New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

‘Juan Diego Flórez’s voice has a pleasing immediacy. His tone is forward and highly focused. The delivery is stylish and musically true’

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