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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
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Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Rafael Payare

By , 07 December 2018
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Jessica Cottis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Mark Bowden's Sapiens: humanity in music from the London Sinfonietta

By , 07 December 2018
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Blowing away the cobwebs: epic Strauss from Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 06 December 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Requiem: Remembrance connections explored by Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

By , 05 December 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
London

An exceptional Bruckner 2 from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 05 December 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Justin Pumfrey | Decca
London

Uneasy music, utterly riveting: Mitsuko Uchida plays late Schubert

By , 04 December 2018
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Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
London

Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns to launch the festive season

By , 03 December 2018
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Julien Van Mellaerts (The Travelling Companion) and David Horton (John) © Robert Knights
London

“God save us all from goblins”: a rare outing for Stanford's Travelling Companion

By , 30 November 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 30 November 2018
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

By , 30 November 2018
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Ray Chen © John Mac
London

Ray Chen entertains in an uneven night for the Orozco-Estrada and the LPO

By , 30 November 2018
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Jian Wang © Xu Bin
London

Elegant and energetic: pacy Tchaikovsky from Long Yu and the Philharmonia

By , 29 November 2018
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Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Divine Geometry measures up under Kristjan Järvi

By , 29 November 2018
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
London

Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

By , 28 November 2018
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Alexander Shelley © Dwayne Johnson
London

Seeking new horizons with the Royal Philharmonic

By , 27 November 2018
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Dystopian Dreams © Johan Persson
London

Diverse influences of music and dance displayed in Dystopian Dream

By , 27 November 2018
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Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
London

A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème

By , 26 November 2018
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Christine Rice © Patricia Taylor
London

Sumptuous Schumann and bracing Brahms from the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 November 2018
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The Unknown Soldier © ROH | Helen Maybanks
London

Alastair Marriott's The Unknown Soldier is a poignant tribute

By , 22 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
London

Hrůša’s Slavic canvas and the mystery of Kabeláč

By , 22 November 2018
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Arsen Soghomonyan, Ermonela Jaho and the LPO © Russell Duncan
London

Drama in concert: Elder and the LPO in Puccini's Le Willis

By , 21 November 2018
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Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera

By , 16 November 2018
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Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Simon Boccanegra returns

By , 15 November 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Russian pyrotechnics and robust Anglican religion contrast in BBC SO programme

By , 15 November 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

From sunrise to dreamy afternoons: orchestral sorcery from François-Xavier Roth and the LSO

By , 14 November 2018
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MMDG and the Silkroad Ensemble in Layla and Majnun © Susana Millman
London

Mark Morris Dance Group/ Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

By , 14 November 2018
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Lina Dambrauskaite (Semele) © Robert Workman
London

By Jove! A terrific Semele at the Royal Academy of Music

By , 14 November 2018
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Alasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Mysterious and glittering machines from Alasdair Beatson at Kings Place

By , 14 November 2018
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Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
London

Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet at the Barbican

By , 12 November 2018
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Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
London

Remembrance from Pole to Pole: London Sinfonietta revisits Górecki's Third

By , 11 November 2018
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

Mournful and humane Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 11 November 2018
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Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
London

The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

By , 10 November 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Jay Price
London

Debussy, Lindberg, Stravinsky and Janáček speak to war and mortality

By , 10 November 2018
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The Emerson String Quartet © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
London

White-hot intensity from the Emerson Quartet at Milton Court

By , 08 November 2018
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© Courtesy of Southbank Centre
London

Rosie Kay’s Conspiracy Theory: Nietzsche and the Society of the Spectacle

By , 08 November 2018
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Borodin Quartet © Simon Van Boxtel
London

Life out of Death: a celebration of Czech musical defiance from the LPO

By , 07 November 2018
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Valery Gergiev © Alberto Venzago
London

A highly theatrical Tchaikovsky 5 from Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky

By , 05 November 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
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London

A Child's Christmas Poems and Tiger Eggs at Sadler's Wells' Lilian Baylis Studio

By , 03 November 2018
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Matthew Rose © Lena Kern
London

A stylish Rake's Progress from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 03 November 2018
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Michael O’Hare (Widow Simone) and Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet (Lise’s Friends) © Bill Cooper
London

Heart-warming Fille mal gardée from Birmingham Royal Ballet

By , 01 November 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Passionate Shostakovich from Noseda and the LSO

By , 01 November 2018
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Marianela Nuñez (Nikiya) in La bayadère © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
London

Marianela Nuñez shines in a star-studded, polished Bayadère at the Royal Ballet

By , 01 November 2018
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Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
London

Immaculately tailored Ravel and Mussorgsky from Inon Barnatan at the QEH

By , 31 October 2018
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Robert Ames and London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

An apocalyptic spectacle from Robert Ames and the LCO

By , 31 October 2018
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Lionel Bringuier © Simon Pauly
London

The Goldilocks approach to Russian masterworks from Bringuier, Sokolov and the RPO

By , 30 October 2018
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Max Maslen (Le Roi), Tyrone Singleton (Cardinal Mazarin) and artists of BRB in The King Dances © Andrew Ross
London

BRB's Fire and Fury opens at Sadler's Wells

By , 30 October 2018
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Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Luminous decay from Imogen Cooper at Kings Place

By , 28 October 2018
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Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

A Serse like no other from Maxim Emelyanychev and Il pomo d'oro

By , 26 October 2018
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