Laura Pitt-Pulford, centre, as Milly
©Helen Maybanks

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

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

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
Kuhmo Festival singers, from left, Tuomas Katajala, Jussi Myllys, Jakko Kortekangas and Timo Riihonen
©Juuso Westerlund

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

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
©Enrico Nawrath

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.
©Stephanie Berger

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

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

Michelle Dorrance's 'The Blues Project' at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York. Credit: Darial Sneed
©Credit: Darial Sneed

The Blues Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York

A tap show that explores contemporary culture as well as history

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'
©Bill Cooper

Saul, Glyndebourne, Sussex, UK

Handel’s work becomes a riveting account of mental breakdown