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Patricia Racette (Elle) © Dominic M Mercier
Philadelphia

Ne quittez pas: A reimagined La Voix humaine in Philadelphia

By , 23 September 2018
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

By , 16 May 2018
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Faustine De Monès (Sœur Constance) and Suzanne Jérosme (Blanche) © Ludwig Koerfer
Aachen

A fear of fear: Poulenc's Carmélites in Aachen

By , 15 April 2018
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Stephane Deneve © Uwe Ditz
Cleveland

Stéphane Denève and The Cleveland Orchestra: witty Poulenc and gigantic Rachmaninov

By , 24 March 2018
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Chloe Latchmore (Mère Marie), Bertie Watson, Georgia Mae Bishop (Madame de Croissy) © Clive Barda
London

Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites at Guildhall School

By , 26 February 2018
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Duncan Ward © Alan Kerr
Dublin

Bright and witty Poulenc contrasts with menacing Prokofiev in Dublin

By , 09 February 2018
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Edgar Moreau © Miguel Bueno
Gstaad

Classical drama transformed into chamber music: Moreau and Kadouch play Rita Strohl in Gstaad

By , 31 January 2018
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Søndergård’s Scheherezade a mixed success in Edinburgh

By , 17 November 2017
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Javier Torres and Antoinette Brooks Daw in Gloria © Lauren Godfrey
London

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration – Programme 3 - Gloria/The Judas Tree/ Elite Syncopations

By , 26 October 2017
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Javier Torres and Antoinette Brooks Daw in MacMillan's Gloria © Lauren Godfrey
Bradford

A celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer at Northern Ballet

By , 07 October 2017
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Chicago

Alain Altinoglu and the Chicago Symphony find beauty in rarely trodden territory

By , 07 October 2017
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Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker
London

PCM6: A voyage of discovery in Christiane Karg's Prom debut

By , 21 August 2017
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Siena

Sarah Connolly brings the best of British to Tuscany

By , 05 August 2017
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Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
London

Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder in Wigmore jump-in

By , 22 July 2017
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Harriet Eyley (Therese) © Chris Christodoulou
London

Poulenc and Chabrier's operas have an eccentric outing at Royal College of Music

By , 28 June 2017
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Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Brighton

Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton: a class act at Brighton Festival

By , 11 May 2017
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elle) © Rosso Casaluci
Bologna

Intensity-laden La voix-Cav diptych in Bologna

By , 09 April 2017
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Marcela Roggeri © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Le Bœuf sur le toit: Paris in the Roaring Twenties celebrated at the Institut français

By , 02 April 2017
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Mahan Esfahani © Bernhard Musil | DG
Auckland

Esfahani's Poulenc the highlight of an all-French programme in Auckland

By , 30 March 2017
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Anne-Sophie Duprels as "Elle" © Alex Brenner
London

Breaking up is hard: La Voix humaine showcases the acting talents of Anne-Sophie Duprels

By , 22 March 2017
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elle) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Anna Caterina Antonacci triumphs in La Voix humaine at SF Opera Lab

By , 14 March 2017
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Concerto Concordia © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Modern Ballet at its current best, Made in Amsterdam 2

By , 12 February 2017
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Cristian Măcelaru © David Swanson
Manchester

Musical myths and legends at the Hallé

By , 09 February 2017
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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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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

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

By , 14 November 2016
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Quatuor Van Kuijk © Adrien Vecchioni
Leamington Spa

Winning French programme from Quatuor Van Kuijk at Leamington Music

By , 04 November 2016
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Louis Lortie © Elias
London

PCM6: Italian Holiday for Louis Lortie at Cadogan Hall

By , 22 August 2016
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Marc Minkowski © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 7: Disappointing French fare from Minkowski and the BBCSO

By , 20 July 2016
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Hila Fahima and Tomáš Netopil © Pražské jaro | Ivan Malý
Prague

A fresh, familiar finish for Prague Spring

By , 04 June 2016
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Stéphane Degout © Julien Benhamou
Amsterdam

Degout and Planès near-perfect in French fables at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam

By , 20 April 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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Dmitry Liss © Karsten Witt Musik Management
Düsseldorf

Energetic performances in Düsseldorf matinee

By , 20 March 2016
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Olivier Latry, Fabien Gabel and the ONF © Mark Pullinger
Paris

From pulpit to fairground: a fête à la française with the ONF

By , 10 March 2016
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© Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Amsterdam

Spectacular Symbiosis: Jansen & Gavrylyuk bedazzle in Szymanowksi, Prokofiev, Brahms

By , 08 March 2016
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Michael Zukernik © Michael Zukernik
Zürich

Boy, Wolf and Elephant: A promising kids' concert in Zurich

By , 03 January 2016
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Manchester

Cristian Măcelaru and the Hallé enjoy an eclectic programme

By , 26 November 2015
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Drew Santini (Husband) and Hrafnhildur Adnadóttir (Thérèse) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Dynamic and fun-packed Mamelles de Tirésias in Amsterdam

By , 25 November 2015
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Barbara Hannigan (Elle) and Claude Bardouil (Lui) © Bernd Uhlig | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Wild dialogues: Bluebeard's Castle and La Voix humaine at the Palais Garnier

By , 23 November 2015
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Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Robert Carsen’s shattering Dialogues des carmélites returns to Amsterdam for a last time

By , 07 November 2015
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Michael Collins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Autumn sunshine and Gallic flair: Michael Collins in recital at Wigmore Hall

By , 26 September 2015
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Dénes Várjon © Balazs Borocz
Edinburgh

Fine chamber playing from Budapest's visiting musicians in Edinburgh

By , 14 August 2015
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Jennifer Check (Blanche) © Gabe Palacio
Katonah

Veterans shine in a gripping concert performance of Poulenc's Dialogues des carmélites at Caramoor

By , 25 July 2015
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
London

Prom 6: BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales present an eclectic jamboree under Thomas Søndergård

By , 21 July 2015
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Igone de Jongh and Artur Shesterikov in Chroma © Angela Sterling
Amsterdam

The best of British dance in Dutch National Ballet's Cool Britannia

By , 17 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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Mahan Esfahani © Bernhard Musil | DG
Chicago

A Baroque inspired program in Chicago, featuring Mahan Esfahani

By , 30 April 2015
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Carolyn Sampson © Ingpen & Williams
Leeds

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

By , 25 April 2015
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Anna-Caterina Antonacci © Benjamin Ealovega
New York City

Desperate one-way plea for love: Anna Caterina Antonacci riveting in La voix humaine

By , 05 March 2015
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Les Mamelles de Tirésias © KK Dundas
Glasgow

A delightful double bill of classical tragedy and French absurdism at RCS in Glasgow

By , 04 March 2015
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Gould Piano Trio © Gould Piano Trio
Cardiff

Sparkling light and deep shade from the Gould Piano Trio in the Philharmonia's City of Light series

By , 03 March 2015
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