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Glyndebourne's season opener features an outstanding singing performance by baritone Igor Golovatenko, leading a strong vocal cast. However, staging and orchestral performance leave much to be desired.
Joshua Bell and other musical heavyweights fail to impress in an evening of Czech chamber works well-known and otherwise.
The evening clearly belonged to Stephen Gould’s Siegfried and Sir Simon Rattle and Vienna Orchestra.
Conductor Bernhard Haitink recently tackled the great “kaleidoscope” of Mahler’s Seventh symphony to the delight of a Zurich audience.
Calixto Bieito updates the Carmen to the final years of Franco’s dictatorship and in Joan Anton Rechi’s revival, the results are often gritty and fierce, if unlikely to do anything for the Spanish tourist trade.
A traditional programme of overture, concerto and symphony delivered classically, with a soloist on radiant form.
A Slovak opera import brings brilliant music weighed down by dreary staging to the Prague Spring Festival.
In a somewhat long-overdue debut at the Concertgebouw, bel canto royalty Juan Diego Flórez and rising star Pretty Yende wowed the Amsterdam public with a generous programme of bel canto music.
Spirited and nuanced string playing from the Australian Chamber Orchestra with guest violinist Stefan Jackiw and bassist Maxime Bibeau in a program that began and ended with Mendelssohn.
The Singverein and Akademieorchester were joined by Swedish soprano Malin Hartelius and Florian Boesch for Brahms' German Requiem.
Inspired by the work of Hieronymus Bosch, Claire Cunningham holds nothing back in baring her soul and her body, in this solo full of honesty and emotion.
American Ballet Theatre revives Lar Lubovitch's 1997 Othello with Marcelo Gomes, Julie Kent, James Whiteside, and Stella Abrera in the lead roles. Unfortunately, the formidable dancing and acting could not survive the calamitous score.
A monumental recital of passionate classics from some members of classical music's royalty, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
ABT has always been a place where stars shine brightest and this night had a whole constellation of them.
Such careful conveyance from both performers and composer fostered the sort of “deep listening” Pauline Oliveros has encouraged throughout her decades-long career.
Any revival of La traviata stands or falls by its principals and their ability to inhabit the roles rather than merely sing them prettily. A good revival director helps.
The second opera of the Ring Cycle in Vienna brought the best out of the orchestra and singers with a sweeping and breath taking reading of the score by Sir Simon Rattle.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Mario Venzago presented a concert of familiar fare that were treated to exemplary performances.
Scottish Opera's Il trovatore has a uniformly strong cast and shorus who sing finely, conducted by Tobias Ringwood producing spectacular sounds from the orchestra. A wonderful end to the season.
It has been a good year for the revival of the music of French Baroque composer Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.
With Götterdämmerung the Linz Ring came to a controversial conclusion with a graphic depiction of Siegfried violently raping a defenceless Brünnhilde, and Hagen entertaining his father Alberich, and his mother.
It’s probably best not to think too hard about the philosophical messages behind Parsifal, but Nelsons and the CBSO provide an emphatic reminder of how transcendent Wagner's music can be.
Yuri Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic bring bracing versions of Shostakovich to Prague Spring.
Ashkenazy, The Philharmonia and Daniil Trifonov on top form in Sibelius and Rachmaninov at the Royal Festival Hall
A recreation of the choral sound Vivaldi may have experienced at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice doesn't quite come off.
Yo-Yo Ma joined forces with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an afternoon of French chamber music
Vienna Staatsoper revived Wagner's Ring Cycle with a splendid orchestral performance of Das Rheingold led by Sir Simon Rattle.
A musically convincing production of Niccolò Jommelli's L'isola disabitata, but with too many pretentious stage ideas.
Piano duo Antoine Françoise and Robin Green perform a challenging, innovative and entertaining lunchtime recital.
An all-Dutch Verdi Requiem with soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek makes a heartfelt case for music as an antidote to war.
It was during this second half of the concert that concert-goers were rewarded with Mr Kissin’s inimitable technique, a full range in sounds filling the hall, and of course that element of uexpectedness that draws such large crowds year after year.
Richard Ayres's Peter Pan, in a new WNO production, leaves J.M. Barrie's story dangling.
Seattle Opera closes its season with an Ariadne auf Naxos that highlights the comedy but only fitfully comes to life in the opera within the opera.
A delightfully entertaining and amusing production of Lehár's classic operetta The Merry Widow
Silent Night by Kevin Puts closes L'Opéra de Montréal's 2014-2015 season and is notable for revealing a formidable all-Canadian cast of principals.
A fascinating recital from Hélène Grimaud at the Barbican balanced a first half sequence exploring works with an aquatic theme against some monumental Brahms.
Boston Ballet ends its 2014-2015 season with Thrill of Contact, a truly thrilling program of four works that showcase a wide spectrum of styles.
Two classic scores by Berlioz and a musical memorial to Bliss’ brother made a deep impression.
Nikolay Khozyainov charms in a jolly rendition of Mozart's K467 while Gerhard Markson and NSO give a profound rendition of Mahler's Ninth Symphony.
Driven by a folky score, and on a stunning set, the Glasgow Conservatoire students had bags of fun with this Merry Wives tale, positively bursting with energy.
With a witty and adventurous program and dazzling performances of each song, Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones did not disappoint.
Leonidas Kavakos conducts Mussorgsky and touching Sibelius with the National Symphony.
Dancers tip-toed in stately procession, while alternately molding into aggressive gnarled warriors, images familiar from amphorae; they presage a clash of forces of destruction, the unfolding of a love story, and a sorcerer’s ravenous desire for control.
Schoenberg's extraordinary orchestration of Brahms' G minor Piano Quartet completes a satisfying Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert under the baton of Matthias Pintscher.
At the Estonian National Opera, Vilppu Kiljunen's staging of Hindemith's crime opera Cardillac is wonderfully eerie. Unfortunately, conductor Vello Pähn's reading of the score doesn't do it justice.
Making his operatic debut at Prague's National Theatre, director Daniel Špinar recasts Janáček’s From the House of the Dead as a schizophrenic prison comedy.
Kirill Gerstein's artistic personality often failed to shine through at the pianist's Wigmore Hall recital
In a program inspired by Italy, Roberto Abbado and Sergej Krylov join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in powerhouse performances that featured some dazzling solo violin playing.
English National Ballet returns to Singapore after a 46 years absence with a breathtaking Alina Cojocaru as Medora.
Wonderful costumes, sublime comic timing, beautiful playing and world class singing. A 5* production of La Cenerentola at the Gothneburg Opera.