Mark Knopfler live at Albert Hall
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Mark Knopfler, O2 Arena, London — review

The quiet, reflective tone was ill-suited to the arena setting

LA BOHEME_The Royal Opera; MIMI ; ANNA NETREBKO, RODOLFO; JOSEPH CALLEJA, MARCELLO; LUCAS MEACHEM, MUSETTA; JENNIFER ROWLEY, SCHAUNARD; SIMONE DEL SAVIO , COLLINE; MARCO VINCO , BENOIT; JEREMY WHITE, ALCINDORO; RYLAND DAVIES, PARPIGNOL; LUKE PRICE,
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La bohème, Royal Opera House, London — review

The 40-year-old production has a starry cast for its farewell run

Sonos Play 1 for Business Life

Sonos chief rings alarm on preferred stock

Tech veteran warns against hurting early investors

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Paul McCartney, O2 Arena, London — review

Lacking energy and overlong but lifted by a surprise appearance

Carmen - Bizet - Glyndebourne - 23 May 2015 Conductor - Jakub Hrusa Director - David McVicar Revival Director - Marie Lambert Set Designer - Michael Vale Costume Designer - Sue Blane Choreographer - Andrew George Revival Choreographer - Emily Piercy Lighting Designer - Paule Constable Fight Director - Nicholas Hall Morales, a corporal - Gavan Ring Micaela, a peasant girl - Lucy Crowe Don Jose, a corporal - Pavel Cernoch Zuniga, a lieutenant - Simon Lim Carmen, a gypsy - Stephanie d’Oustrac Frasquita, a friend of Carmen’s - Eliana Pretorian Mercedes, a friend of Carmen - Rihab Chaieb Lillas Pastia, an innkeeper - Anthony Wise Escamillo, a toreador - David Soar Le Dancaire, a smuggler - Christophe Gay Le Remendado, a smuggler - Loic Felix Guide - Michael Wallace
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Carmen, Glyndebourne, Sussex, UK — review

Stéphanie d’Oustrac brings a wily intelligence to the title role

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Brandon Flowers performs at O2 Academy Brixton on May 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Brian Rasic/Redferns via Getty Images)

Brandon Flowers, Brixton Academy, London

The Killers singer played safe with 1980s-inflected arena anthems

Susanna Mälkki making her debut conducting the New York Philharmonic with Kirill Gerstein as soloist on piano performing at Avery Fisher Hall, 5/21/15. Photo by Chris Lee

New York Philharmonic/Mälkki, Avery Fisher Hall, New York — review

Susanna Mälkki made an imposing New York debut

Poliuto, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK — review

Donizetti’s rarely-seen opera comes across as gloomy and formulaic

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

The BFO still surprises audiences with dynamic interpretations and imaginative concert formats

‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’

The song was a gift for every easy-listening singer on the planet

Souad Massi’s homage to Arabic poetry

The singer talks about the inspiration she finds in the golden age of poet-scholars

Tanya Tagaq, Village Underground, London — review

A bracing, abrasive show from the Canadian Inuk throat singer

La traviata, Royal Opera House, London — review

The return of Richard Eyre’s handsome, trusty production

Agrippina, International Handel Festival, Göttingen, Germany — review

This staging of Handel’s salacious opera is constantly engaging

Le Roi Arthus, Paris Opera (Bastille) — review

A musical triumph is let down by Graham Vick’s staging

Electric Wizard, Roundhouse, London — review

The Dorset band channelled the brutal doom-rock of Black Sabbath

John Cage Tribute, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco — review

A celebration of the work of the master of musical provocation

London Festival of Baroque Music, St John’s, Smith Square, London — review

This year’s festival turns its attention to women composers

Eric Clapton, Royal Albert Hall, London

The reassuringly familiar show featured bursts of brilliance. Review by David Cheal

‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’

From Bach to the House of Lords

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