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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Chicago

Behind the enigma: Donald Runnicles explores Elgar in Chicago

By , 05 May 2016
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Allison Bell © Felipe Pagani
London

Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala to celebrate The Bard

By , 23 April 2016
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Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
Vienna

Shock of the new: Cornelius Meister and the Vienna RSO on new days, new seasons, new compositions

By , 09 April 2016
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
Leeds

Leeds Lieder's Songs of the Sea leaves audience buoyant

By , 01 April 2016
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Sascha Goetzel © Harald Hoffmann
Istanbul

New sounds and soundscapes in Istanbul: Britten and Takemitsu

By , 31 March 2016
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Karina Gauvin © Michael Slobodian
Amsterdam

Karina Gauvin in Debussy’s unforgettable Ariettes in Amsterdam

By , 22 March 2016
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Josep-Ramon Olivé (Tarquinius) and Bethan Langford (Lucretia) © Clive Barda
London

Survivor's guilt: Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Guildhall School

By , 22 February 2016
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Elias String Quartet © Benjamin Ealovega
Brighton

Haydn, Mendelssohn, Britten... and passing seagulls: Elias Quartet in Brighton

By , 21 February 2016
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Eivind Gullberg Jensen © Paul Bernhard
Dublin

Inextinguishable force of life: Jensen conducts a riveting Nielsen

By , 29 January 2016
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Gieorgij Puchalski (John) and Agneta Eichenholz (Ellen) © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

Forceful Peter Grimes a must-see at Theater an der Wien

By , 14 December 2015
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Paavo Järvi © Ixi Chen
Amsterdam

Paavo Järvi and Baiba Skride join the RCO for great Britten and Ravel

By , 11 December 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic embark on an “American Adventure”

By , 04 December 2015
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Gabriela Montero © Shelley Mosman
Manchester

Gabriela Montero and Manchester Camerata move and entertain in Pärt, Mozart, Piazzolla and Britten

By , 22 November 2015
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Eva-Maria Westbroek © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera toasts its 50th birthday

By , 06 November 2015
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Sydney Symphony Orchestra © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Mozart and the Brits in Sydney

By , 05 November 2015
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Sophie Bevan (The Governess) © Matt Jolly | Aldeburgh Music
London

Star turn: a formidably cast presentation of Britten’s Screw

By , 26 October 2015
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Tasmin Little © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Bernstein's Serenade a highlight of the BBC Phil's celebration

By , 09 October 2015
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Sophie Siem
Birmingham

A fine display of British composing and conducting talent in Birmingham

By , 07 October 2015
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Emily Beynon © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 54: Andrew Watts and Emily Beynon create deep impressions in two Proms premières

By , 25 August 2015
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Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 34 Turbulent storms: Grimes revisited and earthy Prokofiev from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

By , 10 August 2015
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Patrick Terry (Oberon) and Mizuho Takeshita (Tytania) © Daniel Johanson
Chicago

Chicago Summer Opera brings Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream to Mayne Stage

By , 20 July 2015
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The Firebird at the Ten Pieces Prom © BBC | Guy Levy
London

Proms 2 & 3: Ten Pieces a hit with young audience

By , 19 July 2015
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Seattle

An unusual and moving evening at Seattle's Summer Chamber Music Festival

By , 17 July 2015
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Duncan Rock (Tarquinius) and Christine Rice (Lucretia) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Dark deeds under the microscope: Britten's Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne

By , 05 July 2015
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Sandrine Piau (Tytania) with the Trinity Boys Choir © Patrick Berger
Aix-en-Provence

Robert Carsen's legendary production returns to its birthplace with a Dream cast

By , 04 July 2015
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Nick Pritchard (Albert) © Chris Christodoulou
London

A very wicked village: Britten's Albert Herring at the Royal College of Music

By , 02 July 2015
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London

Midsummer Night Fever: a 1970s Dream at Trinity Laban

By , 01 July 2015
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Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood in Infra © ROH / Bill Cooper
New York City

The Royal Ballet’s Gala Sandwich Program

By , 27 June 2015
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Alban Berg
Cleveland

George Crumb's Makrokosmos III highlights “Music for a Summer Evening” at ChamberFest Cleveland

By , 25 June 2015
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William Dazeley as the Old Gondolier, Paul Nilon as Aschenbach © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Death in Venice at Garsington

By , 21 June 2015
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Auckland

Celebrating with the Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble in Auckland

By , 12 June 2015
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New York City

Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones delight at Carnegie Hall

By , 15 May 2015
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London

“Blow, bugle, blow”: Evocative Britten from Mark Padmore and Katy Woolley

By , 10 May 2015
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Zürich

Balanchine, Van Manen and Kylián: On the jaw-dropping human condition

By , 10 May 2015
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Leeds

A Garland of Song: Carolyn Sampson is stunning in Leeds Lieder

By , 25 April 2015
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Manchester

An understated production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RNCM

By , 21 March 2015
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London

Impish Shostakovich and epic Sibelius from Yuja Wang, MTT and the LSO

By , 15 March 2015
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Madrid

A retreating world: War Requiem at Teatro Real

By , 12 March 2015
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Brighton

Imaginative and intelligent programming from the Britten Oboe Quartet in Brighton

By , 22 February 2015
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Leeds

The Trondheim Soloists present a sweeping performance of Bartók and Britten in Leeds

By , 14 February 2015
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Glasgow

A visit to the French Embassy for the RSNO and Gilbert Varga

By , 07 February 2015
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Birmingham

James Ehnes and Andrew Litton enthuse with the CBSO in an all-English programme

By , 10 December 2014
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Madrid

The universalization of Britten: Death in Venice in Madrid

By , 04 December 2014
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Poole

Sea Pictures from the Bournemouth SO and Bakels

By , 03 December 2014
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Berlin

In Berlin Claus Guth's Screw turns differently

By , 15 November 2014
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London

Hilarity with a sharp edge: Albert Herring at Hampstead Garden Opera

By , 15 November 2014
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Berlin

Fiona Shaw brings theatre into the opera house in The Rape of Lucretia

By , 14 November 2014
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Zürich

Best of Britten: Resident evil in The Turn of the Screw

By , 12 November 2014
****1
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Gateshead

Britten in Gateshead: The North East's War Requiem

By , 08 November 2014
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London

Amidst the fields of poppies: The Royal Ballet's commemorative programme.

By , 07 November 2014
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