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Monday 20 August 2018

Lisette Oropesa in 'Adina' at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Photo © 2018 Amati Bacciardi  Andy von Oppenkowski  Pretty Yende and Juan Diego Flórez in 'Ricciardo e Zoriade' at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Photo © 2018 Amati Bacciardi  Hanna Schwarz and Brandon Jovanovich in Tchaikovsky's 'Pique Dame' at the Salzburg Summer Festival. Photo © 2018 Ruth Walz  Michael Haynes  Musiques et Chants - the Bloomsbury Singers conducted by John Poole in Bellac, France - Friday 24 August 2018  Lyell Cresswell: Music for String Quartet. © 2018 Delphian Records Ltd

                

 

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* Ensemble. Sparkling Wine and Wedding Cake - Rossini's 'Adina' in Pesaro, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

* Anniversaries: Mario Bernardi; Wilhelm Killmayer; Robert Anderson; Richard Angas; Fredell Lack; Daniela Dessì; Jacopo Peri; Tomás Luis de Victoria

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Rossini Opera Festival (11-23 August); Pesaro, IT; Tanglewood - Bernstein Centennial Summer (21 June-26 August); Massachusetts, US; Lucerne Summer Festival (17 August-16 September); Lucerne, CH; Festival Puccini (14 July-25 August); Torre del Lago, IT; Glimmerglass Festival (7 July-25 August); Cooperstown, New York, US; Santa Fe Opera (29 July-25 August); New Mexico, US; La Mariette String Masterclasses (12 July-1 September); Parcay-sur-Vienne, FR; Henry Wood (BBC) Promenade Concerts (13 July-8 September); London, UK; Bayreuth Festival (25 July-29 August); Bayreuth, DE; Dartington International Summer School and Festival (28 July-25 August); Devon, UK; Glyndebourne (19 May-26 August); East Sussex, UK; Edinburgh International Festival (3-27 August); Edinburgh, UK; Helsinki Festival (17 August-2 September); Helsinki, FI; Bregenz Festival (18 July-19 August); Vorarlberg, AT; Salzburg Summer Festival (20 July-30 August); Salzburg, AT; Dubrovnik Summer Festival (10 July-25 August); Dubrovnik, HR; Chopin and his Europe (9-31 August); Warsaw, PL

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In At The Deep End - Michael Haynes' organ recital at Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

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