Classical music of royalty, soulful songs of the masses, pop culture that changed the world and much, much more.

Staatsoper Vienna's state opera is the premier venue in a city synonymous with classical music.

Teatro alla Scala Italian opera is soul-stirring in the crimson-and-gilt splendour of Milan's opera house.

Galway The Emerald Isle hums with traditional Irish-music pubs; Galway on the west coast has a cornucopia.

Alfama One of the most evocative settings for the melancholy, nostalgic songs of Portuguese fado.

Andalucía The heartland of passionate flamenco, Spain's best-loved musical tradition, capturing the spirit of the nation.