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Henri Deléger (Michael) © Tristram Kenton | Southbank Centre
London

Stockhausen rediscovered: Donnerstag aus Licht shines brightly

By , 21 May 2019
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Summer from The Seasons © Marty Sohl
New York City

Ratmansky triple bill celebrates ten years with ABT

By , 21 May 2019
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Anna Devin (Pamina) with Nicholas O'Neill, Sean Hughes and Oran Murphy (Three Boys) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

An enjoyable Magic Flute from Irish National Opera

By , 21 May 2019
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

A thrilling combination of Barry and Beethoven at the Barbican

By , 21 May 2019
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Jan Lisiecki and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra © Prague Spring | Zdeněk Chrapek
Prague

No conductor? No problem at Prague Spring

By , 21 May 2019
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Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Roberto Alagna brings up his century at the Royal Opera in Andrea Chénier revival

By , 20 May 2019
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Hera Hyesang Park (Rosina) and Andrey Zhilikhovsky (Figaro) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Laughter returns to Seville: a sparkling Barbiere revival at Glyndebourne

By , 19 May 2019
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Julie Boulliane (Marguerite), Allan Clayton (Faust) and actors © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Diabolus vincit omnia: Purves' Mephisto dominates Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne

By , 18 May 2019
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Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Il barbiere di Siviglia: Flórez triumphs as Almaviva in Vienna

By , 18 May 2019
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Markus Brück © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Hann. Münden

Magnificent Saul in Göttingen Handel Festival

By , 18 May 2019
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Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
Los Angeles

Young lions Tao and Rana tear into Beethoven without Dudamel

By , 18 May 2019
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Bill Mootos © Rachel Greenberg
Newport News

A homecoming of sorts: Shakespeare and Schmitt’s Antony and Cleopatra in Virginia

By , 17 May 2019
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Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne
Duisburg

Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

By , 17 May 2019
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Michele Mariotti © Victor Santiago
Dublin

Paradise in music: a glorious Verdi Requiem under Michele Mariotti in Dublin

By , 17 May 2019
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Paavo Järvi © Yong Bin
Hamburg

Loud Berg and lyrical Bruckner from Paavo Järvi at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 May 2019
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Marie Fajtová (Ninette) © Dasa Wharton
Prague

Supernatural high jinks in Prague: The Love for Three Oranges

By , 16 May 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Welser-Möst and Cleveland Orchestra explore late style of Bartók and Schubert

By , 16 May 2019
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Daniel Barenboim and Anita Rachvelishvili © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin spice up their repertoire

By , 15 May 2019
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Vincent Wolfsteiner (Hüon), Annette Dasch (Rezia) and Sebastian Mock (Puck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Physiology, puppetry and pharmaceuticals: Oberon at Theater an der Wien

By , 15 May 2019
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Sebastian Zubieta © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

A revival of Vivier's Kopernikus in Brooklyn finds inspiration – and cliché – in the afterlife

By , 15 May 2019
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Dean Murphy (Figaro) and Sinead O'Kelly (Rosina) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Intrigue, disguise and the damnation of ageing: Rossini’s Barbiere in Zurich

By , 15 May 2019
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Hongni Wu (Phaedra) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Phaedra: Henze's final opera given a sensitive and stylish new production in the Linbury Theatre

By , 15 May 2019
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Nicolas Ellis and Orchestre Métropolitain © François Goupil
Montreal

Exuberant Beethoven from Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain

By , 15 May 2019
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Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Paavo Järvi and Viktoria Mullova impress in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky

By , 11 May 2019
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Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Rigoletto) and Liparit Avetisyan (Duke of Mantua) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Young cast, old production: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto is on song

By , 11 May 2019
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Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Gateshead

Music with friends: Royal Northern Sinfonia's Trout Quintet

By , 11 May 2019
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Gustavo Dudamel © Gerardo Gomez | Fundamusical
Los Angeles

Thomas Adés' new ballet score debuts in LA... without dancers

By , 11 May 2019
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Leonard Slatkin © Cybelle Codish
Dublin

Leonard Slatkin and the RTÉ NSO give an exciting performance in Dublin

By , 10 May 2019
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Basingstoke

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in compelling form at the Anvil

By , 10 May 2019
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Barry Douglas © Eugene Langan
Belfast

Crisp Rachmaninov from Barry Douglas in Belfast

By , 10 May 2019
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Antti Siirala, Fabrice Bollon and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Belgrade Philharmonic | Marko Djokovic
Belgrade

Schoenberg's ultra-romantic Pelleas und Melisande in Belgrade

By , 10 May 2019
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Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sterling Hyltin in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements © Paul Kolnik
New York City

A hit and a miss from Justin Peck and epic Balanchine

By , 10 May 2019
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Thomas Søndergård © Bjarke Johansen
Edinburgh

RSNO's Mahler cycle continues with the Sixth

By , 10 May 2019
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Emmanuel Krivine © Julien Becker
Edinburgh

A disappointing Symphonie fantastique to finish the SCO's season

By , 09 May 2019
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Angélique Kidjo and the LCO © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

A sucker punch: LCO surveys Glass' complete exploration of Bowie's Berlin Trilogy

By , 09 May 2019
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Katia and Marielle Labèque © Weigold & Böhm
Cleveland

Labèques make a persuasive case for rare Bruch in Cleveland

By , 09 May 2019
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

The end is the beginning: revelatory Mahler 9 from the Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 09 May 2019
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Robert Spano © Angela Morris
Atlanta

In Atlanta, Richard Prior's dark work ...of shadow and light... shines

By , 09 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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Erin Morley (Constance) and Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
New York City

Faith and anguish: Carmélites at the Met

By , 08 May 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Blazing Mahler from Simon Rattle and the LSO

By , 08 May 2019
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Meryl Dominguez (Juliette) and Matthew White (Roméo) © Paul Sirochman
Philadelphia

“Arise, fair sun”: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette captivates

By , 07 May 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's Chamber Symphony © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Shostakovich Trilogy brings a strong close to the season

By , 07 May 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Razzle-dazzle from Rattle and the LSO

By , 05 May 2019
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Miriam Khalil (Mimì) and Joshua Guerrero (Rodolfo) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

A briskly conducted Bohème revived in Toronto

By , 05 May 2019
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M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

M: a murderer hiding in plain sight at Komische Oper

By , 05 May 2019
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Tallinn Chamber Orchestra © Sven Tupits
Tallinn

What’s the poooints? Atonal explorations “through the forest” in Tallinn

By , 05 May 2019
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Sara Mearns in Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue © Paul Kolnik
New York City

Barber, Broadway and Balanchine bring a buzz to New York City Ballet

By , 05 May 2019
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Julia Sitkovetsky (The Queen of the Night) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Stovepipe hats are back: Scottish Opera’s steampunk Magic Flute returns

By , 04 May 2019
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Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen: the ultimate good-time girl in Seattle

By , 04 May 2019
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