composer’s bizarre, complex work was an assault on the senses

Georg Zeppenfeld (left) and Stephen Gould in 'Tristan und Isolde' at Bayreuth Festival. Credit: Enrico Nawrath
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Tristan und Isolde, Festspielhaus, Bayreuth

Katharina Wagner’s production is unsentimental and finely cast

Emma McNairy plays the title role in West Edge Opera's 'Lulu' in Oakland, California. Credit: Lucille Lawrence
©Lucille Lawrence

Lulu, 16th Street Railway Station, Oakland, California

A gripping performance of Berg’s opera in a brooding venue

Womad Festival, Charlton Park, Wiltshire, UK

Bands played through the downpours with energy and a touch of magic

Benjamin Hulett, centre, in 'Saul'
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Saul, Glyndebourne, Sussex, UK

Handel’s work becomes a riveting account of mental breakdown

Theatre and poetry at Latitude Festival

Artists explored personal, political and social contracts

The Life of a Song: ‘Summertime’

On any portmanteau re-recording of Gershwin’s songs, this tune is the prize

Rosanne Cash, Union Chapel, London

A compelling performance from the daughter of Johnny Cash

Irakere, Ronnie Scott’s, London — review

Chucho Valdés and Irakere’s music was soaked in rhythmic intricacy

Candide, Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York — review

A sprightly new production of Bernstein’s musical

Cato in Utica, Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York — review

Vivaldi’s late opera was well directed but missed an opportunity

50 Cent, O2 Arena, London — review

The old-fashioned rap show lacked variety

Sly and Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer, Barbican, London — review

The drum-and-bass duo and Scandinavian trio gelled easily

iSING!/Music in the Summer Air, Shanghai

A ping pong concerto topped off a varied series

Operalia, Royal Opera House, London

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen stole the show

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