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Daisy Brown (Tytania) © Ali Wright
Market Harborough

Magic from the pit in Nevill Holt Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By , 12 June 2019
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Lloyd Winters
London

Singing animals, heroic lumberjacks, pure melody and riotous entertainment in ENO's Paul Bunyan

By , 09 May 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Blazing Mahler from Simon Rattle and the LSO

By , 08 May 2019
****1
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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at The Royal Opera

By , 23 April 2019
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The Sixteen © Firedog
Sydney

The Sixteen bring British vocal music to Australia

By , 09 March 2019
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Bury Court Opera's The Turn of the Screw © Robert Workman
Farnham

A darkly atmospheric Turn of the Screw from Bury Court Opera

By , 09 March 2019
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William Sharma (Puck), Madison Nonoa (Tytania) and Collin Shay (Oberon) © Clive Barda
London

“Lord what fools these mortals be”: Britten's Dream haunts the Guildhall School

By , 01 March 2019
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John Lill © Askonas Holt
Liverpool

John Lill celebrates his 75th birthday in Liverpool

By , 16 February 2019
***11
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
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Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in George Balanchine's Rubies © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet struts its stuff at Gala #86

By , 23 January 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Folksongs, sung songs and songful Brahms from Britten Sinfonia

By , 17 January 2019
****1
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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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Montreal

Montreal's Choeur Métropolitain shines in their Singing As One concert

By , 23 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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Jaap van Zweden © Steven Pisano
New York City

Rarely played Britten, forceful Shostakovich at the New York Philharmonic

By , 29 November 2018
****1
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Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Cologne

An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

By , 28 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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Andrew Manze, Ed Lyon and Benjamin Appl © Mark McNulty
Liverpool

Striking intimacy from Britten's War Requiem in Liverpool

By , 10 November 2018
****1
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Ailish Tynan © RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonic Choir
Dublin

Britten's War Requiem receives a searing performance in Dublin

By , 09 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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The Sixteen © Firedog
Durham

The Sixteen's Round-Britten Choral Pilgrimage reaches Durham

By , 26 October 2018
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Doric String Quartet at Snape Maltings © Matt Jolly | Snape Maltings
Snape

Scintillating Britten from the Doric String Quartet at Snape Maltings

By , 20 October 2018
*****
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Amsterdam

An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 11 October 2018
****1
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Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium

By , 05 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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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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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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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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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
London

Prom 34: Mena bids farewell to BBC Philharmonic in dynamic Anglo-American programme

By , 08 August 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Blissful daydreams on a hot afternoon: lullabies and dreams from Connolly and Middleton

By , 06 August 2018
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Donald Runnicles conducting the World Orchestra for Peace © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: A lively Beethoven 9 from Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace

By , 21 July 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Cleveland

Storgårds leads Cleveland Orchestra in intriguing Blossom program

By , 15 July 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Berlin

Restless spirits: Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem in Berlin

By , 26 June 2018
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Daniel Alexander Sidhom (Miles) © Johan Persson
London

Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park: ENO's The Turn of the Screw

By , 25 June 2018
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 09 June 2018
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Rafael Payare © Bjørn Bertheussen
Belfast

Payare and Ulster Orchestra play to a full house in season finale

By , 01 June 2018
****1
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Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

By , 25 May 2018
*****
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The vindication of a neglected masterpiece: a landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

By , 14 April 2018
*****
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Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
London

Intense Elgar from Isserlis, with the RPO woodwinds as equal stars of the show

By , 04 April 2018
****1
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
Vienna

Artistic prowess from Hrůša, Andsnes and the Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein

By , 21 March 2018
***11
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Mark Padmore © Marco Borggreve
Snape

Present for the future: a hansel at Snape Maltings

By , 15 March 2018
****1
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John Chest © Andrey Stoycher
London

A Winter Journey with John Chest and Marcelo Amaral at Wigmore Hall

By , 13 March 2018
****1
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George Longworth (Puck) and Timothy Morgan (Oberon) © Chris Christodoulou
London

Benjamin Britten's recurring Dream, this time at the Royal College of Music

By , 05 March 2018
***11
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
****1
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Manze and Fox’s brilliant Britten

By , 18 January 2018
*****
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Štefan Margita	 (Captain Vere) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

Anchors askew in Prague

By , 18 January 2018
***11
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Scotch Beasts and other forms of Britishness in Philadelphia's Winter Festival

By , 11 January 2018
****1
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David Hallberg in Robbins' Other Dances © Rosalie O’Connor
New York City

Unexpected dream pairing in Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances

By , 22 October 2017
****1
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Janine Jansen © Marco Borggreve
London

On the edge of the precipice: Britten and Mahler from Janine Jansen, Semyon Bychkov and the LSO

By , 05 October 2017
****1
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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra © Ash & James Photography (2015)
Arden Hills

Creation on the quick: masterpieces composed in a hurry from the Saint Paul CO

By , 01 October 2017
****1
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