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Elder led a performance that twinkled with Rossinian wit, while Serena Malfi left you clamouring for a swift return to Bow Street.
Ludovic Morlot's fourth season with the Seattle Symphony launches with a mini-Dvořák festival, some plush Wagner, and an ear-opening take on a Tchaikovsky warhorse featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov in his SSO debut.
A mixed evening, more notable for the efforts of the cast than for Brodie's modern Don Giovanni concept.
When compared to the operas of Handel, Vivaldi’s operas are still relative rarities either on stage or in concert. There have been a handful of performances in UK in the last five years...
Detailed, transparent readings from the London Sinfonietta brought out the modernist in early Schoenberg, but passion and atmosphere were lacking.
La rentrée musicale du Capitole de Toulouse dirigé par la baguette de l’excellent Tugan Sokhiev était très attendue. La programmation de deux compositeurs slaves avait en effet de quoi séduire.
Soprano Anna Lucia Richter sings Schubert and Wolf with tonal beauty and eloquent intensity, sensitively and unerringly accompanied by Gerold Huber.
Franco Zeffirelli's Palermo La Fille du régiment wears its 55 years with style and elegance, lifted by outstanding singing from Desirée Rancatore and Celso Albelo.
Compelling offerings from Petrenko with the RLPO in romantic works, while Ning Feng dazzles with his poetry and extraordinary tone.
The Royal Concertgebouw's programme consisted of a lot of energy and exciting humour, from Rossini to Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
A deeply moving evening of Russian choral treasures from Nigel Short's Tenebrae.
Patricia Petibon manages to portray an absolutely charming Manon. She spans the space between innocence and worldliness and remains consistently energetic and delightful.
The chances to hear two recitals on consecutive nights, featuring exceptional artists of international renown in the friendly environment and outstanding acoustics of the City Recital Hall are akin to winning a (musical) lottery in Sydney.
Jordi Savall conducts ‘Le Concert des Nations’ playing suites from Baroque’s controversial Jean-Philippe Rameau. The varied programme of the Italian music festival, Mito, is enriched with this historical hint of Baroque music.
The New York Philharmonic’s opening concert was an absolute hit, and a promising start to a strong season, with special guests Josh Groban, Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell in La Dolce Vita: Music of the Italian Cinema.
What a debt clarinettists owe to Anton Stadler and Richard Mühlfeld! Muses for Mozart and Brahms respectively, they were inspirations for some of the most glorious works written for the instrument.
Stephen Hough’s solo piano recital had an immediate appeal even before the first note sounded. The programme’s design followed perfect symmetry of Claude Debussy and Frédéric Chopin’s Four Ballades.
Red Note Ensemble's Sounding Brass in a unique afternoon of brass, percussion and electronics in an imaginatively scouted industrial setting.
A classical setting and a varying degree of vocal and dramatic success for Mozart's miraculous score to Le nozze di Figaro.
Runnicles und sein Orchester bieten trotz fallender Blätter Sommerliches, aber auch Stilles, Metaphysisches und Poetisches im Matinee-Konzert.
The final orchestral performance of this year’s Gergiev festival saw the city of Rotterdam play host to St. Peterburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra.
A dark and minimalist take on Verdi's beloved La Traviata misses the point at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in Berlin. Only the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra and Alfredo Daza (Germont) emerge with credit.
Combining seasoned chamber musicians, new works, and a cabaret-style venue, Hotel Elefant performed musical narratives ranging from horseback riding in Northern Iran to the public suicide of a Pennsylvanian State Treasurer.
National Youth Choir of Scotland Chamber Choir and Lammermuir Festival Players delight in an imaginative programme of French and Estonian sacred music.
À Ambronay, Franco Fagioli chantait de sa voix spectaculaire plusieurs grands airs de Porpora et Haendel, accompagné par Alessandro de Marchi et l’Academia Montis Regalis. Un pur joyau.
Torsten Fischer's Nazified production of Strauss' Daphne in the Semperoper Dresden may leave you confused, but it receives a solid performance.
Conductor Alexander Vedernikov with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and a fine cast of soloists captivate the Concertgebouw’s audience with a too-little known opera by Tchaikovsky.
L'ensemble Correspondances et Sébastien Daucé au festival d'Ambronay. Au programme, des oeuvres de Charpentier autour du thème « La Victoire de Milan ». Un concert captivant, somptueux, bouleversant.
Matthew Richard Martinez reviews Los Angeles Opera's season-opening performance of Verdi's La traviata starring Plácido Domingo, Nino Machaidze, and Arturo Chacón-Cruz.
Sakari Oramo takes the reins for his first Last Night of the Proms, alongside dazzling violinist Janine Jansen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Hyde Park's Last Night of the Proms is a marathon specatcle, with highlights from Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus Wainwright and land lubbing ensemble The Fisherman's Friends.
Eine Inszenierung, in der einfach alles passt: Mozarts Figaro in Göteborg übertrifft alle Erwartungen und bietet Unterhaltung auf höchstem Niveau, bis zum letzten Akkord.
The second evening of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival offered an interesting programme dynamically conducted by the Russian master. The theme this year was The Great War.
Dutch National Ballet opened their new season with a festive gala. Excerpts from classics, contemporary works, Ted Brandsen's choreography for the Junior Company, and a glimpse of what's to come this season... a bouquet of the finest pieces in the repertoire, and a fantastic opportunity to see the company's many faces.
“Beware, my Lord, of jealousy” warns Iago, planting the seed of doubt in Otello’s mind. Beware, too, the dangers of preconceptions. Keen anticipation of this new production of Verdi’s Otello was tempered by the prospect of David Alden as director.
DANCENOW Festival's Encore! performance at Joe's Pub. A mixed evening at Joe's Pub, New York City .
Welsh National Opera's new production of Rossini's William Tell shows off orchestra and chorus to their full under Carlo Rizzi's baton
A prelude that was pedestrian rather than portentous signalled Maurizio Benini’s approach to Rigoletto: Verdi as aural Ovaltine, tucked up in cosy dressing gown and slippers.
Not everything worked in Gilbert's Beethoven Nine, but the stunning finale redeemed all.
Gilbert and the Gewandhaus gave us a Mahler 3 that was truly the representation of all of creation that the composer strove for. It's a symphony to keep coming back for.
Royal Opera’s first rival of Anna Nicole opens to an enthusiastic student audience. Eva-Maria Westbroek dazzles, but second time round the work seems even more burned by its clumsy libretto.
Was Rufus Wainwright made for the Proms? Quite possibly: he ticks all the boxes needed for the ideal late-night set. He’s a pop artist, yes, but a pop artist whose love of classical music.
Now that the Gaudeamus organization is nicely nestled into the Utrecht music scene
and its new Walhalla, concert hall complex Tivoli Vredenburg, back to back
festivities of Early Music and tomorrow’s composers are ours to enjoy.
New Yorkers flocked to BAM on Thursday to celebrate the beginning of the Next Wave Festival 2014. Even more discerning audiences were just around the corner at BAM’s Harvey Theater for a program that featured soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish.
The Silk Road Ensemble together with Yo-Yo Ma brings music by composers and performers from all over the world to The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Alan Gilbert deliver a satisfying account of Mahler's titanic Third Symphony in the Berlin Festival, with a memorable solo from alto Gerhild Romberger.
ABT's Marcelo Gomes stars in Matthew Bourne's <em>Swan Lake</em>, his Swan a sensational success in Tokyo!
Prom 71's excursion across America contained some great music, but delivered less than it promised.
Jonathan Dove's joyous old-fashioned fairytale, magically realised in a very stylish production including some wonderfully original puppetry, is a fabulous talent showcase from British Youth Opera - and fun for all the family.
Olivier Saillard's Models Never Talk, presented at Milk Studios in New York as part of Fiaf's Crossing the Line 2014 Festival is both endearing and intriguing.