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

The Life of a Song

The Life of a Song: ‘Summertime’
Premiered 80 years ago in George Gershwin’s folk opera ‘Porgy and Bess’, ‘Summertime’ went on to become possibly the most recorded song of all time
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, 1963 ©Getty
The tune thought of as one of Bob Dylan’s earliest dates back to long before his birth, perhaps to Victorian England
Lily Sacofsky, left, and Amanda Drew in 'Three Days in the Country'
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Three Days in the Country, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London

Patrick Marber’s Turgenev adaptation is a masterly piece of work

James Lecesne in 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey'
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The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Westside Theatre, New York

James Lecesne shines in this one-man show about a missing teenager

Louis Langrée conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
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Mostly Mozart Festival Opening, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

Louis Langrée conducted a concert featuring two stellar soloists

Laura Pitt-Pulford, centre, as Milly
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

A production that plays up the musical’s comedy and warmth

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

Italo Montemezzi’s opera is performed with irresistible intensity

Pete Shenton, centre, in 'Hercules: A Dance Cabaret for All Ages'

Hercules: A Dance Cabaret for All Ages, Peacock Theatre, London

A comic, family-friendly retelling of the ancient Greek tale

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

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

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