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London

Prom 43: Dutoit and the RPO pull out all the stops

By , 17 August 2017
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Prom 42: An exotic banquet to savour from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles

By , 16 August 2017
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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Fringe: Hot Chocolate at Old St Pauls is late night food for the soul

By , 16 August 2017
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London

Prom 41: East meets West in Glass/Shankar Passages

By , 15 August 2017
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London

Prom 40: Neatly dovetailed programme from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 August 2017
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Salzburg

Exquisite Uchida plays to her strengths at Salzburg Festival

By , 15 August 2017
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London

Prom 39: Turnage's Hibiki receives European première

By , 14 August 2017
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London

PCM5: Full power from the Latvian Radio Choir with understated excellence from Melnikov

By , 14 August 2017
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Edinburgh

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 13 August 2017
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London

Proms 37/38: A whiff of incense as Dausgaard and the Latvians explore Rachmaninov and religion

By , 13 August 2017
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Lucerne

A supreme command of Mozart and Mahler in Lucerne

By , 13 August 2017
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Pesaro

A new critical edition of Le Siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 13 August 2017
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London

Strikingly dramatic Weir in a convincing première from the BBC Singers and Nash Ensemble

By , 12 August 2017
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Edinburgh

María Pagés Company presents Yo, Carmen at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 12 August 2017
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Edinburgh

Vibrant performances from one of Europe’s oldest orchestras in Edinburgh

By , 12 August 2017
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Pesaro

Political satire: Torvaldo e Dorliska at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 12 August 2017
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Sydney

Old friends in high places: the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain project

By , 12 August 2017
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Lucerne

Beyond usual points of reference: an all-Strauss evening in Lucerne

By , 12 August 2017
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London

Prom 36: A double dose of darkness from Dausgaard and the BBCSSO

By , 12 August 2017
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Cleveland

Gimeno leads the Cleveland Orchestra in Spanish-tinged program at Blossom

By , 12 August 2017
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Pesaro

A frivolous La pietra del paragone at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 11 August 2017
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London

WayneMcGregor, +/- Human

By , 11 August 2017
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London

Prom 34: A sharp, crisp Oklahoma! at the Proms

By , 11 August 2017
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Edinburgh

Nicola Benedetti and Budapest Festival Orchestra in a legendary partnership in Edinburgh

By , 10 August 2017
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Sydney

Verdi's Requiem given an operatic take in Sydney

By , 10 August 2017
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Melbourne

Bartók and Shostakovich with power and precision in Melbourne

By , 10 August 2017
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London

Prom 33: Nordic noir meets German Expressionism

By , 10 August 2017
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Sydney

The time has come: Jonas Kaufmann conquers Sydney as Parsifal

By , 09 August 2017
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London

Prom 32: Four centuries of British music from Ryan Wigglesworth and the BBC NOW

By , 09 August 2017
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Salzburg

Netrebko triumphs as musical performances transcend Salzburg Festival staging of Aida

By , 09 August 2017
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Salzburg

Skilfully constructed: William Kentridge's new Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival

By , 08 August 2017
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London

An evening of Contrasts from the Mariinsky Ballet

By , 08 August 2017
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London

Prom 31: An intoxicating La Damnation de Faust from Gardiner and the ORR

By , 08 August 2017
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London

Lust, silk and strangulation: Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy

By , 07 August 2017
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Salzburg

Socking the audience between the eyes: Nelsons and Trifonov at the Salzburg Festival

By , 07 August 2017
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London

Prom 30: Innovation, fantasy and Old Testament excess from Bournemouth

By , 07 August 2017
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London

PCM4: Edgar Moreau and Il Pomo d'Oro bring Baroque cello to the BBC Proms

By , 07 August 2017
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Edinburgh

Memorable and epic Die Walküre at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 06 August 2017
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London

Prom 29: Twilight of the Old Believers as Semyon Bychkov leads a majestic Khovanshchina

By , 06 August 2017
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Drottningholm

A night of deceit and fun: Così fan tutte at Drottningholm

By , 05 August 2017
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Seattle

Trying to rethink Madama Butterfly at Seattle Opera

By , 05 August 2017
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Cooperstown

Francesca Zambello’s Porgy and Bess successfully revived at Glimmerglass

By , 05 August 2017
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Perth

Fanfares and percussion from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

By , 04 August 2017
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London

Duel of duos: Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri, Mascagni's Zanetto

By , 03 August 2017
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London

Prom 26: Paavo Järvi’s baton permeates a nexus of tight-knit shapes

By , 03 August 2017
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London

Tolstoy speed read: Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina with the Mariinsky Ballet

By , 03 August 2017
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Martina Franca

Alessandro Talevi offers an updated Margherita d'Anjou at the Festival della Valle d'Itria

By , 02 August 2017
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Ernen

Chamber music in an incomparable setting: Musikdorf Ernen lights up the sky

By , 02 August 2017
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London

Prom 24: A monumental assault on the senses from Crebassa, Salonen and Philharmonia

By , 02 August 2017
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London

Prom 23: An evening of angelic choruses

By , 01 August 2017
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