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London

Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première

By , 18 July 2018
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London

Prom 6: Love laid bare in a passionate Turangalîla from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 18 July 2018
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London

Prom 5: Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande arrives at the Proms

By , 17 July 2018
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London

Ariadne aus Glasgow: Strauss’ opera gets a few twists at Opera Holland Park

By , 17 July 2018
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London

Prom 4: Mark Simpson impresses in Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto

By , 16 July 2018
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London

Proms at... Engaging invention from Shaw and joyous Schumann

By , 16 July 2018
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London

Prom 3: An inflated Prom to celebrate BBC Young Musicians

By , 15 July 2018
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Los Angeles

Dudamel serves up Otello at the Hollywood Bowl

By , 15 July 2018
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Cleveland

Storgårds leads Cleveland Orchestra in intriguing Blossom program

By , 15 July 2018
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Ravenna

Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

By , 15 July 2018
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Naples

A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

By , 14 July 2018
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Lenox

Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas in a concert performance of La bohème at Tanglewood

By , 14 July 2018
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London

Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

By , 14 July 2018
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Munich

Kirill Petrenko and a luxury cast graces Il trittico in Munich

By , 14 July 2018
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London

Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

By , 14 July 2018
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Moreton-in-Marsh

A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

By , 13 July 2018
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London

Prom 1: Five Telegrams and a Harbinger of War from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

By , 13 July 2018
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Hohenems

Fröst and Pöntinen: Chamber music gets physical at the Schubertiade

By , 13 July 2018
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Berlin

Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo: Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 July 2018
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London

Sharon Eyal returns to Sadler's Wells as new Associate Artist

By , 13 July 2018
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Naples

Tosca finally set in its own time and place at the Teatro San Carlo

By , 12 July 2018
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Berlin

Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare at Komische Oper

By , 12 July 2018
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Berlin

Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score: Die Gezeichneten in Berlin

By , 11 July 2018
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Savonlinna

Satan, sex, blood and redemption: Faust in Finland

By , 11 July 2018
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Zürich

Belcea Quartet competes with urban Zurich

By , 11 July 2018
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Amsterdam

Roth, Pahud and the Gurzenich deliver an evening of high drama in Amsterdam

By , 11 July 2018
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Savonlinna

Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna's new Queen of Spades

By , 10 July 2018
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London

Brass ensemble Septura explores Ravel and Gershwin

By , 10 July 2018
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London

Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

By , 10 July 2018
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Savonlinna

Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

By , 09 July 2018
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Buxton

Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

By , 08 July 2018
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Bantry

Ibragimova thrills in Franck sonata in splendid Bantry closer

By , 08 July 2018
*****
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London

Poetry in every bar: Steven Osborne at Wigmore Hall

By , 07 July 2018
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Buxton

Revolutionary jungle fever: Verdi's Alzira staged at the Buxton Festival

By , 07 July 2018
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Aix-en-Provence

Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte: Simon McBurney at Aix

By , 06 July 2018
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Aix-en-Provence

Occult, mystical, extreme: Treliński brings Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel to the Aix Festival

By , 05 July 2018
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Cheltenham

Choir of Keble College brings fashion, flamboyance and fervency to the Cheltenham Music Festival

By , 05 July 2018
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High Wycombe

Shivers up and down the spine: David Sawer's The Skating Rink at Garsington

By , 05 July 2018
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London

Cream buns from Schiff: Fine fare to close the OAE season

By , 04 July 2018
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Bradford on Avon

Queen's dating dilemma: Handel's Partenope at Iford

By , 04 July 2018
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Aix-en-Provence

Blissful soprano singing marooned in corporate-land: Ariadne in Aix

By , 04 July 2018
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Gateshead

The Marriage of Figaro: beautiful and beastly at Sage Gateshead

By , 04 July 2018
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London

Challenging vitality and unremitting energy in Shechter's Grand Finale

By , 04 July 2018
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Bantry

Riveting Franck at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

By , 01 July 2018
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Turin

A strong Italian cast in a traditional production of Così fan tutte in Turin

By , 01 July 2018
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Glyndebourne

Shadows among the organ pipes: an enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande on location in Glyndebourne

By , 30 June 2018
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Bantry

An exhilarating Beethoven “Razumovsky” Quartet no. 2 by Quatuor Danel

By , 30 June 2018
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Milan

Sonya Yoncheva triumphs in Il pirata at La Scala

By , 29 June 2018
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London

Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera in heavenly form

By , 29 June 2018
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London

Obsession, isolation and terror at the Royal College of Music

By , 29 June 2018
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