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Rachael Lloyd (Dido) and Eyra Norman (Belinda) © Tristram Kenton
London

Dido: Purcell's opera renamed and relocated by ENO and the Unicorn Theatre

By , 11 May 2019
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Natalia Osipova (Medusa) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

A bad hair day for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Medusa at the Royal Ballet

By , 08 May 2019
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Baroque brilliance brought to life by Richard Egarr

By , 07 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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Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort © Andy Staples
Adelaide

Thrilling King Arthur from the Gabrieli Consort in Adelaide

By , 18 February 2019
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
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Nicholas Mogg (Aeneas), Alison Manifold and Sky Ingram (Dido) © Richard Hubert Smith
Durham

Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO

By , 22 October 2018
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Kate Louise Macfarlane (Belinda), Bethany Hill (Dido) and Raphael Wong (Aeneas) © Bernard Hull Photography
Bowden

Bethany Hill and Raphael Wong make a great Dido and Aeneas pairing in Adelaide

By , 04 October 2018
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Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

By , 02 October 2018
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Anna Prohaska, Giovanni Antonini and Il giardino armonico © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 26: Modern Queens from Anna Prohaska and Il giardino armonico

By , 02 August 2018
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Hugo Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
London

O/MODƏRNT at Wigmore Hall: A descent into melodrama

By , 07 April 2018
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Karen Cargill © Ken Dundas
Edinburgh

From Naxos to Carthage: Ancient Classical Tales from Karen Cargill and the Scottish Ensemble

By , 20 February 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Manze and Fox’s brilliant Britten

By , 18 January 2018
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Emmanuelle Haïm © Simon Fowler
Los Angeles

Emmanuelle Haïm brings early music to the LA Phil

By , 17 November 2017
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Hamburg

Spanning the centuries with Andrew Manze at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 November 2017
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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
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Elīna Šimkus (Dido) and Anna Chierichetti (Belinda) © Emanuele Pucciarelli
Riga

Dido and Aeneas enjoys a meticulous musical makeover from Christian Frattima in Riga

By , 07 July 2017
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Vox Luminis performs King Arthur at the Aldeburgh Festival © Matt Jolly
Snape

Myth illustrated with music: Purcell's King Arthur at the Aldeburgh Festival

By , 22 June 2017
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Florian Boesch and Franui © Lukas Beck
Amsterdam

Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

By , 21 June 2017
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Catriona Morison © BBC Wales (B Tarr)
Cardiff

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017: A Thrilling Finale

By , 18 June 2017
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Oihana Vesga Bujan and Liam Riddic, Tangent © Chris Nash
London

Richard Alston Dance Company draws inspiration from around the world in diverse triple bill.

By , 16 June 2017
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Harry Bicket © Richard Haughton
Cleveland

Harry Bicket charms with all-Baroque Cleveland Orchestra program

By , 30 March 2017
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© Johannes Fischer
Dundee

Scottish Ensemble’s lively Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer

By , 17 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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L'Arpeggiata in 2010 © MIchael Uneffer
Auckland

L'Arpeggiata jazzes up Purcell in Auckland

By , 15 March 2017
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Birmingham

Challenging conventions: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla's adventures in Beethoven and Mozart

By , 29 January 2017
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Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Ferdinand Kraemer (Young Arthur) and Max Urlacher (Oswald) © Ruth Walz
Berlin

Magnificent music and opulent visuals: Purcell's King Arthur in Berlin

By , 21 January 2017
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Anna Prohaska © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

All the world’s a stage in Mariame Clément's take on The Fairy Queen in Vienna

By , 21 January 2017
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Joyce DiDonato and Manuel Palazzo © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

In war and peace: thoughtful virtuosity from Joyce DiDonato at the Barbican

By , 22 November 2016
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Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
London

All the pleasures: Dunedin Consort honours St Cecilia's Day at Wigmore Hall

By , 22 November 2016
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Charles Daniels, Iestyn Davies and Ashley Riches © Ben Ealovega
London

Staging Purcell's Fairy Queen: an ingenious solution at the Barbican

By , 10 October 2016
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Brandon Laurence with artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Wink © Andrew Ross
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet shine in their Shakespeare offering

By , 10 October 2016
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Bethany Hill (Dido) © Bernard Hull Photography
Adelaide

A fresh look: Dido and Aeneas in Adelaide

By , 07 October 2016
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Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset © Jacques Verrees
Paris

Purcell and Charpentier double bill help celebrate Les Talens Lyriques' 25th anniversary in Paris

By , 01 October 2016
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Anna Prohaska © Harald Hoffmann | DG
Amsterdam

Anna Prohaska: pure and precise in Baroque arias at the Concertgebouw

By , 27 September 2016
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 73: Crisp and breezy late night Handel

By , 08 September 2016
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Katherine Watson performs with Archangelo and director Jonathan Cohen © BBC|Chris Christodoulou
London

Proms at: music inspired by Shakespeare at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

By , 13 August 2016
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Emerson String Quartet © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
New York City

Emanuel Ax enlivens the Emerson Quartet performance at the Lincoln Center

By , 01 August 2016
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Lucy Page (Titania) © Iford Arts
Bradford on Avon

Embracing anew: A Fairy Queen at Iford

By , 23 July 2016
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Andreas Scholl and Collagium 1704 © Pražské jaro| Zdeněk Chrapek
Prague

Andreas Scholl and Collegium 1704 at Prague Spring: A match made in Baroque heaven

By , 02 June 2016
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Andreas Scholl © James McMillan
New York City

Andreas Scholl, in battered armor, performs early English masters

By , 22 May 2016
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Vadym Kholodenko © Van Cliburn
Los Angeles

Genuine communion in LA: Vadym Kholodenko in recital

By , 26 April 2016
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King Arthur at Zurich Oper © Hans Jörg Michel
Zürich

Truth or Illusion? Purcell’s King Arthur resounds in Zurich

By , 27 February 2016
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Anna Dennis © Edition Peters
Gateshead

Purcell out of the pub: The OAE Night Shift

By , 19 February 2016
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© David Karlin
London

Europe by candlelight: Padmore follows Charles Burney at the Sam Wanamaker

By , 06 December 2015
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Kate Fruchterman (Second Woman), Roberta Invernizzi (Dido) and Roberta Mameli (Belinda) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio di Torino
Turin

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Turin: Baroque astonishment and wonder

By , 26 November 2015
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Miguel Harth-Bedoya © Erik Dyrhaug
Sydney

Alan Holley's ornithological interlude between two masterpieces in Sydney

By , 11 November 2015
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Dame Emma Kirkby © Rayfield Allied
Brighton

Heroines of the Golden Age: Intimacy and variety from Kirkby and Lindberg at Brighton Early Music Festival

By , 04 November 2015
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Vox Luminis © Jozsef Wagner Csapo
London

Vox Luminis perform glorious music fit for a King

By , 25 October 2015
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Imogen Cooper © Sussie Ahlburg
London

LSO and Haitink uneven in Purcell, Beethoven and Brahms

By , 23 September 2015
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