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Evelyn Herlitzius (Nurse), Camilla Nylund (Empress), Nina Stemme (Dyer's wife) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pohn
Vienna

Girl power rules: Vienna State Opera celebrates its 150 years with Die Frau ohne Schatten

By , 25 May 2019
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Seconda Prat!ca – Chiefs of Music and Queen’s Singers © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Göttingen

Almira's Songbook: Handel meets the world of Spanish music

By , 23 May 2019
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Beats on Pointe © Masters of Choreography
London

Masters of Choreography: Beats on Pointe

By , 22 May 2019
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Anna Devin (Pamina) with Nicholas O'Neill, Sean Hughes and Oran Murphy (Three Boys) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

An enjoyable Magic Flute from Irish National Opera

By , 21 May 2019
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

A thrilling combination of Barry and Beethoven at the Barbican

By , 21 May 2019
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Jan Lisiecki and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra © Prague Spring | Zdeněk Chrapek
Prague

No conductor? No problem at Prague Spring

By , 21 May 2019
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Henri Deléger (Michael) © Tristram Kenton | Southbank Centre
London

Stockhausen rediscovered: Donnerstag aus Licht shines brightly

By , 21 May 2019
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Summer from The Seasons © Marty Sohl
New York City

Ratmansky triple bill celebrates ten years with ABT

By , 21 May 2019
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Carolyn Holt (Sister Helen) © Tim Morozzo
Glasgow

Dead Man Walking receives thrilling UK staged premiere at RCS

By , 20 May 2019
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Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Roberto Alagna brings up his century at the Royal Opera in Andrea Chénier revival

By , 20 May 2019
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Hera Hyesang Park (Rosina) and Andrey Zhilikhovsky (Figaro) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Laughter returns to Seville: a sparkling Barbiere revival at Glyndebourne

By , 19 May 2019
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Scott Tucker © Shannon Finney Photography
Washington

Holy Schmitt! Choral Arts Society of Washington thrills with Schmitt's Psalm 47

By , 19 May 2019
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Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Il barbiere di Siviglia: Flórez triumphs as Almaviva in Vienna

By , 18 May 2019
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Markus Brück © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Hann. Münden

Magnificent Saul in Göttingen Handel Festival

By , 18 May 2019
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Julie Boulliane (Marguerite), Allan Clayton (Faust) and actors © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Diabolus vincit omnia: Purves' Mephisto dominates Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne

By , 18 May 2019
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Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
Los Angeles

Young lions Tao and Rana tear into Beethoven without Dudamel

By , 18 May 2019
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Angela Hewitt © Richard Termine
Berea

Angela Hewitt brings her revelatory Bach Odyssey to Cleveland

By , 18 May 2019
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Bill Mootos © Rachel Greenberg
Newport News

A homecoming of sorts: Shakespeare and Schmitt’s Antony and Cleopatra in Virginia

By , 17 May 2019
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Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne
Duisburg

Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

By , 17 May 2019
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Michele Mariotti © Victor Santiago
Dublin

Paradise in music: a glorious Verdi Requiem under Michele Mariotti in Dublin

By , 17 May 2019
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Danielle Bausinger and Company Dancers | A Play for Love © Ali Fleming
Kansas City

Triple bill by American choreographers to close out Kansas City Ballet's season

By , 17 May 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Welser-Möst and Cleveland Orchestra explore late style of Bartók and Schubert

By , 16 May 2019
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Paavo Järvi © Yong Bin
Hamburg

Loud Berg and lyrical Bruckner from Paavo Järvi at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 May 2019
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Marie Fajtová (Ninette) © Dasa Wharton
Prague

Supernatural high jinks in Prague: The Love for Three Oranges

By , 16 May 2019
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Dean Murphy (Figaro) and Sinead O'Kelly (Rosina) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Intrigue, disguise and the damnation of ageing: Rossini’s Barbiere in Zurich

By , 15 May 2019
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Hongni Wu (Phaedra) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Phaedra: Henze's final opera given a sensitive and stylish new production in the Linbury Theatre

By , 15 May 2019
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Sebastian Zubieta © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

A revival of Vivier's Kopernikus in Brooklyn finds inspiration – and cliché – in the afterlife

By , 15 May 2019
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Nicolas Ellis and Orchestre Métropolitain © François Goupil
Montreal

Exuberant Beethoven from Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain

By , 15 May 2019
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Daniel Barenboim and Anita Rachvelishvili © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin spice up their repertoire

By , 15 May 2019
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Vincent Wolfsteiner (Hüon), Annette Dasch (Rezia) and Sebastian Mock (Puck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Physiology, puppetry and pharmaceuticals: Oberon at Theater an der Wien

By , 15 May 2019
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Ensemble 360 © Kaupo Kikkas
Sheffield

Mesmerising Brahms from Ensemble 360

By , 14 May 2019
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Guillaume Quéau in Rouge © Johan Persson
London

Marion Motin's Rouge blows the cobwebs away in Rambert's triple bill

By , 14 May 2019
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Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside in Harlequinade © Rosalie O’Connor
New York City

Ratmansky's Harlequinade reconstruction already showing its age

By , 13 May 2019
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Brodsky Quartet © Duncan Matthews
Auckland

Exploring the fugue with the Brodsky Quartet in Auckland

By , 13 May 2019
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From left: Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King, Xavier Díaz-Latorre © Amy Ryan Media
London

The Doctor Who of music: Jordi Savall whisks us across countries and centuries

By , 12 May 2019
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Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
London

Dappled sunlight: Lawrence Power in a Brahms marathon at the QEH

By , 12 May 2019
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Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Gateshead

Music with friends: Royal Northern Sinfonia's Trout Quintet

By , 11 May 2019
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Paul Klee © Gregory Batardon
Bern

Konzert Theater Bern: Paul Klee’s dynamism depicted through dance

By , 11 May 2019
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Rachael Lloyd (Dido) and Eyra Norman (Belinda) © Tristram Kenton
London

Dido: Purcell's opera renamed and relocated by ENO and the Unicorn Theatre

By , 11 May 2019
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Gustavo Dudamel © Gerardo Gomez | Fundamusical
Los Angeles

Thomas Adés' new ballet score debuts in LA... without dancers

By , 11 May 2019
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Bloodhoof © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

Bloodhoof: an Icelandic fable reconsidered in New York

By , 11 May 2019
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Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Rigoletto) and Liparit Avetisyan (Duke of Mantua) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Young cast, old production: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto is on song

By , 11 May 2019
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Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Paavo Järvi and Viktoria Mullova impress in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky

By , 11 May 2019
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Harrison Ball in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes © Erin Baiano
New York City

NYCB's eclectic program worth the three hours

By , 11 May 2019
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Barry Douglas © Eugene Langan
Belfast

Crisp Rachmaninov from Barry Douglas in Belfast

By , 10 May 2019
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Antti Siirala, Fabrice Bollon and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Belgrade Philharmonic | Marko Djokovic
Belgrade

Schoenberg's ultra-romantic Pelleas und Melisande in Belgrade

By , 10 May 2019
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Davóne Tines © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

Davóne Tines saves the day in the Met Museum’s effective, if dated, El Cimarrón

By , 10 May 2019
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Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sterling Hyltin in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements © Paul Kolnik
New York City

A hit and a miss from Justin Peck and epic Balanchine

By , 10 May 2019
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Thomas Søndergård © Bjarke Johansen
Edinburgh

RSNO's Mahler cycle continues with the Sixth

By , 10 May 2019
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Basingstoke

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in compelling form at the Anvil

By , 10 May 2019
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