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Arthur Bruce (Gianni Schicchi) © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland | Robbie McFadzean
Glasgow

A perfect antidote to those January blues: Stylish, witty double bill at RCS

By , 21 January 2019
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Rafał Blechacz © Felix Broede | DG
London

Superb in Chopin... and more: Rafał Blechacz at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 January 2019
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Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger in recital at the Pierre Boulez Saal © Peter Adamik
Berlin

A consummate storyteller: Thomas Hampson in “Schubert Week” recital in Berlin

By , 21 January 2019
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London

Winding journeys of song at Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 20 January 2019
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Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Liverpool

Profoundly serious Sibelius from the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko

By , 20 January 2019
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Mark Morouse (Marx) and Boyan Di (Pawnbroker) © Thilo Beu
Bonn

Marx in London: A madcap comedy and musically rich opera at Theater Bonn

By , 20 January 2019
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Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side – from Opera North

By , 19 January 2019
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Irmina Kopaczynska in Kylián's Sweet Dreams © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

The Zurich ballet pays tribute to Jiří Kylián, master of the dance

By , 19 January 2019
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Daniel Johansson (Don José) and Miriam Treichl (Carmen) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Carmen meets Tosca at the Royal Swedish Opera

By , 19 January 2019
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Johannes Moser © Sarah Wijzenbeek
Atlanta

Atlanta Symphony Hall: Shostakovich shock and awe

By , 19 January 2019
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Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

By , 19 January 2019
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Artists of the Royal Ballet in Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows © ROH, 2019 | Bill Cooper
London

Asphodel Meadows/ The Two Pigeons, a beautiful pairing of Royal Ballet repertoire

By , 19 January 2019
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Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
London

A medley of melodies from Joshua Bell and the ASMF

By , 19 January 2019
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Empathetic truth from the odd couple: Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang at the Southbank

By , 18 January 2019
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Jess Gillam © Kaupo Kikkas
Gateshead

New year celebrations at Sage Gateshead

By , 18 January 2019
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Cantata Profana © Russ Rowland
New York City

Sciarrino, Ustvolskaya and sounds of darkness in Cantata Profana's “Visions of Silence” in New York

By , 18 January 2019
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Christian Gerhaher © Gregor Hohenberg | Sony Classical
Vienna

Polished perfection: Gerhaher and Huber’s Winterreise at the Musikverein

By , 18 January 2019
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LA Contemporary Dance Company in The Only Constant © Robbie Sweeny
Los Angeles

The Only Constant Puts Humanity On Stage

By , 18 January 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

Beguiling Haydn and transcendent Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt in Boston

By , 18 January 2019
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Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
Washington

Schubert from Renée Fleming, Gianandrea Noseda, the NSO... and Luciano Berio!

By , 18 January 2019
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Simon Trpčeski © Benjamin Ealovega
Belfast

Capricious Brahms and vivacious Sibelius in Belfast

By , 18 January 2019
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Susanna Malkki © Simon Fowler
Los Angeles

Mälkki makes her mark in Saariaho, missed in Messiaen

By , 18 January 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Folksongs, sung songs and songful Brahms from Britten Sinfonia

By , 17 January 2019
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The Princess and the Showgirl, Thick and Tight © Judita Kuniskyte
London

A wonderful night with Thick & Tight

By , 17 January 2019
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Mahan Esfahani © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Baroque Futurism: Mesmerising soundscapes from Mahan Esfahani at the Barbican

By , 17 January 2019
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Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
Düsseldorf

All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

By , 17 January 2019
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Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
Manchester

Dazzling Francesca Dego joins the Hallé for rousing Russian repertoire

By , 17 January 2019
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English National Ballet in Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

A fine company achievement: English National Ballet's Manon

By , 17 January 2019
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

SoundState: A bright future for new music at the Southbank

By , 16 January 2019
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Gerold Huber © Clive Barda | ArenaPAL
London

A Winterreise where the pianist leads the psychological journey: Gerhaher and Huber at Wigmore Hall

By , 16 January 2019
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James Streeter, Alina Cojocaru, jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

Cojocaru leads a fine cast in ENB's Manon

By , 16 January 2019
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Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

By , 15 January 2019
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 15 January 2019
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Isabel Leonard (Mélisande) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The lights are out in Allemonde: Miller's dull staging of Pelléas et Mélisande returns

By , 15 January 2019
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Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

By , 14 January 2019
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Van Kuijk Quartet © Nikolaj Lund
Liverpool

Van Kuijk Quartet captures enigmatic Ligeti in Liverpool

By , 13 January 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the London Symphony

By , 13 January 2019
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Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A tale of many Tchaikovskys: Herheim's The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera

By , 13 January 2019
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Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 January 2019
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Tamara Wilson (Ariadne) and Andreas Schager (Bacchus) © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Welser-Möst unveils a musically superb Ariadne auf Naxos in Cleveland

By , 13 January 2019
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Martha Argerich performs with the Oxford Philharmonic © Richard Cave
London

Stars shine on Oxford Philharmonic's 20th anniversary concert

By , 12 January 2019
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Northern Chamber Orchestra © Sara Porter Photography
Macclesfield

Flute, harp and Haydn in Macclesfield

By , 12 January 2019
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Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

By , 12 January 2019
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Francesco Piemontesi © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

From the sublime to the celestial: Piemontesi, Manze and the RLPO

By , 11 January 2019
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Christian Ihle Hadland © Nikolaj Lund
Dublin

Beethoven to remember from Christian Ihle Hadland and the RTÉ NSO

By , 11 January 2019
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Akram Khan Company, Until the Lions © Jean-Louis Fernandez
London

Akram Khan's Until the Lions returns to the Roundhouse

By , 11 January 2019
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Gweneth-Ann Rand © Paula Court
New York City

Philip Venables sets free the music in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis

By , 11 January 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Brussels

Magnificent Mendelssohn and Brahms from Blomstedt and the Concertgebouw

By , 11 January 2019
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John Adams © Vern Evans
Los Angeles

Starman dimmed? Glass’ latest Bowie/Eno opus proves no Life on Mars

By , 10 January 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
London

Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

By , 10 January 2019
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