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Roman Simović, Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

LSO leader leaps in for unscheduled Tchaikovsky concerto

By , 31 March 2019
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Rafael Payare © BGE Rafael Payare
Belfast

Nature versus humanity: Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Shostakovich’s Leningrad

By , 22 March 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Welser-Möst leads Cleveland Orchestra in a mighty Heldenleben

By , 21 March 2019
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Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Boston

Also sprach Richard Strauss, Renée Fleming, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 14 March 2019
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Lise Lindstrom (Salome) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Seven fantasies replace seven veils: a gruesome Salome revived in Sydney

By , 06 March 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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Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
Seville

The Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla connects the written word to music

By , 15 February 2019
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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
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Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
New York City

Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

By , 08 February 2019
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Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO © Peter Meisel
London

Straussian perfection from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO at the Barbican

By , 26 January 2019
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir © Saga Sigurdardottir
Berlin

Exploring extremes: a rich, rewarding programme from Alan Gilbert and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 24 January 2019
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Empathetic truth from the odd couple: Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang at the Southbank

By , 18 January 2019
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Tamara Wilson (Ariadne) and Andreas Schager (Bacchus) © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Welser-Möst unveils a musically superb Ariadne auf Naxos in Cleveland

By , 13 January 2019
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Nicky Spence © David Bebber
London

Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert at Wigmore Hall

By , 28 December 2018
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Sol Gabetta © Uwe Arens
Hamburg

A French orchestral melange with Franck and Gabetta at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 15 December 2018
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Dresden

A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

By , 12 December 2018
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Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
New York City

A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

By , 09 December 2018
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Matthias Goerne, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee
New York City

Strauss and Schubert with Matthias Goerne and the NY Philharmonic

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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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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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Rafael Payare gives Shostakovich 8 a rare airing in Belfast

By , 30 November 2018
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Zürich

The body as a baton: Donald Runnicles conducts a stellar programme in Zurich

By , 21 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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Simone Lamsma and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Belgrade

Simone Lamsma thrills in Bartok's First Violin Concerto in Belgrade

By , 26 October 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Hallé and Sir Mark Elder bring to life Don Quixote and Elgar 2 in Manchester

By , 25 October 2018
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Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Birmingham

Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 13 October 2018
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Gardner's Zarathustra and the Glagolitic Mass impress in Manchester

By , 11 October 2018
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Franz Welser-Möst directs Lang Lang and The Cleveland Orchestra at the 100th Anniversary Gala. © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Cleveland

Lang Lang headlines Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th anniversary gala

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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Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 September 2018
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Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Sydney

Transformers: big works in disguise from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 September 2018
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Rafael Payare © Luis Cobelo
Belfast

Rafael Payare opens his final Ulster Orchestra season

By , 14 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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Miah Persson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 62: An orchestral kaleidoscope from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 29 August 2018
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Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
London

Prom 51: A rare visit to the world of Per Nørgård

By , 20 August 2018
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Asmik Grigorian (Salome) © Ruth Walz
Salzburg

On the rocks: Castellucci delivers an ice-cold Salome in Salzburg

By , 09 August 2018
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Otto Tausk © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 24: Strong Proms debut from Otto Tausk

By , 01 August 2018
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Ilan Volkov © Astrid Ackermann
London

Prom 21: An Alpensinfonie for the whole family

By , 30 July 2018
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Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
London

Ariadne aus Glasgow: Strauss’ opera gets a few twists at Opera Holland Park

By , 17 July 2018
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Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

By , 13 July 2018
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Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Blissful soprano singing marooned in corporate-land: Ariadne in Aix

By , 04 July 2018
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Anush Hovhannisyan © Vardan Aslanyan
Glasgow

Magnificent 10th birthday: Amicus plays Strauss and Mahler

By , 17 June 2018
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Die Musik by Gustav Klimt © Wikicommons
Vienna

Up close and personal at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna

By , 08 June 2018
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Miah Persson (Countess), Sam Furness (Flamand) in background © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

A gentle, sympathetic Capriccio at Garsington

By , 01 June 2018
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Adrian Angelico (Octavian) © Sara Strandlund
Stockholm

Deception reigns in Christof Loy’s production of Der Rosenkavalier in Stockholm

By , 26 May 2018
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Glyndebourne

Seriously funny, musically transcendent: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

By , 20 May 2018
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Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna

Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

By , 20 May 2018
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Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

By , 19 May 2018
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Charlotte Beament © Boyd Gilmour
London

Strauss on screen: the OAE presents film adaptation of Der Rosenkavalier

By , 17 May 2018
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sparkling Strauss and brilliant Brahms from Søndergård

By , 11 May 2018
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