Helen McCrory as Medea
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Medea, National Theatre (Olivier), London

Helen McCrory’s Medea conjures up a spirit of savage hopelessness

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Maria Ylipää in ‘Kullervo’
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Kullervo, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

A Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played

Zak Resnick and Derrick Baskin in 'Piece of my Heart'
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Piece of My Heart, Signature Center, New York

A musical about songwriter Bert Berns offers scattered pleasures

Valery Gergiev conducts the World Orchestra for Peace at the Proms
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World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was attacked with unremitting brutality

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble), Barbican, London

An epic tribute to bandleader Sun Ra and Jamaican roots music

Staff Benda Bilili on stage at Larmer Tree festival
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Larmer Tree 2014, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire, UK

The big attraction was the resurrection of Staff Benda Bilili

Joshua McGuire and Jessie Buckley in 'Amadeus'
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Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

Rupert Everett and Joshua McGuire revel in the drama’s excesses

SOUTHWOLD, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Damon Albarn performs on stage at Latitude Festival 2014 at Henham Park Estate on July 19, 2014 in Southwold, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)
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Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK

Friday was dancing day, Saturday belonged to Hall & Oates

San Francisco Ballet in Liam Scarlett’s ‘Hummingbird’
©Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

The relentlessly creative company is presenting 18 short ballets

Angela Meade in 'Lucrezia Borgia'
©Gabe Palacio

Lucrezia Borgia/ Rigoletto, Caramoor Festival, Katona, New York

An intriguing pairing of bel canto operas