opera composer Jennifer Walshe in boxing gear
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Jennifer Walshe: music that packs a punch

The Irish-born opera composer talks about scores, apps and boxing

Christian Gerhaher, right, in 'L'Orfeo'
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L’Orfeo, Prinzregententheater, Munich

German baritone Christian Gerhaher was born to play the title role

Ellie Dehn, right, with Ann Chiaverini in ‘Euryanthe’
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Euryanthe, Bard SummerScape, Richard B. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York – review

The first US staging of Weber’s opera in a century

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

An all-Mozart programme was dominated by pianist Richard Goode

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

A first visit from a Turkish orchestra, and late-night Rameau

Larry Bartley
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Larry Bartley, Cockpit Theatre, London

Bass player Bartley stepped into the spotlight with his new band

Picture of Dorian Gray at Aspen Music Festival
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The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado

Finding music to match Wilde’s wit proves a challenge

Womad, Charlton Park, UK

This year’s festival boasted an exceptionally strong line-up

Proms with Roger Norrington
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BBC Proms: St John Passion, Royal Albert Hall, London

Roger Norrington’s reading was urgent, not to say rushed

Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera Holland Park, London – review

A lively production of Cilea’s slice of romantic hokum from 1902

Baalbeck festival, Lebanon

The region’s oldest arts festival returns to its Roman site – in a Hizbollah stronghold near the Syrian border

John Tavener & Pet Shop Boys, Albert Hall, London

The sense of anticipation was strong but this much-hyped event came as a shock to the system

Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald, Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria – review

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland

A remote lakeside town hosts a remarkable event

Kullervo, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

A Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played

World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was attacked with unremitting brutality

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble), Barbican, London

An epic tribute to bandleader Sun Ra and Jamaican roots music

Larmer Tree 2014, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire, UK

The big attraction was the resurrection of Staff Benda Bilili

Lucrezia Borgia/ Rigoletto, Caramoor Festival, Katona, New York

An intriguing pairing of bel canto operas

Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK

Friday was dancing day, Saturday belonged to Hall & Oates