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Pierre-François Dollé and Caroline Copeland © Kathy Wittman
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Demons and monsters: Rameau at the Boston Early Music Festival

By , 13 June 2019
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Jennifer Johnson Cano (Offred) © Liza Voll
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No balm in Gilead: Boston Lyric Opera presents The Handmaid’s Tale

By , 05 May 2019
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Baiba Skride, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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Pranks, puppets, and the cosmos with Baiba Skride and Andris Nelsons in Boston

By , 03 May 2019
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Andris Nelsons leads Daniil Trifonov and the Boston SO in Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto © Hilary Scott
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A thrilling Slavic ride from Daniil Trifonov, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 26 April 2019
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Kirsten Chambers © Kathy Wittman
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Redemption through recollection: Odyssey Opera’s Die ägyptische Helena

By , 19 April 2019
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Aquiles Machado, James Burton and Gustavo Castillo © Roberto Torres
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Boston Creole: Berlioz, Ravel and Estévez with the Boston Symphony

By , 11 April 2019
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Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall © Hilary Scott
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Rites of Spring Stravinsky and Schumann with Dudamel and the Boston Symphony

By , 05 April 2019
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Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
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Also sprach Richard Strauss, Renée Fleming, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 14 March 2019
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Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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A dance with past and present: Adès premieres his Piano Concerto in Boston

By , 09 March 2019
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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The healing power of faith: Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater in Boston

By , 01 March 2019
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Kristine Opolais in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the BSO © Winslow Townson
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Twilight raptures: Boulanger, Debussy and Suor Angelica with Nelsons, Opolais, and the BSO

By , 21 February 2019
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Mireille Asselin (Elena) and Meghan Lindsay (Paride) © Kathy Wittman
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Reform romcom: Odyssey Opera’s Paride ed Elena

By , 15 February 2019
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Copland's Third Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Adventures in programming: Wilson, Szymanowski and Copland with Batiashvili, Nelsons and the BSO

By , 08 February 2019
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Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni © Robert Torres
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No Tenors Allowed: Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni at Jordan Hall

By , 01 February 2019
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Kaija Saariaho © Robert Torres
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Northern lights: John Storgårds leads the Boston Symphony in Saariaho, Mozart, and Sibelius

By , 25 January 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Beguiling Haydn and transcendent Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt in Boston

By , 18 January 2019
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John Harbison following the performance of his Second Symphony © Hilary Scott
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To sleep, perchance to dream? Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison's Second Symphony

By , 10 January 2019
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Shiyeon Sung © Robert Torres
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The Mendelssohns and Dvořák with Shiyeon Sung and the Boston Symphony

By , 04 January 2019
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus © Winslow Townson
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Belated Bach: Boston Symphony debuts the Christmas Oratorio

By , 30 November 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony in Beethoven © Robert Torres
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Sturm und drollery: Nelsons' Beethoven in Boston

By , 23 November 2018
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Bernarda Fink, Andris Nelsons, Ying Fang and the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Primeval Light, Redeeming Light: Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony in Mahler and Einfelde

By , 26 October 2018
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Ken-David Masur and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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Masterful Masur conducts Harbison, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev with the Boston Symphony

By , 18 October 2018
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A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

By , 11 October 2018
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Kevin Thompson, Kara Shay Thompson and Dominick Chenes © Keira Cronin
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A glorious Odyssey Opera restoration: Gounod's La Reine de Saba

By , 22 September 2018
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Lia Cirio and Boston Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Liza Voll | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
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An Imperial ballet for the 21st century in Boston

By , 11 May 2018
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Vincent Turregano, Mara Bonde and Neal Ferreira © Liza Voll
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Strangers in Paradise: Boston Lyric Opera’s Trouble in Tahiti

By , 11 May 2018
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Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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Brahms in the twilight: Haitink and Ax with the Boston Symphony

By , 05 May 2018
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Daniel Sutin (Giacomo) and Haeran Hong (Giovanna) © Kathy Wittman
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Maid in Heaven: Odyssey Opera’s Giovanna d’Arco

By , 07 April 2018
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Andris Nelsons, Camilla Nylund, Jonas Kaufmann and the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
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The light of love, the darkness of desire: all-Wagner program with Kaufmann and Nylund in Boston

By , 05 April 2018
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Yo-Yo Ma, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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An irascible Don and a Widmann première in Boston

By , 30 March 2018
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AAADT in Revelations © Gert Krautbauer
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Alvin Ailey: American Dance Theater

By , 24 March 2018
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James Maddalena (Jonathan Peachum), Kelly Kaduce (Polly Peachum) and Michelle Trainor (Mrs Peachum) © Liza Voll Photography
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A muffled scream in the night: The Threepenny Opera at Boston Lyric Opera

By , 18 March 2018
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Boston Ballet in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet © Rosalie O'Connor
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Boston Ballet revives Cranko's Romeo and Juliet

By , 17 March 2018
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Paulo Arrais and Lia Cirio in Elo's Bach Cello Suites © Rosalie O'Connor
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Parts in Suite : A carefully curated contemporary program in Boston

By , 10 March 2018
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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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The triumphant alchemy of age, experience and Mozart: Herbert Blomstedt and the Boston Symphony

By , 23 February 2018
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Jacques Lacombe © Fred Stucker
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A Ravel rave with Jacques Lacombe and the Boston Symphony

By , 15 February 2018
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Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony © Michael Blanchard
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Andris Nelsons leads Leipzig Week in Boston

By , 10 February 2018
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Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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More than A Little Night Music: Mozart and Shostakovich in Boston

By , 01 February 2018
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Susan Graham, Andris Nelsons and the BSO © Winslow Townson
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“What Andris Nelsons Tells Me”: Mahler’s Third in Boston

By , 19 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
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Roth charts the emergence of the modern in Boston

By , 12 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth and Benjamin Grosvenor © Aram Boghosian
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Revelatory, period-style Beethoven from François- Xavier Roth and the Boston Symphony

By , 06 January 2018
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© Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy of Boston Ballet
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The Nutcracker: Boston Ballet's elegant take on a Christmas classic

By , 03 December 2017
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
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Panoramas, Potions and Prokofiev: Leonidas Kavakos, Andris Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony

By , 01 December 2017
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Rudolf Buchbinder © Philipp Horak
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Killer Bs: Beethoven, Bruckner and Buchbinder in Boston

By , 21 November 2017
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Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
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Divine fire and refulgent power: Martin Helmchen, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 17 November 2017
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Jesse Blumberg (Burke), Craig Colclough (Hare) and Marie McLaughlin (Abigail) © Liza Voll Photography
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Attend The Tale of Burke and Hare: a world première at Boston Lyric Opera

By , 08 November 2017
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Paulo Arrais and dancers of Boston Ballet in Wayne McGregor's Obsidian Tear © Rosalie O'Connor | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
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Boston Ballet presents Obsidian Tear and Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius

By , 03 November 2017
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James Westman (Eustachio) © Kathy Wittman
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An American First: Odyssey Opera presents L’assedio di Calais

By , 28 October 2017
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Paul Groves and Charles Dutoit © Hilary Scott
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Hell and Damnation: Dutoit leads The Damnation of Faust with the Boston Symphony

By , 26 October 2017
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Caleb Mayo in Peer Gynt © Robert Torres
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Utter despair and heavenly bliss: Ken-David Masur leads the Boston Symphony in incidental music

By , 19 October 2017
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