Diana Damrau as Violetta and Francesco Demuro as Alfredo. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

La traviata, Royal Opera House, London

Diana Damrau delivered drama with truly unbuttoned force

Mark Padmore and Camilla Tilling

Johannes-Passion, Easter Festival, Baden-Baden, Germany

Peter Sellars tells the Passion story as a narrative for every age

Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut, Easter Festival, Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany

Richard Eyre’s production is a feeble staging of a bad opera

The BBC Singers
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CPE Bach’s St John Passion, Cadogan Hall, London

A moving performance of a long-lost piece

We’re looking for a piano

‘The musical instrument has come to be seen as bourgeois and genteel, at home in a million polite parlours’

Michael Slattery as the Madwoman in ‘Curlew River’

France’s festival of Britten

The composer’s music resonates far and wide in Lyon

Elbow's Guy Garvey on stage at the O2 Arena, London
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Elbow, O2 Arena, London

There were warning signs amid the band’s customary excellence

Markus Werba
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Markus Werba and Gary Matthewman, Wigmore Hall, London

The baritone was fluent, but the pianist was a scene-stealer

Allen Toussaint
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Allen Toussaint, Ronnie Scott’s, London

An entertaining tour through a half-century of songcraft

David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, London

Another satisfying chapter in a transatlantic musical exchange

Arabella, Salzburg Easter Festival

Richard Strauss’s opera is a disappointing offering

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

The long-awaited successor to Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 is unveiled

Charles Tolliver & Music Inc, Ronnie Scott’s, London

The trumpeter’s angular lines and muted balladry were highlights

LSO/Valery Gergiev, Barbican, London

Outside, campaigners protested; inside, the music was impressive

‘I’m trying not to be rude’

Director Graham Vick talks about morality, money and opera

Salif Keita, Barbican, London

The Malian singer and his band were on top form

Ásgeir, Union Chapel, London

A diffident performance from the Icelandic singer and songwriter

The Spring Quartet, Barbican, London

Dense textures and intriguing detail from the jazz supergroup

Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, St Joseph’s Chapel, Hong Kong

An ambitious dialogue between cultures and artforms

Colin Currie, Wigmore Hall, London

A young audience was energised by the percussionist’s virtuosity