Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Southampton, United Kingdom

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SouthamptonEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Ainars Rubiķis; Caroline Chaney; Welsh National Opera; Natalya Romaniw; Claudia Huckle; Jason Bridges; Nicholas Lester

SouthamptonDie Fledermaus

Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
James Southall; John Copley; Welsh National Opera; Judith Howarth; Mark Stone; Ben McAteer; Rhian Lois

SouthamptonFrom the House of the Dead

Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Mark Le Brocq; Alan Oke; Adrian Thompson; Simon Bailey

SouthamptonENB: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; English National Ballet

SouthamptonTchaikovsky Unwrapped

Tchaikovsky

SouthamptonEmma Johnson And Friends

Weber, Beethoven, Brahms
Peter Francomb; Emma Johnson; Carducci String Quartet; Chris West
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Peter Donohoe triumphs with Prokofiev at the Turner Sims

This was an unmissable evening in which Prokofiev’s formidable “War” sonatas were given a rare and unforgettable outing – all three at a single sitting.   
*****
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Starry, starry night: BRBs celestial Cinderella

David Bintley's 2010 Birmingham Royal Ballet version of Cinderella is the antithesis to Ashton. Instead of pantomime, he offers pure fairy tale every magical step of the way.
*****
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Mitsuko Uchida creates pearls in Southampton

Mitsuko Uchida’s love of Mozart and Schumann was given vivid expression in the first of a series of recitals in Britain and Germany – but it was Mozart that won the evening here. 
****1
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Eclectic programme from the Vienna Piano Trio

Mixed performances from this well-known ensemble, but overall fine playing that showcased the genius of Haydn and beauty of Frank Bridge.
****1
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Assured musicianship from Paul Lewis at the Turner Sims

This was one of those absorbing discovery type recital programmes where links between the composers were both in and between the music. 
****1
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Inspirational Ravel from Alessandro Taverna

A daring programme, with more than enough technical challenges which produced exciting, if uneven performances.  
****1
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