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Vladimir Jurowski © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 71: Elegiac, violent, always purposeful Shostakovich from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 06 September 2017
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Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 23 August 2017
****1
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Anna Dowsley (Lucretia) © Zan Wimberley
Sydney

The Repairing of Lucretia at Sydney Chamber Opera

By , 19 August 2017
****1
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Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 13 August 2017
****1
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Prom 32: Four centuries of British music from Ryan Wigglesworth and the BBC NOW

By , 09 August 2017
***11
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Siena

Sarah Connolly brings the best of British to Tuscany

By , 05 August 2017
***11
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Tiler Peck and Marcello Gomes perform George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante © courtesy of The Music Center
Los Angeles

BalletNOW suffers from miscasting and a quality of je ne sais quoi.

By , 28 July 2017
***11
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Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

By , 24 July 2017
***11
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A Child of our Time at the Three Choirs Festival © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Questioning the quintessence of Britain: Elgar, Britten and Tippett at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 22 July 2017
***11
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Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
London

Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder in Wigmore jump-in

By , 22 July 2017
****1
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Bradley Smith (Albert) © Robert Workman
Buxton

Fresh peaches of temptation: Britten's Albert Herring at Buxton

By , 08 July 2017
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Oregon Ballet Theater in Simoneau's Departures © Yi Yin
Portland

Thrilling New Work by Women for Oregon Ballet Theater

By , 29 June 2017
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Adrian Thompson (Mr Upfold), Clarissa Meek (Florence Pike) and Orla Boylan (Lady Billows) © Robert Workman
Alresford

John Copley directs a peach of an Albert Herring for Grange Festival

By , 25 June 2017
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Sam Murray-Sutton
Snape

Opera North sails in to the Aldeburgh Festival with a buoyant revival of Billy Budd

By , 24 June 2017
*****
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A silhouetted fairy © Hugo Glendinning
Snape

A silvery Dream lost among the shadows: Britten at the Aldeburgh Festival

By , 11 June 2017
****1
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Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
Bergen

Psychologically splintered: Stuart Skelton leads a stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

By , 30 May 2017
*****
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Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
Bologna

Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk with Britten's Peter Grimes

By , 18 May 2017
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The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with Long Yu © Guangzhou Symphony
Birmingham

Skin-deep and saccharine: a one-dimensional performance from Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

By , 16 May 2017
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James Conlon © Robert Millard
Washington

Salute to Slava: Shostakovich under the baton of James Conlon

By , 06 April 2017
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Paul Nilon (Aschenbach) and Rauand Taleb (Tadzio) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Elegiac decline of a poet: Graham Vick's new Death in Venice at Deutsche Oper

By , 19 March 2017
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Curlew River © Nan Melville
New York City

Two Operas, One Visionary: Mark Morris at BAM

By , 15 March 2017
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Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Batardon
London

Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley impress in mercurial Debussy

By , 15 March 2017
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Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
London

An instrument finely dissected: Alisa Weilerstein lays bare the cello’s dusky entrails

By , 07 March 2017
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Romance (Ton Simons) © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Contemplative and powerful evening of entertainment; Made in Amsterdam 1

By , 11 February 2017
*****
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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) and Clive Bayley (Dansker) © Javier del Real | Teatro del Real
Madrid

Deborah Warner's new Billy Budd sets a new standard in Madrid

By , 03 February 2017
****1
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Martin Fröst © Mats Mats Bäcker
London

Foot-stomping virtuosity from Martin Fröst and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

By , 02 February 2017
*****
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Mark Padmore © Marco Borggreve
London

Power (and Padmore) to the ECO in Britten, Tippett and Woolrich

By , 21 January 2017
***11
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The Elbphilharmonie © Maxim Schulz
Hamburg

High up and high-end: Hamburg's dazzling new concert hall is inaugurated

By , 12 January 2017
****1
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Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh © Carlos Delgado, Wikicommons
Edinburgh

Ancient and Modern Christmas icons from the SCO Chorus in Edinburgh

By , 15 December 2016
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Jaap van Zweden © Hans van der Woerd
Cleveland

Jaap van Zweden and the Cleveland Orchestra bring freshness to Beethoven’s Fifth

By , 26 November 2016
****1
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

“Hey, nonny no!” Bostridge's Shakespeare Songs at Wigmore Hall

By , 14 November 2016
***11
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

A cold bath: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic explore chilly landscapes

By , 05 November 2016
****1
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voice
Boston

Dem Bones Dem Bones: Thomas Adès leads the Boston Symphony in Britten, Sibelius, and Adès

By , 04 November 2016
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Simone Lamsma © Otto van den Toorn
London

Vänskä turns the heat up for a new Sibelius series with the LPO

By , 19 October 2016
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) and the Chorus of Opera North © Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North's intensely dramatic Billy Budd in Leeds

By , 18 October 2016
****1
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Berlin

Mists of sound: Bostridge's Britten at the Komische Oper

By , 14 October 2016
***11
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Xavier Phillips © Musicaglotz
Seattle

Xavier Phillips glows in Elgar with the Seattle Symphony

By , 01 October 2016
*****
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Ian Bostridge (Peter Quint) and Miah Persson (Governess) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Blank canvas, dark projections: a brooding Turn of the Screw at La Scala

By , 16 September 2016
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 75: Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

By , 10 September 2016
***11
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Johannes Kammler © Erik Berg
Oslo

Frighteningly intense: Calixto Bieito directs a devastating War Requiem in Oslo

By , 10 September 2016
*****
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Matthew Rose (Bottom) and Kathleen Kim (Tytania) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Enchanted Wood: dream of a Dream at Glyndebourne

By , 11 August 2016
*****
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 24: Dazzle and speed from Mena and BBC Philharmonic

By , 02 August 2016
***11
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Julian Milford and Toby Spence © Sam Murray-Sutton
Snape

Boy Donne good: Toby Spence in Tippett and Britten III, Aldeburgh Festival

By , 20 June 2016
***11
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Christopher Lowrey (Oberon) and Nadine Sierra (Tytania) © Tato Baeza | Palau de Les Arts
Valencia

A tingling Midsummer Night in Valencia

By , 18 June 2016
****1
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© Arcadia Quartet
Snape

Music more than words: Britten and Tippett at the Aldeburgh Festival

By , 16 June 2016
***11
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Sarah Tynan © Mark Allan
Snape

Starting as you mean to go on: Britten's Les Illuminations at Aldeburgh Festival

By , 10 June 2016
*****
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Jan Lisiecki © Mathias Bothor
San Francisco

A brilliant night of Britten, Mozart and Dvorak with the San Francisco Symphony

By , 08 June 2016
****1
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Montreal

Britten's War Requiem makes for an heroic season's end for the OSM

By , 25 May 2016
*****
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Owen Wingrave © KK Dundas | RCS
Glasgow

Moving and brilliant: Owen Wingrave at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

By , 09 May 2016
****1
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Chicago

Behind the enigma: Donald Runnicles explores Elgar in Chicago

By , 05 May 2016
***11
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