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[image:9400,right,300]Faced with the choice of destroying the love of one’s life or accepting the loss of one’s family honour, how should a man behave? Rodrigue’s dilemma, brought on by his prospective father-in-law delivering a mortal insult to his father, forms the basis of Pierre Corneille’s Le Cid, written in 1637 and one of the great works of classical Fr
A fascinating sneak preview of Pascal Dusapin's new opera Penthesilea forms the centrepiece of a fine performance by the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.
Zukerman, master of the violin, viola and baton, displayed his many creative capabilities with panache this weekend with the San Diego Symphony.
Bach is music for the soul, and when excellent musicians are performing it, it cannot fail to be beautiful. Thanks to the considerable strengths of the many involved, there is really no better way to spend a weekend in Lent than lamenting through a Bach Passion in the Konzerthaus.
LDTX's Spring Equinox showcase brings together eight creative and experimental works by young LDTX choreographers.
Peter Donohoe and Benjamin Frith (standing in for Peter Hill) performed Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen with intensity, clarity and profound musical understanding.
Works of Chopin and Tchaikovsky on this concert displayed the two faces of Romantic music – the quiet intimacy of the individual and the expressive power of the whole.
Balanchine’s Jewels is the perfect showcase piece to display the excellent dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet.
François-Frédéric Guy proves the ideal Beethoven interpreter is his "It's All About the Piano" recital at the Institut français in Kensington.
Superlative vocal and instrumental soloists, led by Michael Schade as a vividly intense Evangelist, impress in Bach’s St John Passion at the Concertgebouw.
Camels, fireworks, and a gigantic head of Nefertiti: the Sydney Harbour production of Aida is not short on spectacle. Among the cast, Latonia Moore is outstanding in the title role, with good support from Miljana Nikolic as Amneris and Michael Honeyman as Amonasro.
The Institut Français’ three day festival “It’s all about Piano!” kicked off cinematically at King’s Place, with Mikhail Rudy’s compact double bill of Metamorphosis and Pictures at an Exhibition.
Ballet West provided a rare treat by programming all recent and new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Helen Pickett and Val Caniparoli in the company's New York engagement.
In a stellar programme at the KKL Luzern − one of Switzerland’s most prestigious concert venues − conductor Ingo Metzmacher infused works of Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler with vibrancy and pathos.
FLEXN, a collaboration between Peter Sellars and Reggie "Regg Roc" Gray at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, brings mixed feelings.
Ballet BC expands its vocabulary and tests its toes in new conversations.
The Hallé was on top form in Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Sibelius with inspiring conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens, dazzling pianist Denis Kozhukhin and superb orchestral soloists.
The influence of words and storytelling is apparent from Mr Adams’ dense score to Scheherazade.2, which broods throughout with cinematic yet unpredictable intensity.
Michael Pink's Giselle for Milwaukee Ballet is set in a 1940’s Jewish ghetto, policed by armed guards. This moving production is supported by Gavin Sutherland's modernist updating of the score, and Lez Brotherston's striking, muted designs.
A Mozart symphony in the second half of this Houston Symphony concert could hardly compete with Augustin Hadelich playing Bartók.
Unlocking a fascinating new angle on the legend behind the classical ballet.
Sometimes the small details make all the difference. They certainly did in this rendition by the CBSO and Steven Osborne under the baton of Andrew Manze that won you over with an unpretentious and all the more captivating performance.
Sally Matthews comes home to the South of England to give a beautifully delicate and heart-rending performance of Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the BSO.
This young ensemble was curiously lacking in youthful energy in a concert of orchestral classics with a few too many fluffed notes.
Alexei Ratmansky's The Flames of Paris shows the Bolshoi Ballet in top form at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
A rich showcase of bel canto Romantic tragedy, this renewal of the Giancarlo del Monaco production made a vehicle for insights into jealousy, conscience, and deviousness “on a Royal scale”.
A reconstruction of a long-lost opera by Handel gives some exciting young singers the chance to shine at the London Handel Festival, even if the plot might be better back in the mists of obscurity.
English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer Award was this year won by Chinese dancer Jinhao Zhang, while the People's Choice Award went to Laurretta Summerscales.
A delightful opportunity to hear nine young singers at The Met, all of whom will likely have fulfilling careers.
With a programme spanning from Bach through Schumann, Cage, all the way to Lera Auerbach and David Lang, Hilary Hahn shows she is on top form alongside pianist Cory Smythe.
The first performance of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion Day: Pierre Boulez at 90 featured the composer's Piano Sonata no. 2 and Éclat/Multiples.
Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream lacking a little magic at the RNCM.
Rimsky-Korsakov's opera remain rarities outside Russia, but the Bolshoi Opera made The Tsar’s Bride the anchor of this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival programme.
A Child Of Our Time brought this year's Auckland Arts Festival to a magnificent finish with its message as universal as it was when first composed.
Nederlands Dans Theater II continues to dleight with the second mixed bill of their 2015 season, which features works by Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Edward Clug and Jiří Pokorný
A UK première, movements from a rarely performed Prokofiev ballet by Prokofiev and a revitalising performance of Petrushka demonstrates the LPO's bold programming.
Petipa's 1869 classic receives a splendid treatment in San Francisco Ballet's 2003 restaging of Don Quixote.
Soprano Amber Wagner debuts with a flair that reminds us that Verdi's Requiem has dramatic roots.
Kristine Opolais offers a nuanced, moving Cio-Cio-San in a solid revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s sepia and cream production of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera.
Peter Oundjian and the RSNO perform an imaginative programme airing the varied moods and influences which make up modern America.
A Puccini classic gets the classic treatment in this timeless production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Mariss Jansons' festive, but poignant, farewell concert with the Royal Concergebouw Orchestra. Thomas Hampson contrasted folksongs by Mahler with Berio and Copland. Afterwards, while Jansons conducted Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.
Works by Locatelli, Hans Abrahamsen and Tom Coult accompanied Dmitry Sitkovetsky's arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations.
In this Nordic year, a rediscovery of Wilhelm Stenhammar's First Symphony is a fascinating benchmark. Meanwhile, Steven Osborne completes the Beethoven Piano concerto cycle in a thoughtful performance.
The Bayerische Staatsoper's Ring cycle has been full of ups and downs. It ended on an up, thanks to Petrenko's brilliant conducting, a strong cast, and a fun staging.
Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead give a thoughtful rendition of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at a Lenten concert by La Nuova Musica at St John's Smith Square.
Datong: The Chinese Utopia, a Chinese chamber opera in three acts, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, takes a daring stab at Chinese political history while celebrating the life of a pioneering Chinese feminist.
Celebrating 20 years as Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley brings the company to London, where Balanchine’s Serenade acts as a delicate sorbet before the excesses of Bintley’s own Carmina burana.
Sir Mark Elder conducted the Hallé in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto no. 2, with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, and Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov and orchestra principal trumpet Michael Sachs solo in a rarely played Shostakovich concerto. The concert also featured a winning performance of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.