The record of ‘Walk on the Wild Side’

The Life of a Song: ‘Walk on the Wild Side’

The Lou Reed tune slipped past the censors and became a hit

The opera version from composer Will Todd
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The curious appeal of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Why is the classical world still in love with the 19th-century novel? Hannah Nepil listens to 13 new works by 13 contemporary composers

Deutsche Oper’s production of 'La Passion de Simone'. Photo: Ruth Walz
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La Passion de Simone, Tischlerei, Berlin

This staging of Kaija Saariaho’s opera lacks essential mysticism

Martyn Jacques and Laura Caldow. Photo: Tom Arber
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Lulu: A Murder Ballad, Linbury Studio Theatre, London — ‘Menacing’

A powerful, murky retelling of Lulu’s sorry tale

Metropolitan Opera's 'La bohème'. Photo: Marty Sohl
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La bohème, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Hyper-lavish, super-kitschy’

An over-pretty, overpopulated, musically uneven production

Simon Trpčeski

Simon Trpčeski, Barbican, London — ‘Elegance was a watchword’

The pianist played an all-Chopin programme with great sensitivity

Royal Swedish Opera's 'La bohème'. Photo: Emma Svensson
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La bohème, Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm — ‘A roaring success’

Puccini’s opera is given a Scandinavian setting and characters

Rachel Willis-Sørenson and James Rutherford. Photo: Cory Weaver
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco — ‘Brightly sung’

The singers in David McVicar’s staging were reassuringly excellent

Ron McCurdy performs 'The Langston Hughes Project' at the Barbican. Photo: Phil Bourne/Redferns
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London Jazz Festival, Various venues

Memorable improvisation from Keith Jarrett; plus, jazz poetry

Castor et Pollux, St John’s, Smith Square, London — ‘Colourful, vivid’

A subtle and expressive performance from the Early Opera Company

London Jazz Festival: from Billie Holiday to hip-hop

Vocalist José James, bassist Eddie Gomez, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings

Interview: Baaba Maal

The Senegalese singer visits a British Library exhibition of west African culture

The Life of a Song: ‘Like a Rolling Stone’

Bob Dylan’s tumbling, cascading 1965 hit was originally written as a vengeful stream of ‘vomit’

Adele, 25: album review — ‘Luxuriously engineered’

A slickly assembled, technically accomplished pop product

Biedermann and the Arsonists, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London — ‘It burns like acid’

Šimon Voseček brings chilling effects to his satirical opera

New Order, Brixton Academy, London — ‘Cathartic power’

The show came alive when the band explored their back catalogue

Carrie Brownstein — riot grrrl who turned to writing: interview

The musician, actor and author has penned a candid memoir

London Jazz Festival, various venues — ‘Moments of ecstasy’

Kamasi Washington’s Barbican gig was a hot ticket, while James Farm’s London debut was impressive

Tan Dun’s Water Passion, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York — ‘Chirpy-gurgly’

The venue was a poor choice for this odd, interesting work

Morgen und Abend, Royal Opera House, London — ‘Hypnotic’

Georg Friedrich Haas’s new work explores a realm beyond life