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Performer: Sally Matthews

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How to stage magic: Glyndebourne's Rusalka

Sally Matthews (Rusalka) © Tristram Kenton
A welcome return to the Glyndebourne Festival for Melly Still's staging, which brings out the full emotional range of Dvořák’s fairytale of denial, heartbreak and forgiveness.
****1
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Bohemian Rhapsody: Haitink rocks 90 with the LSO

Bernard Haitink © Mark Allan | Barbican
A wonderful evening of unforced, smiling music-making from Bernard Haitink, Isabelle Faust and the London Symphony Orchestra. 
*****
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Flying Dutchman: Haitink conducts soaring Beethoven in Munich

Bernard Haitink conducts the BRSO © Peter Meisel
Bernard Haitink celebrated an early 90th birthday conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a searching, joyous account of Beethoven's “Choral” Symphony.
*****
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The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
Mark-Anthony Turnage's First World War opera both moves and dazzles at the Barbican.
*****
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War Requiem floods Westminster Cathedral with compassion

Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges | Sony Classical
It was especially effective to hear the line “One ever hangs where shelled roads part” with the vast hanging crucifix with its portrait of Christ dominating the scene behind.
****1
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