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Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Outrageous fortune: A stellar opening night for La forza del destino at Covent Garden

By , 21 March 2019
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Samantha Quillish (Iolanta) and Shengzhi Ren (Vaudémont) © Robert Workman
London

Emotion and mayhem: a golden double bill from Royal Academy Opera

By , 18 March 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Musacchio & Ianniello | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
London

Sex and subversion: Barbara Hannigan and the LSO

By , 17 March 2019
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Cira Robinson,Sayaka Ichikawa and artists of Ballet Black in Ingoma © Bill Cooper
London

Ballet Black: Pendulum / CLICK! / INGOMA at the Barbican

By , 16 March 2019
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Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
London

Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

By , 15 March 2019
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Introdans in Polish Pieces © Hans Gerritsen
London

Dutch Masters: The welcome return of Introdans to London

By , 15 March 2019
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Bernard Haitink © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Bohemian Rhapsody: Haitink rocks 90 with the LSO

By , 14 March 2019
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Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
London

Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

By , 14 March 2019
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© Chris Christodoulou
London

Who knew desert islands could be such tuneful fun? Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe at the RCM

By , 13 March 2019
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Marcelo Gomes and Diana Vishneva in Bigonzetti's Vertigo © Daniil Golovkin
London

Context: Diana Vishneva's tour de force at Sadler's Wells

By , 12 March 2019
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Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
London

A Grand Master returns: Maurizio Pollini at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 12 March 2019
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Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Haitink at 90: Extraordinary Bruckner with the LSO

By , 10 March 2019
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Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A potent concoction: Macbeth is ETO's hit of the season

By , 09 March 2019
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Berlioz's Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral © Martin Kendrick
London

Berlioz's Requiem: Nelson's sublime anniversary tribute to one of France's greatest sons

By , 08 March 2019
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Catherine Carby, ETO Chorus and Galina Averina © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Here be monsters: a bracing new Idomeneo from English Touring Opera

By , 08 March 2019
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NDCW in Fernando Melo's Afterimage © Rhys Cozens
London

Refreshing perspectives from National Dance Company of Wales

By , 08 March 2019
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BBC Singers and Kabantu at Cutty Sark © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Fusion at the Cutty Sark

By , 08 March 2019
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Arcadi Volodos © Marco Borggreve | Sony Classical
London

Technical excellence but muted expressivity: Arcadi Volodos at the Barbican

By , 07 March 2019
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George Benjamin and Ensemble Modern in rehearsal at the Roundhouse © Wigmore Hall
London

Blazing colours and dark intensity from Ensemble Modern at the Roundhouse

By , 06 March 2019
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Balletboyz in Them/Us © George Piper
London

BalletBoyz presents striking new choreography in London

By , 06 March 2019
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
London

Darkness and daylight from the RPO, Rafael Payare and Lise de la Salle

By , 05 March 2019
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Artists of the Royal Ballet in Frankenstein © ROH, 2019 | Andrej Uspenski
London

Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein is back at The Royal Ballet

By , 05 March 2019
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Valery Gergiev © Valentin Baranovsky
London

An ideal troika at Cadogan Hall: Tchaikovsky, Gergiev and the Mariinsky

By , 04 March 2019
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

Pappano and the LSO bring the Italians out of the opera pit

By , 03 March 2019
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Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Precision and transparency from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO in Ligeti

By , 02 March 2019
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Mary Plazas (Elisabetta) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

An uneven Elisabetta from English Touring Opera

By , 02 March 2019
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Sarah Tynan (Hanna) © Clive Barda
London

Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow

By , 01 March 2019
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London

Hell is other people – Wim Vandekeybus’ Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour

By , 01 March 2019
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Ely Braund and Nicholas Shikkis in Lawrance's Detour © Chris Nash
London

Richard Alston Dance Company shines in Sadler's Wells mixed bill

By , 01 March 2019
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William Sharma (Puck), Madison Nonoa (Tytania) and Collin Shay (Oberon) © Clive Barda
London

“Lord what fools these mortals be”: Britten's Dream haunts the Guildhall School

By , 01 March 2019
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Musical painting from Marianne Crebassa, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 February 2019
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Silan Riener and ensemblein Tesseract © Ray Felix EMPAC
London

Charles Atlas,Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener's Tesseract disappoints at the Barbican

By , 28 February 2019
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Andreas Ottensamer © Lars Borges
London

Diamond-hard German Romantics from Ottensamer, Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 February 2019
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Nicholas Merryweather (Robin Hood) © Robert Workman
London

Robin Hood: a satirical new opera in Peckham

By , 27 February 2019
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Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
London

Passion and playfulness in an engaging programme from Joshua Bell

By , 27 February 2019
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Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

There's no disguising it: duplicity and deceit as Così fan tutte returns to the Royal Opera

By , 25 February 2019
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
London

Social turmoil and a personal meditation: Kirill Gerstein at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 February 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Salonen shines as both composer and conductor with the Philharmonia

By , 24 February 2019
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Sophie Karthäuser © Alvaro Yanez
London

Clara Schumann's songs: an evening of pure delight

By , 22 February 2019
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Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
London

Brecon Baroque celebrates women composers at Kings Place

By , 22 February 2019
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Andrey Berexin Julie Shanahan and Tsai Chin Yu in Bon Voyage Bob © Mats Bäcker
London

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch brings Bon Voyage, Bob… to London

By , 22 February 2019
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Oramo and the BBCSO offer three Austrians from three centuries

By , 22 February 2019
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Philippe Herreweghe © Michael Hendryckx
London

Herreweghe's one-of-a-kind “Jupiter” with the Philharmonia

By , 21 February 2019
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Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Hel) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

The Monstrous Child: Norse hell in the depths of the Royal Opera House

By , 21 February 2019
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Zakir Hussain © Jim McGuire
London

Safety first: the Symphony Orchestra of India makes its London debut

By , 20 February 2019
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Ádám Fischer conducts the Vienna Philharmonic © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Fever pitch intensity from Fischer and the Vienna Phil in Mahler 9

By , 20 February 2019
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Elīna Garanča © Holger Hage | DG
London

Crushed velvet: Elīna Garanča holds Wigmore Hall spellbound

By , 17 February 2019
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Daniil Trifonov, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Doug Peters
London

Dancing to disaster with Rattle and the LSO

By , 17 February 2019
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
London

From the cradle to the grave: German Romantics from the Nash Ensemble

By , 16 February 2019
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Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
London

Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

By , 15 February 2019
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