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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
London

Ashkenazy and the Southbank Sinfonia: enthusiasm, but a lack of profundity

By , 16 October 2018
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Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
London

With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess

By , 11 October 2018
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Julie Cunningham's m/y © Johan Persson
London

Julie Cunningham/ Botis Seva/ Alesandra Seutin: Reckonings at Sadler's Wells

By , 11 October 2018
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Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
London

Canellakis, Aimard and the London Philharmonic escape to the country

By , 10 October 2018
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Andris Nelsons © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

Nelsons’ manicured Mahler a slow burn with the Gewandhaus

By , 09 October 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

Mahler power, trumpet power: the Gewandhausorchester in London

By , 08 October 2018
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Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
London

The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

By , 08 October 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Viktor Erik Emanuel | Kings Place
London

Spellbinding intimacy from Kolesnikov at Kings Place

By , 06 October 2018
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Katie Bray (Zenobia) and Grant Doyle (Tiridate) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO's Radamisto: Uneven Handel in Hackney

By , 06 October 2018
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Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

Divine ire: two ballets inspired by Greek myth from the LPO

By , 06 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Epilogue © Bill Cooper
London

William Forsythe offers us A Quiet Evening of Dance

By , 04 October 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
London

Rachmaninov with an authentic Russian flavour at Cadogan Hall

By , 04 October 2018
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Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges | Sony Classical
London

Britten's War Requiem floods Westminster Cathedral with compassion

By , 03 October 2018
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Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

By , 02 October 2018
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Carlos Acosta in Bruce's Rooster © Tristram Kenton
London

Carlos Acosta: A Celebration

By , 02 October 2018
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Stephen Milling (Hagen) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

Milling’s powerful Hagen drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung

By , 01 October 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Eclecticism and excitement as Salonen continues his late Romantic traversal

By , 30 September 2018
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at the Royal Opera

By , 29 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
London

Skelton and Connolly impress in Das Lied von der Erde under Jurowski

By , 29 September 2018
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

End of the world hysteria launches Philharmonia season opener

By , 27 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre

By , 26 September 2018
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

Not with a whimper but a bang: the LPO, Adès and Gerstein launch the new season

By , 26 September 2018
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Avant Garde Dance in Fagin's Twist © Rachel Cherry
London

Avant Garde Dance Company's Fagin's Twist is back at The Place

By , 25 September 2018
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
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Hugo Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
London

Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt completely infectious at Kings Place

By , 21 September 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
London

A modest virtuoso: James Ehnes at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 September 2018
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ENB in Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land © Laurent Liotardo
London

ENB's Lest We Forget opens at Sadler's Wells

By , 20 September 2018
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Alexander Melnikov © Marco Borggreve
London

A great Wigmore evening with Alexander Melnikov and Cuarteto Casals

By , 20 September 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

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

By , 19 September 2018
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Alla Snizova (C Hopuy) and Mikhail Mypansarov (R Vega)  in Tchaikovsky PDD (after G Balanchine) © Emma Kauldhar
London

The Trocks continue to delight London

By , 18 September 2018
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Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

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

By , 18 September 2018
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Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
London

A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

By , 18 September 2018
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Nicholas Collon, Marcus Farnsworth and the Aurora Orchestra © Nick Rutter
London

Scintillating Beethoven and Gruber from Aurora Orchestra

By , 16 September 2018
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Mary Bevan © Victoria Cadisch
London

Ravel's friends and rivals at Wigmore Hall

By , 15 September 2018
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The Little Humpback Horse © Zoran Jelenic
London

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

By , 11 September 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

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

By , 09 September 2018
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Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
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Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

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

By , 06 September 2018
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Antoine Tamestit and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

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

By , 05 September 2018
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Timothy Edlin (Caliban) and Frances Gregory (Sycorax) © Robert Workman
London

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

By , 05 September 2018
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Shantala Shivalingappa and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Play © Koen Broos
London

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Shantala Shivalingappa: Play

By , 04 September 2018
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Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
London

Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

By , 04 September 2018
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
London

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

By , 03 September 2018
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The Berlin Philharmonic Soloists © Mark Pullinger
London

Gallic fare from the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists at Cadogan Hall

By , 03 September 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

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

By , 03 September 2018
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Susan Graham, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
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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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

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

By , 02 September 2018
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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 66: Kirill Petrenko makes belated Proms debut

By , 01 September 2018
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