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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Auckland, New Zealand

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AucklandBrodsky Quartet: Fugues

Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bartók
Brodsky Quartet

AucklandLove Eternal

Beethoven, Schumann, Sibelius
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Denis Kozhukhin

AucklandWinter Daydreams

Blake, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Dima Slobodeniouk; Carolin Widmann

AucklandMātauranga

Norris, Mozart, Golijov, Nielsen
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar; Steven Osborne

AucklandHeroic

Beethoven
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Edo de Waart

AucklandDestiny

Beethoven
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Edo de Waart
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Susan Graham's gripping New Zealand debut

Susan Graham © Dario Acosta
This was astonishing and gripping vocalism from a true master of Berlioz style.
*****
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Kosky's mesmerising Magic Flute in Auckland

Komische Oper Berlin's Zauberflöte © Michael Smith
The Queen of the Night appeared as a malevolent giant spider, complete with exoskeleton, threatening Tamino with her stabbing limbs and summoning hordes of smaller spiders to writhe over Pamina when the latter hesitated to commit to Sarastro's murder.
****1
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Sweeping Bruckner but lacklustre Beethoven from the APO

Giordano Bellincampi © Andreas Köhring
Bellincampi’s way with this symphony was impressive: he knitted the composer’s sometimes diffuse structural cells into something cohesive, with no loss of tension in the various silences and odd transitional moments.
***11
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Intense Mahler and Schubert from Thomas E. Bauer in Auckland

Thomas E. Bauer © Marco Borggreve
The vocal items in this programme were the most successful, driven as they were by Bauer's searing interpretations.
****1
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A nuanced St Matthew Passion in Auckland

Stephen Layton © Keith Saunders
Stephen Layton returns to Auckland to continue his series of Bach's choral masterpieces with the APO. 
****1
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Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
It was hard not to be drawn in by the romance and tragedy as presented by such a sincere, credible and vocally talented young cast and a conductor with such strong identification with the idiom.
****1
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