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

Jose James at Ronnie Scott's, November 2015
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London Jazz Festival: from Billie Holiday to hip-hop

Vocalist José James, bassist Eddie Gomez, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings

Baaba Maal
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Interview: Baaba Maal

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

Bob Dylan backstage at the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert in 1966

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. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty
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Adele, 25: album review — ‘Luxuriously engineered’

A slickly assembled, technically accomplished pop product

Leigh Melrose in 'Biedermann and the Arsonists'. Photo: Robbie Jack
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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's Bernard Sumner on stage at the Brixton Academy. Photo: Jim Dyson/Getty
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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

Philadelphia Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia — ‘Stirring’

A new work by the trumpeter known as Hannibal was premiered

John Grant, Hammersmith Apollo, London — ‘Bittersweet’

The singer’s wonderfully sonorous voice was a comforting force

Julia Holter, Islington Assembly Hall, London — ‘A beguiling performance’

A hushed audience found its attention rewarded with gorgeous music

The Life of a Song: ‘Rocket 88’

The 1951 hit is considered by many to be the first rock ‘n’ roll record

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Ticciati, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Evocative’

The orchestra conjured up different worlds and landscapes

Joanna Newsom, Hammersmith Apollo, London — ‘Flamboyance with a purpose’

The Californian’s harp-playing was note-perfect, her voice swooping

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