All the best: La traviata

Maria Callas’s Violetta is still one of the moving opera recordings. But Verdi’s masterpiece is well served by other sopranos too

Norma, Grand Theatre, Leeds

This bold production of Bellini’s rarely-performed opera is an unlikely success, writes Andrew Clark

Active voice

Leading mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly is used to defying expectations, writes Andrew Clark

A secret garden

Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, the former home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in France, reveals its own stories of an enigmatic relationship

Gift of the gab

A DIY ethos has enabled singer Gabby Young to fashion a distinctive style