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Leonard Slatkin addresses the Hong Kong audience © Ka Lam/HK Phil
Hong Kong

Assured Slatkin takes us on an emotionally compelling journey with the Hong Kong Phil

By , 05 April 2019
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The Jets © Prudence Upton
Sydney

West Side Story: A Manhattan Juke-Box on Sydney Harbour

By , 23 March 2019
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Dido and Aeneas © Robbie McFadzean
Glasgow

Reality TV Dido and Aeneas finds resonance with Trouble in Tahiti at RCS

By , 02 March 2019
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Johannes Moser © Sarah Wijzenbeek
Atlanta

Atlanta Symphony Hall: Shostakovich shock and awe

By , 19 January 2019
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Gan-ya Ben-Gur Akselrod © Tehila Sharafi Cobe
Belfast

Christoph Altstaedt takes Belfast to the City of Dreams

By , 04 January 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Rattle and the LSO on toe-tapping form

By , 13 December 2018
*****
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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
***11
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Allan Clayton (Candide) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Voltaire à la Kosky: a magical Candide at Komische Oper

By , 24 November 2018
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Jago Brazier and Marin Alsop © Nick Cary | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Chichester

Bernstein's Psalms return to Chichester

By , 24 November 2018
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The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
Edinburgh

Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

By , 28 October 2018
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Scene from Lovette's Le Jeune © Marty Sohl
New York City

American Ballet Theatre: Present and Future

By , 27 October 2018
***11
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Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

By , 10 October 2018
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Estonian conductor Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
Liverpool

Transatlantic conversations with Tali directing piano duo Anderson & Roe in Liverpool

By , 05 October 2018
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Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Sydney

Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

By , 29 September 2018
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Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Kansas City

West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

By , 22 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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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra excel in rare Bernstein and popular Shostakovich

By , 27 August 2018
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Wallis Giunta © Dario Acosta
London

Lunch with Lenny: Wallis Giunta in Bernstein and Friends

By , 27 August 2018
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On the Town © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 57: On the Town where score, orchestra and conductor are the stars

By , 25 August 2018
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Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

It's Bernstein’s birthday: Alsop, Benedetti and the Baltimore Symphony celebrate in style

By , 25 August 2018
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Belfast

Ulster Youth Orchestra marks its quarter-century

By , 25 August 2018
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James Baillieu © Clive Barda
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival's Queen's Hall cycle closes with a Bernstein flourish

By , 25 August 2018
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Mikaela Bennett and Ross Lekites © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 38: Superlative playing from the John Wilson Orchestra in West Side Story

By , 11 August 2018
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Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 37: Saluti da Roma as Pappano conducts Bernstein and Mahler

By , 10 August 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

By , 10 August 2018
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Osmo Vänskä © BBC | Chris Chistodoulou
London

Prom 31: An all-American concert from Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä

By , 06 August 2018
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Minnesota Orchestra © Isaac Risseeuw
Minneapolis

A praiseworthy Bernstein Chichester Psalms from the Minnesota Orchestra

By , 01 June 2018
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Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
London

Joyful, showy Bernstein at Cadogan Hall

By , 31 May 2018
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Candide © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Bradford on Avon

Escape to the country: Bernstein's Candide at Iford

By , 29 May 2018
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Keith Lockhart conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Prague Spring | Petra Hajská
Prague

At Prague Spring, a light tribute to a heavyweight

By , 25 May 2018
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Nemanja Radulović © Joanna Stoga
Wrocław

Nemanja Radulović's Barber the highlight of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic's American travels

By , 18 May 2018
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Tomáš Brauner © Zdenek Chrapek
Prague

A powerful commemoration at Prague Spring

By , 14 May 2018
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Vincent Turregano, Mara Bonde and Neal Ferreira © Liza Voll
Boston

Strangers in Paradise: Boston Lyric Opera’s Trouble in Tahiti

By , 11 May 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Edinburgh

RSNO plays American classics for the Bernstein centenary

By , 27 April 2018
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Erin Morley (Cunegonde) © Chris Lee
New York City

Glittering Candide: a celebration at Carnegie Hall

By , 18 April 2018
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
New York City

A Boston Symphony performance at Carnegie Hall marked by Mahler’s shadow

By , 11 April 2018
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Nicholas Carter © Annette Koroll
Adelaide

Adelaide Symphony’s Master Series launches with Saint-Saëns

By , 06 April 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Philadelphia: America's great experiment brought to life in Machover première

By , 05 April 2018
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Robert McDuffie © Giovanni Canitano
Atlanta

A fine performance of Bernstein's Serenade in Atlanta

By , 05 April 2018
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Denis Matsuev © Columbia Artist Management
Lucerne

Schumann, Rachmaninov and Bernstein: all in the rush of spring

By , 25 March 2018
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Robert Tucker (supporting roles) and Amelia Berry (Cunegonde) © Simon Watt
Auckland

Disappointing Candide in Auckland

By , 23 March 2018
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Sebastià Peris i Marco (Sam) and Turiya Haudenhuyse (Dinah) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Trouble in Tahiti and Clemency make an intriguing Dutch National double bill

By , 22 March 2018
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet © Kasskara | Decca
Philadelphia

Anxieties, fantasies and ironies: Thibaudet and Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 16 March 2018
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Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in McGregor's Yugen © Andrej Uspenski | ROH, 2018
London

The Royal Ballet celebrates Bernstein with Yugen/The Age of Anxiety/Corybantic Games

By , 15 March 2018
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François Leleux © Thomas Kost
Edinburgh

François Leleux makes SCO debut as conductor

By , 08 March 2018
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Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall © Chris Lee
New York City

Brisk Brahms from Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

By , 23 February 2018
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Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Houston

Into the mist: Gabel and Houston Symphony captain Corigliano and Ravel

By , 03 February 2018
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Bernstein's Mass with Dudamel © Craig T Mathew | Mathew Imaging courtesy of LA Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles

Bernstein's Mass gushes, swoons and rages under Dudamel in LA

By , 01 February 2018
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Jorge Federico Osorio © Todd Rosenberg
Athens

Mulligan leads a stellar Beethoven “Emperor" Concerto

By , 28 January 2018
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Vadim Gluzman performs Bernstein’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
London

From Plato to Voltaire: the BBCSO’s Bernstein

By , 27 January 2018
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