Ten of the best a from Bach to Britten
This year the full might of the classical music industry fell behind an unlikely trio of composers - Wagner, Verdi and Britten - and triggered an avalanche of tribute recordings and reissues.
English National Opera To Sing Out In Cinemas
The company partners with alternative cinema content provider Altive Media to screen performances, including Hector Berlioz's "Benvenuto Cellini," directed by Monty Python founder and filmmaker Terry Gilliam.
Away from the aria
The voice is ever-so-slightly guttural, in a sexy sort of way. The rolled r's trip off the tongue like everyday French.
London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Barbican, London
This journey through Berlioz's major orchestral works has had a rocky ride. Protests by gay rights campaigners against Valery Gergiev's longstanding support for President Putin , following similar demonstrations in New York, have greeted several concerts, though not this penultimate event in the series.