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Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote opened this week at the Royal Opera House, with Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Núñez as Kitri.
Gluck’s ballet Don Juan is a rarity but sadly, the tame performance by the Academy of Ancient Music, part of its ‘Grand Tour’ series, failed to seduce at Milton Court.
The Bayerische Staatsoper's production of Hänsel und Gretel is successful both musically and dramatically, but don't come expecting a charming fairy tale: This eerie staging is not for the very young or the faint of heart.
The London Symphony Orchestra’s first tour in Australia in more than 30 years has stirred an almost unprecedented interest.
The fortunate audience of Barcelona's Liceu has much to enjoy a wonderfully performance of Arabella conceived as an intimate drama of human psychology.
Margaret Barrett's new work Universal Language explores the linguistic basis of oppression. This Fine Arts Chamber Players concert featured musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Obscure Dignitaries.
Toute pérégrination italienne près de Pompéi et Herculanum mène à Naples ; au Teatro San Carlo, le chef chinois Muhai Tang dirigeait un programme entièrement consacré à Beethoven.
Robert Wilson's The Old Woman is "perfectly picturesque – gorgeous in its stark and intensely highlighted patterns." Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe
The National Ballet of Canada presents Neumeier's Nijinsky for the second time in as many years to their loyal Toronto audience at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts.
Ballet Hispanico's CARMEN.maquia, presented for a one night engagement at Harlem's Apollo Theater, was marred by some lackluster casting choices that failed to capitalize on the story's essential drama.
Music Director Jahja Ling waited until more than a decade of his tenure with San Diego Symphony had passed before programming Mahler’s Symphony no. 7, the first in the orchestra's 103-year history.
Lyrical pathos and battering choral climaxes were the strong suits at the Dutch première of Hans Werner Henze’s incendiary oratorio Das Floβ der Medusa.
Fresh from their performance at Carnegie Hall, Anne-Sophie Mutter and her Mutter Virtuosi arrived in Toronto, playing Roy Thompson Hall to a loud, appreciative crowd.
Peter Oundjian and the RSNO star in a celebration of orchestration, with guest Steven Osborne.
Giving the audience closer access to performers may be a key to the survival of an ever-more-elitist entertainment form
On several occasions when I listened to Brahms’s first piano concerto in concert, I was left wondering whether Brahms really intended the pianist to play with so much physical force.
A rapturous Second Piano Concerto and a towering Fourth Symphony made Bernard Haitink's all-Brahms concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe memorable.
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.
Laurent Pelly's production of Giulio Cesare is a play of references to antiquity, heroism and myth. However, it does not thrill.
John Woolrich is a publically undervalued contributor to British musical life. This evening’s concert attempted to celebrate as many of the man’s musical guises as possible.
Swedish soprano Miah Persson dominates the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s enterprising Romantic Lieder program conducted by Kent Nagano.
En cette fin d’année, l’Opéra de Paris nous offre un spectacle réjouissant, plein de magie.
Houston Symphony's Andrés Orozco-Estrada brings remarkable intention to Mozart's sacred masterpiece.
Channelling Conchita Wurst in its starring role, the Early Opera Company's production of this rare Rameau opera is bursting with laughs and memorable performances from a strong young cast.
The New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Jaap van Zweden, served an appetizing pairing: Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante was the hors d’oeuvre, and Shostakovich’s triumphant Symphony no. 8 was the entrée.
Zombie clowns abound in Stefan Herheim's uncomfortably comical and upsetting Copenhagen production of Alban Berg's Lulu.
While L-E-V performed House using utterly grotesque shapes, lines, and facial gestures, the unity, variety, repetition, and contrast of elements were eloquently sequenced and the audience was taken on a journey to another world, led by seven part-human-part-insect-beings.
Robert Dekkers' Post:Ballet presents High:5 , a full-evening program of innovative works, including Yours Is Mine, Sixes and Seven and Do Be. Reviewwed at Z Space, San Francisco
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.
Les Nouveaux Caractères de Sébastien d’Hérin insufflent avec inspiration une nouvelle vie à l’œuvre de Jean-Marie Leclair dans sa Lyon natale.
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.
Simone Lamsma returned to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to perform Dvořák's Violin Concerto, a highly lyrical and rich work. Also in the programme was Sibelius's triumphant and dramatic Fifth Symphony.
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.
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.
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?”
Sergei Krylov shone in the Violin Concerto and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Dmitri Liss gave an emotional account of the Sixth Symphony with strong Russian character.
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.
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet impresses in Gallic repertoire, but his Beethoven took longer to win our reviewer around.
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.
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.