TAKE 5 CLASSIC EVENTS
THE SOLDIER'S TALE Saturday 29 July, 7pm and 9pm. Hayward Gallery, SE1 (0870 380 0400) The setting is the Hayward Gallery, the narrator Willard White, for these performances of Stravinsky's jazzy morality tale. The London Sinfonietta provide the virtuoso instrumentalists.
BORIS GODUNOV Tonight, tomorrow, 6.30pm; Saturday, noon and 6.30pm. Royal Opera House, WC2 (020 7304 4000) If colourful, stand-and-deliver opera appeals to you, they don't come with more grandeur than the Bolshoi's epic production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Big Russian voices in a traditional setting.
THE NOSE Tonight, tomorrow, 7.30pm.
Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, WC2 (020 7304 4000) Just in case you haven't had your fill of Russian opera, there's another chance to catch Shostakovich's satirical The Nose, based on a Gogol short story, this time from the excellent Opera Group, whose nine ensemble members take over 60 roles.
PROMS: BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tomorrow, 8pm. Royal Albert Hall, SW7 (020 7589 8212).
The German composer Detlev Glanert has orchestrated and expanded Brahms's Four Serious Songs by adding four preludes and a postlude of his own.
Brahms's St Anthony Variations and Strauss's grandiloquent Heldenleben PROMS: THE VOICE Royal Albert Hall, SW7 (020 7589 8212).
Saturday 29 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Two-part celebration of the human voice, featuring a new work by Caryl Churchill on the threat posed by climate change. Youth and adult choirs from across the UK join forces for two programmes also taking in Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber and Prokofiev (Alexander Nevsky). …