'Bonfire of the Vanities'. Photo: Douglas Underdahl
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Bonfire of the Vanities, El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, New York

Tom Wolfe’s novel becomes a witty, melodically satisfying opera

James scoops prize with Bob Marley novel

Jamaican’s work focuses on 1976 shooting of singer

Piotr Beczala and Nadine Sierra in 'Lucia di Lammermoor'. Photo: Cory Weaver
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Lucia di Lammermoor, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco — review

The staging overflows with concepts but lacks a Lucia of substance

Aoife Miskelly, Robin Adams and Katherine Manley in 'The Last Hotel'. Photo: Patrick Redmond
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The Last Hotel, Linbury Studio Theatre, London — review

Musicians and singers do their best to bring this opera to life

Jah Wobble. Photo: Enzo Luckow
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Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart, The Railway, Winchester, UK — review

The bassist conducted a trawl through his repertoire

Daniil Trifonov

Philharmonia Orchestra/Daniil Trifonov, Royal Festival Hall, London

Pianist Daniil Trifonov had percussive power at his fingertips

Anna Tsybuleva wins last month in Leeds

Pianists and prizes: in black and white

International competitions remain popular — but do they produce future stars?

Julie Campbell, alias LoneLady
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LoneLady, Heaven, London

Julie Campbell’s set ended with punk, funk and disco coming together to catchy effect

New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin, Carnegie Hall, New York

The central attraction took the form of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1

Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter, c1935
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The Life of a Song: ‘Goodnight, Irene’

Of the versions of the tune that Huddie Ledbetter had adapted, Bryan Ferry’s is chillingly bleak

Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis and Julius Drake, Wigmore Hall, London

A programme of music flavoured with bleakness

Vasco da Gama, Deutsche Oper Berlin

A production of Meyerbeer’s opera littered with cheap clichés

Matana Roberts, Oslo, London — review

Roberts used mixed media to relay a history of the American south

Angela Hewitt, Royal Festival Hall, London

An adventurous programme included works by Bach and Beethoven

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Staatsoper Berlin, Schiller Theater

A protracted production, coarsely conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Magdalena Kožená and Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall, London

A concert that revealed contrasting sides of the mezzo-soprano

Wozzeck, Royal Festival Hall, London

Leigh Melrose holds his own in the title role of Berg’s masterpiece

Public Image Ltd, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

At 59, John Lydon still wields his voice as an instrument of outrage

Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Taipei

The season opened with an organ fantasia and a premiere from Huang Ruo

Pelléas et Mélisande, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London

Jonathan Berman expertly conducts Debussy’s enigmatic masterpiece