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Ron Howard: ‘Pavarotti would be working with Jay-Z today’

The veteran director talks to Al Horner about his new documentary about the great opera singer, criticism of his ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, and being cautiously open to making another Star Wars film

Country house opera: Exploring the very essence of English art

With bucolic surroundings – including the occasional sheep – this mode of music is like no other. David Lister explores why Puccini goes so well with Pimm’s and picnics

Vanessa, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, review: 'Winningly performed'

Barber's 1958 opera once seemed outdated, but it has recently enjoyed a number of major revivals including this first full-scale professional staging in the UK

Tete A Tete festival: Mary’s Hand, review: 'A modest gem of a show'

Outstanding take on the life of Mary I of England from an annual opera festival that bets heavily on new talent

Calixto Bieito on what inspired his take on 'The Force of Destiny'

Bieito has been likened to radical film directors such as Quentin Tarantino or Pedro Almodovar

Salome, review: Direction allows cast's superb voices to be the focus

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra proved that Strauss's opera can make more sense in concert-hall than opera house

Placido Domingo thanks fans for support while in hospital with

The tenor thanked well-wishers for the flood of supportive messages

Antarctic polar station up for global architecture award

A dismantlable research station created in the icy wastes for the British Antarctic Survey has been shortlisted for a global architecture award.