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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anaïk Morel (Carmen), Hongni Wu (Mercédès) and dancers © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Carmen minus charisma: a limp revival of Kosky's production at Covent Garden

By , 24 June 2019
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Soraya Mafi (Gretel) and Caitlin Hulcup (Hansel) © Richard Hubert Smith
West Horsley

Into the Woods: Hansel and Gretel at Grange Park Opera

By , 23 June 2019
***11
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Anna Smirnova (Abigaille) and Michael Volle (Nabucco) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

A new Nabucco on the block in Zurich

By , 23 June 2019
***11
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Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Beloved Maestro conducts arresting farewell concert

By , 22 June 2019
*****
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Rusalka) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Vodník) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

San Francisco Opera offers a dark, powerful Rusalka

By , 22 June 2019
****1
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Iphigénie en Tauride at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées © Vincent Pontet
Paris

The Carsen effect: brilliant Iphigénie in Paris

By , 22 June 2019
*****
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Linda Richardson (Anna Bolena) and Lukas Jakobski (Enrico) © Matthew Williams Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

Masks and marriages: Anna Bolena at Longborough Opera Festival

By , 22 June 2019
***11
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Sasha Cooke (Orlando) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Exquisite Handelian singing in San Francisco Opera's Orlando

By , 21 June 2019
****1
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Wellington Church in Glasgow © David Smythe
Glasgow

Bach and Pergolesi on a glorious Midsummer’s evening at Glasgow’s West End Festival

By , 21 June 2019
***11
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Long Yu © Askonas Holt
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Phil and Long Yu cross the cultural divide with a trio of Slavic works

By , 21 June 2019
****1
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The Orchestra of St Luke's © Adam Stoltman
New York City

Reimagining the Goldbergs as an orchestral period piece

By , 20 June 2019
****1
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Posies, garlands and festive bunting: the LSO and Rattle

By , 20 June 2019
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Berlin

Virtuosi old and new: Daniil Trifonov plays Scriabin at the Berlin Philharmonie

By , 20 June 2019
***11
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Natalia Osipova in The Mother © Kenny Mathieson
London

The Mother: Arthur Pita’s disturbing take on Hans Christian Andersen’s grim fairy-tale at the Southbank

By , 20 June 2019
***11
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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Mistrust, rage and colonialism: Adrian Noble’s new Otello at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 20 June 2019
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Erin Morley, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Amanda Lynn Bottoms © The Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia

Candide channels Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Philadelphia

By , 20 June 2019
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Bryn Terfel (Boris) and Roger Honeywell (Shuisky) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The coronation and tragedy of Boris revived at Covent Garden

By , 19 June 2019
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Pierre Hantaï © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

Perfectly secluded Goldbergs in the middle of Manhattan

By , 19 June 2019
****1
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Lisette Oropesa (Amalia) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

I masnadieri: “Verdi's ugliest opera” returns to La Scala with mixed results

By , 18 June 2019
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Rakhi Singh © Adam Szabo
London

Manchester Collective: cleverly coaxing a new audience for classical music

By , 18 June 2019
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Rachel Kelly (Hansel) and Susanna Hurrell (Gretel) © Johan Persson
London

ENO and the Open Air Theatre join forces for a lip-smacking Hansel and Gretel

By , 17 June 2019
****1
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Daniel Müller-Schott and the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Brooding and visceral Tchaikovsky from the Tekfen Philharmonic in Istanbul

By , 17 June 2019
****1
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta
London

From Shostakovich to Berlioz, via the Great American Songbook: LSO and three soloists at the Barbican

By , 16 June 2019
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Roberta Mameli, Helena Rasker, João Fernandes, Maria Ladurner, Roberta Invernizzi, Bruno de Sá © Stefan Gloede | Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci
Potsdam

Polifemo by Bononcini: a Baroque rarity in Potsdam

By , 16 June 2019
****1
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Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) and dancer © Bálint Hirling, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A thunderous end to the 2019 Budapest Ring: Götterdammerüng at Müpa

By , 16 June 2019
*****
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Svetlana Aksenova (Militrisa) and Bogdan Volkov (Gvidon) © Forster
Brussels

Listen with Mother: Rimsky-Korsakov's Tsar Saltan as autism parable at La Monnaie

By , 16 June 2019
*****
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Don Giovanni at Palais Garnier © Charles Duprat / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Don Giovanni according to Ivo van Hove: a puritan despite himself?

By , 16 June 2019
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Vivid Consort © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Wandering through musical and cultural history in Istanbul's Samatya

By , 16 June 2019
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Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Tomasz Konieczny's Wanderer outstanding in a uniformly strong cast: Siegfried in Budapest

By , 15 June 2019
****1
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James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong © Christine Bourgier
Montreal

Back to Bourgie: a memorable Beethoven cycle by James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong

By , 15 June 2019
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Tobias Ringborg © Bill Kean
Glasgow

Amicus Orchestra brings summer sunshine to Glasgow’s West End Festival

By , 15 June 2019
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Yuja Wang and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Fireworks from Yuja Wang in Turkey

By , 15 June 2019
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Guanqun Yu (Desdemona) and Russell Thomas (Otello) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

Russell Thomas convinces as Otello at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 14 June 2019
***11
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Elīna Garanča and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Steve J. Sherman
New York City

Nézet-Séguin and the Met Orchestra offer compelling Mahler and Bruckner

By , 14 June 2019
****1
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Handel's Susanna at the Halle Handel Festival © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Halle

Handel's somewhat rare oratorio Susanna in the Halle Handel Festival

By , 14 June 2019
***11
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Johan Reuter (Wotan), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) © Szilvia Csibi, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Doom-laden debate: Reuter and Schöck turn up the heat in Die Walküre in Budapest

By , 14 June 2019
****1
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Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent © Rudy Carlier
London

Herreweghe achieves purity and unity in Bach's Mass in B minor

By , 14 June 2019
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Hanna Hipp (Fantasio) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Clown court: Offenbach's Fantasio at Garsington

By , 14 June 2019
***11
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Kleines Requiem: Martin ten Kortenaar and Sasha Mukhamedov © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Arqués fiery Ignite captures the attention at Dutch National Ballet

By , 14 June 2019
****1
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Stamping Ground © Daniel Boud
Sydney

History, presence, and history in the making: Bangarra's 30 years of sixty five thousand

By , 14 June 2019
****1
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Carolyn Sampson and The King's Consort © Maria Scheunpflug
Halle

Festkonzert with Carolyn Sampson: Handel's Heroines

By , 13 June 2019
****1
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The Kuss Quartet © Suntory Hall
Tokyo

Kuss Quartet’s Beethoven tour with Paganini-loved instruments

By , 13 June 2019
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Pierre-François Dollé and Caroline Copeland © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Demons and monsters: Rameau at the Boston Early Music Festival

By , 13 June 2019
*****
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Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

The return of Monteverdi: Pinchgut takes on Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

By , 13 June 2019
****1
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Birmingham

Bold, dramatic colour in Gražinytė-Tyla's CBSO Mahler 2

By , 13 June 2019
****1
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Christian Franz (Loge) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Christian Franz's Loge leads a near-flawless cast in Das Rheingold in Budapest

By , 13 June 2019
*****
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Bernard Labadie and the Orchestra of St. Luke's © Adam Stoltman
New York City

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s investigates recycling in Bach’s secular music

By , 13 June 2019
***11
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Emmanuel Villaume © Václav Hodina
Prague

Prague Philharmonia finishes with a flourish

By , 12 June 2019
****1
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Daisy Brown (Tytania) © Ali Wright
Market Harborough

Magic from the pit in Nevill Holt Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By , 12 June 2019
***11
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Skylar Brandt in Le Corsaire © Rosalie O’Connor
New York City

Wildly offensive, but wildly entertaining too: ABT's Le Corsaire

By , 11 June 2019
****1
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