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The view of Jesus as the archetypal left wing radical, champion of the poor and dispossessed and scourge of the wealthy forms the foundation of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ oratorio The Gospel According To The Other Mary. A strong score and outstanding conductor and singers make for an impressive première.
Swedish soprano Miah Persson dominates the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s enterprising Romantic Lieder program conducted by Kent Nagano.
La baguette d’Evelino Pidò transforme l’Opéra de Lyon en sanctuaire du bel canto dans l’œuvre de Rossini.
Lars Vogt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra bring freshness to a programme of German classics.
Brett Dean's The Annunciation offers a Moderninst take on Christmas traditions. Curiosities from Respighi and Strauss complete an eccentric programme.
One’s upbringing to respect the elderly is challenged in a farcical, not so far-fetched family matter in Opera Australia’s Don Pasquale.
Mikhailovsky Ballet's mixed program at Lincoln Center had something for everyone: an old classic, a showpiece, and a contemporary Nacho Duato work.
There’s nothing like a trip to The Barber to refresh you. This season, the Metropolitan Opera revives Bartlett Sher’s 2006 production of Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales's afternoon concert series brings unusual works to light, but the small auditorium can make some of the heavier late-romantic orchestration overwhelming – to the point of being overpowering.
Whilst still a charming production, a touch more warmth and bel canto style are yet required to bring some authentic Italian sunshine to L'elisir d'amore in Bow Street this November.
Khovanshchina offers ample opportunity for massive, haunting and grandiose vocal display, beautifully realized by a remarkable cast led by Ain Anger, Elena Maximova and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet impresses in Gallic repertoire, but his Beethoven took longer to win our reviewer around.
In an innovative concert experience, John Adams curated a night of living composers to shine the spotlight on his favorite new works, answering the question: “Who’s on John Adams’ playlist?”
Sergej Krylov begeisterte als Solist mit Virtuosität im Violinkonzert, das Ural Philharmonic Orchestra unter Dmitri Liss bot eine emotionale Interpretation der sechsten Sinfonie mit viel russischer Seele.
Royal Academy Opera's thoroughly competent Suor Angelica precedes a fabulously entertaining Gianni Schicchi, with a top drawer performance from Haobin Wang in the title role.
The Emerson String Quartet played Haydn with poised humour, and brought warmth and strength to Ravel. Their Beethoven had sadness, rage, violence and profound depth.
RepertorioZero's account of Professor Bad Trip has the audience exploring new, unseen worlds.
Tchaïkovski et Rachmaninov sans réelles surprises - l’Orchestre philharmonique de Saint-Pétersbourg et Iouri Temirkanov à l’Auditorium de Lyon.
With an inspired showing in Prague, the Berlin Philharmonic reprises one of the most significant moments in the orchestra's history.
Neuenfels' production of Manon Lescaut for the Bayerische Staatsoper is strange but coherent. With a perfect cast and tight musical direction, this is about as good as Puccini opera gets.
Excellent ensemble work makes for a compelling rendering of Britten's satirical chamber opera Albert Herring, with some impressive young tenor and baritone voices.
Claus Guth gives the Staatsoper Berlin a Turn of the Screw unlike any other.
“Things found here are the opposite of what they are meant to represent,” warned Thomas Dausgaard at the opening of Saturday evening’s performance pairing Beethoven and Nielsen.
Song in a Strange Land is an evocative blend of concert jazz dance, jazz music, and literary texts layered to tell diasporic and lived memories of African Americans.
There’s always a reason to celebrate Sibelius. The addition of French works to San Diego Symphony’s offerings this weekend provided a panoply of tastes to the musical palate.
Sasha Waltz's innovative and singular choreography bears on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Debussy's L'après midi d'un faune. A provocative, engaging evening at the Staatsoper in Berlin.
La ville natale de Rameau conclut une année de célébrations avec deux opéras-ballets de la maturité : les Arts Florissants nous livrent un très beau spectacle Rameau maître à danser qui aurait pu être inoubliable sans quelques imprécisions ponctuelles.
Maestro Tilson Thomas led the San Francisco Symphony in a unique program that fell just short of expectations.
I Musici di Montréal join forces with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal to present Mozart's Requiem in Robert Levin's revised arrangement of the unfinished masterpiece.
What makes this production of The Rape of Lucretia stand out is the singers’ acting. It’s immediate, it’s integrated into the singing, and it’s better than anything I’ve seen in any opera production before.
Ce fut un moment exceptionnel, historique, inoubliable. Après cinq années de travaux, vendredi 14 novembre à 20h a eu lieu l’inauguration du nouvel Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio. Une véritable réussite : à la fois une très belle fête et la promesse d’un avenir somptueux.
An operatic thiller? Can such a thing exist? With an edgy score, Søren Nils Eichberg’s opera Glare tries hard to convince, at least initially.
From the opening two sets of preludes and fugues from Book I of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, it was clear that while Pierre-Laurent Aimard possesses the technical skill to perform this music, he lacks some style.
Cette saison, l’Opéra Comique fête ses 300 ans. Intitulé « Si l’Opéra Comique m’était conté », le gala célébrant le tricentenaire de l'institution retraçait son histoire en donnant un aperçu des créations emblématiques du lieu. Une frise chronologique efficace et très bien servie.
Viele Fragen warf diese Eröffnungsveranstaltung auf, gab Denkanstöße und eröffnete neue Sichtweisen auf das Konzept Musik.
Der Inszenierung fehlte es an Spannung, doch die musikalische Umsetzung unter der Leitung von Antonio Fogliani war packend für zwei.
Thursday's performance of Haydn's The Creation got out to something of a rough start, but proved a lovely concert by the end.
Perhaps the best jokers keep the straightest faces. For much of this evening at Wigmore Hall, the body language of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra portrayed serious musicians going about their serious business.
The Aurora orchestra chose one of the most eclectic mixes of music that St George’s has seen in a classic music concert inspired by the home, opening the eyes of Bristol to a strange variety of pieces.
The Met's revival of Shostakovich's satirical opera of an oppressed Russian housewife's tragedy is a must-see event of the season.
The aftermath of an unfortunate tug of war between love and lust entwined in a city gripped by enemy occupation, Tosca’s story digs deep into the human heart.
Ohad Naharin's internationally acclaimed Batsheva dance company brings Sadeh21</em> to New York (As part of BAM's Next Wave Festivial 2014)
Hitchcock’s Norman Bates meets Bartók’s death defying Miraculous Mandarin, by way of Schoenberg angular 12-tone Piano Concerto - with the odd man out being Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
Richard Strauss' Alpensinfonie im Großen Festspielhaus fährt mit Bild- und Tongewalt auf. Die Sinfonie, zu der gleichzeitig eine Foto-Strecke läuft, lädt optisch und akustisch zum Träumen ein.
The LPO give thrilling performances of colourful French classics, with the mood slightly dampened by an absurd performance of Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos.
Zurich's The Turn of the Screw is a masterful staging of the Benjamin Britten's musical narrative of Henry James' ghost story.
The Welsh National Opera took to the Hippodrome stage for the Bristol leg of their UK tour ofCarmen. This was a revival of Welsh National Opera’s production in the late 1990s, co-produced with Scottish Opera.
Spirited performances from the Bournemouth Symphony, conducted by Julian Kuerti, in a trio of Russian classics.
Always with an eye for the unusual, The Hebrides Ensemble surpassed themselves brilliantly with a lively programme of Amerian influenced music, including Elvis on bassoon.
An original and dynamic performance of Brahms' Symphony no. 1 makes up for run-of-the-mill Wagner and Strauss.