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Both the staging and the music of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Traviata disappoint.
The Uzunstein Chamber Orchestra's tribute to the ANZAC's combines the intriguing and diappointing in equal measure.
Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko show off their vocal qualities, leading a star cast above an uninspiring orchestral performance in John Copley's Royal Opera production of La bohème in what is to be its last season.
Hong Kong Sinfonietta's refreshing reading of Sibelius' 6th Symphony in "Le French May"
Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra find icy perfection in Sibelius last work.
“The very incarnation of vice” was how one critic described Célestine Galli-Marié’s Carmen at the opera’s 1875 Opéra Comique première. That description could equally be applied to Stéphanie d’Oustrac in Glyndebourne’s revival of David McVicar’s terrific production.
Stunning Smetana and Dvořák made for a gripping end to a fine concert.
Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony and Strauss’s Symphonia domestica fill this week’s bill at Severance Hall.
The auditorium's lights flared up, drawing a blinking audience back into the room. The fourth wall was well and truly broken, and each of us was given no option but to acknowledge our responsibility for the planet.
Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde was the high point at an opera gala in support of young singers at the Concertgebouw.
Tavener's The Hidden Treasure is the highlight of the Duke Quartet's recital at Kings Place
A fabulous Three-Cornered Hat followed by a ravishing Concierto de Aranjuez is side-tracked by an enigmatic El Amor brujo.
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.
This final concert of a three-week festival of French music featured works by Debussy, Ravel, and Messiaen. In a clever bit of programming, the number of performers on stage grew from one flautist on the first piece to a symphony of over 100 for the last.
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.
Joshua Bell and other musical heavyweights fail to impress in an evening of Czech chamber works well-known and otherwise.
The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra offered a program of Szymanowski’s Stabat Materand Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Their performance at Cadogan Hall had outstanding moments but overall felt unremarkable.
The evening clearly belonged to Stephen Gould’s Siegfried and Sir Simon Rattle and Vienna Orchestra.
Scottish Mezzo Karen Cargill and the Red Note Ensemble perform Watching Over You, Composer Rory Boyle's new setting of Dilys Rose's poems depicting the journey of early motherhood.
Conductor Bernhard Haitink recently tackled the great “kaleidoscope” of Mahler’s Seventh symphony to the delight of a Zurich audience.
This spring is the season of Sterling Hyltin as she continues a string of revelatory performances.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.