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London

Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO in energetic Sibelius 5

By , 19 September 2018
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London

The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle and the LSO launch their season

By , 18 September 2018
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London

A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

By , 18 September 2018
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Vienna

Magical musicianship, but drab direction: Alcina at Theater an der Wien

By , 17 September 2018
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London

Scintillating Beethoven and Gruber from Aurora Orchestra

By , 16 September 2018
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Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 September 2018
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Leeds

A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

By , 16 September 2018
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Sydney

Transformers: big works in disguise from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 September 2018
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Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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London

Ravel's friends and rivals at Wigmore Hall

By , 15 September 2018
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Belfast

Rafael Payare opens his final Ulster Orchestra season

By , 14 September 2018
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Dublin

Trevino leads powerful Mahler Second in Dublin

By , 14 September 2018
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Prague

A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

By , 14 September 2018
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Dublin

Scene-stealing villains in Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

By , 14 September 2018
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Houston

A confused “Resurrection” at the Houston Symphony

By , 13 September 2018
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Budapest

Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

By , 13 September 2018
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Zürich

The earthly and the transcendental: Berg and Mahler at the Tonhalle Maag

By , 12 September 2018
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Birmingham

Collision of the Old and New World brings fireworks to the CBSO's season opener

By , 12 September 2018
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Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
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London

Les Ballets Trockadero's UK tour opens with a bang at the Peacock

By , 11 September 2018
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Hamburg

A celebratory platter of Polish music in the Elbphilharmonie

By , 10 September 2018
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London

Ax/Kavakos/Ma: An all-star afternoon of Brahms at the Barbican

By , 09 September 2018
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Antwerp

Radiant Vilde Frang opens Antwerp season

By , 09 September 2018
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Lucerne

Elegy, energy and epic dimensions: Dvořák and Brahms in Lucerne

By , 08 September 2018
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Hamburg

Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

By , 08 September 2018
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Amsterdam

Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

By , 08 September 2018
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Berlin

Beyond contemporary Ballet: Stijn Celis, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar open the Staatsballett Berlin's new season

By , 07 September 2018
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London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
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Dun Laoghaire

A gripping Return of Ulysses from Opera Collective Ireland and the Akadamie für Alte Musik

By , 07 September 2018
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Lahti

Sibelius Festival in Lahti opens with Swanwhite rarity

By , 06 September 2018
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London

Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from Oundjian and the RSNO

By , 06 September 2018
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London

Prom 71: Byron's Harold the unlikely star in Gardiner's Berlioz bonanza

By , 05 September 2018
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London

The Enchanted Island a rich and strange Baroque confection from British Youth Opera

By , 05 September 2018
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London

Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

By , 04 September 2018
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London

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Shantala Shivalingappa: Play

By , 04 September 2018
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London

New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

By , 03 September 2018
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London

Gallic fare from the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists at Cadogan Hall

By , 03 September 2018
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London

Prom 69: Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss of Shostakovich 4

By , 03 September 2018
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London

Prom 67: Nelsons and the BSO's Mahler Third is a model of clarity, but short on the killer punch

By , 02 September 2018
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London

Prom 68: Extraordinary music-making from Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 02 September 2018
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Stockholm

Congratulations, Esa-Pekka! Baltic Sea Festival celebrates a cherished conductor

By , 01 September 2018
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London

Prom 66: Kirill Petrenko makes belated Proms debut

By , 01 September 2018
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Milan

Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala in an Academy staging

By , 01 September 2018
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Berlin

Stumbling into the unknown without Pina: Tanztheater Wuppertal in Alan Lucien Øyen:'s New Piece II in Berlin

By , 31 August 2018
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London

Prom 65: Bychkov shines in Berio’s '60’s fantasy

By , 31 August 2018
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Hong Kong

Energetic Rachmaninov under Jaap van Zweden in Hong Kong

By , 31 August 2018
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Stockholm

Jesper Nordin’s new large-scale multimedia work disappoints in Stockholm

By , 31 August 2018
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Stockholm

Šerkšnytė's Songs of Sunset and Dawn intoxicates at the Baltic Sea Festival

By , 30 August 2018
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London

Prom 64: Lise Davidsen shines in an awesome Verdi Requiem with the LPO

By , 30 August 2018
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London

Prom 62: An orchestral kaleidoscope from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 29 August 2018
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