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Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
London

Silence in Court! John Wilson and the OAE return a “not guilty” verdict

By , 18 April 2019
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Roderick Williams and Andrew Staples in rehearsal © Tristram Kenton
London

Star-studded, searing Bach at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 02 April 2019
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The community chorus of Agreed © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Community Chorus is star of the show in Glyndebourne's Agreed

By , 01 March 2019
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Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
London

Spliced: Mozart, Magdalena and the OAE mix it up

By , 04 February 2019
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Mary Bevan © Viktor Erik Emanuel
London

Venus Unwrapped kicks off on an uneven playing field

By , 10 January 2019
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

Mournful and humane Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 11 November 2018
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Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 19 July 2018
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
London

Cream buns from Schiff: Fine fare to close the OAE season

By , 04 July 2018
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Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey leads terrific revival of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne

By , 10 June 2018
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Charlotte Beament © Boyd Gilmour
London

Strauss on screen: the OAE presents film adaptation of Der Rosenkavalier

By , 17 May 2018
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Sir Roger Norrington conducts the OAE © Belinda Lawley
London

Dr Norrington's marvellous Mozart tonic goes down well at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 11 April 2018
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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
London

Darkness and pain in Mark Padmore's St Matthew Passion

By , 26 March 2018
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Ádám Fischer © Szilvia Csibi | Müpa Budapest
London

Zinging Haydn and Mozart from Ádám Fischer and the OAE

By , 27 February 2018
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Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler
London

Rebellious Beethoven from Nicola Benedetti, Marin Alsop and the OAE

By , 04 February 2018
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Brenden Gunnell and Roderick Williams © Belinda Lawley
London

To the field of blood: Sally Beamish's The Judas Passion

By , 25 September 2017
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Robin Ticciati conducts the OAE © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 59: La clemenza di Tito transfers from Glyndebourne to the Proms

By , 28 August 2017
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William Christie conducts The OAE
London

Prom 23: An evening of angelic choruses

By , 01 August 2017
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Richard Croft (Tito) and Anna Stéphany (Sesto) © Monika Rittershaus
Glyndebourne

One for sorrow: Claus Guth directs a taut, dark Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2017
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Emőke Baráth (Hipermestra) © Tristram Kenton
Glyndebourne

Graham Vick finds modern relevance in Cavalli's Hipermestra at Glyndebourne

By , 20 May 2017
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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Eric Richmond
Manchester

Illuminating Brandenburgs from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at The Bridgewater Hall

By , 11 May 2017
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Isabelle Faust and the OAE © Belinda Lawley
London

Quicksilver clarity: Classical innovations from Faust and the OAE

By , 18 April 2017
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Ádám Fischer © Szilvia Csibi | Müpa, Budapest
London

Inspiring Beethoven and Haydn from Ádám Fischer and the OAE

By , 20 March 2017
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Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Blank canvas: Pallid Berlioz from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

By , 20 February 2017
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Michael Spyres © Belinda Lawley
London

A tale of two tenors as Méhul is celebrated by the OAE

By , 10 February 2017
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Laurence Cummings © Robert Workman
Bristol

Birthday Bach from the OAE at St George's, Bristol

By , 21 October 2016
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Marin Alsop © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: An intense Verdi Requiem from Marin Alsop

By , 09 September 2016
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Albina Shagimuratova © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 68: A feast of Rossini as Albina Shagimuratova shines in Semiramide

By , 04 September 2016
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Choir of King's College, Cambridge © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 3: The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge revitalises Fauré’s Requiem

By , 17 July 2016
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Gyula Orendt (Almaviva), Rosa Feola (Susanna) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Every detail finely tuned in Glyndebourne's Le nozze di Figaro

By , 03 July 2016
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Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
London

The OAE celebrates in style with Weber’s Der Freischütz

By , 07 June 2016
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Peter Whelan © Martin Usborne
London

Winds of Change: a new bassoon concerto ushered in by the OAE

By , 07 May 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle © Johann Sebastian Hanel
London

OAE and Rattle recreate the Viennese sound-world of 1880

By , 22 April 2016
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Vladimir Jurowski © Matthias Creutziger
London

Resurrecting the past: a period-instrument Mahler 2

By , 12 April 2016
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John Butt © David Barbour
London

Ravishing Bach at St John’s with the OAE

By , 10 March 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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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Southbank centre: 30 years and all its marbles!

By , 14 February 2016
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Marco Borggreve
London

Rhine Journey: curious and boisterous Schumann with the OAE

By , 06 February 2016
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Rachel Podger © Jonas Sacks
London

Many strings to their bows: Rachel Podger and the OAE

By , 24 November 2015
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
London

Revelatory Schumann and bold Mendelssohn from András Schiff and the OAE

By , 10 November 2015
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Marin Alsop conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 62: Jamie Barton the star of the OAE's all-Brahms evening

By , 01 September 2015
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B. Gunnell (Pedrillo), M. Eriksmoen (Blonde), S. Matthews (Konstanze) and E. Montvidas (Belmonte) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 39: Turkish delight - Glyndebourne's Die Entführung aus dem Serail

By , 14 August 2015
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Benjamin Hulett (High Priest) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Alchemy from Barrie Kosky in Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2015
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Franck Saurel (Pasha Selim) and Sally Matthews (Konstanze) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

McVicar’s stylish Entführung emerges as a strong moral tale at Glyndebourne

By , 13 June 2015
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London

Gut strings and female basses: a Venetian expedition to the Pietà for the OAE

By , 17 May 2015
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London

Unexpected insights and fresh perspectives from the OAE, Fischer and Mullova

By , 04 March 2015
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Basingstoke

Fischer and Mullova join the OAE for a thrilling evening of Romantic giants

By , 26 February 2015
****1
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London

Matthew Locke’s The Tempest: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment steps back in time

By , 25 January 2015
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Valletta

A fine St John Passion in Valletta

By , 19 January 2015
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London

Unvarnished truth: period instrument Mussorgsky from the OAE

By , 15 January 2015
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London

Opera Rara: Donizetti's Les Martyrs a revelation

By , 04 November 2014
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