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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Dame Sarah Connolly

Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

By , 19 January 2019
***11
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Berlin

Berlin remembers World War 1 with Beethoven's Missa solemnis

By , 23 November 2018
**111
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Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
London

Skelton and Connolly impress in Das Lied von der Erde under Jurowski

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre

By , 26 September 2018
*****
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
***11
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Lise Davidsen and the LPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 64: Lise Davidsen shines in an awesome Verdi Requiem with the LPO

By , 30 August 2018
*****
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Blissful daydreams on a hot afternoon: lullabies and dreams from Connolly and Middleton

By , 06 August 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
****1
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Iréne Theorin (Isolde) and Stefan Vinke (Tristan) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

Tristan und Isolde: an abstract tryst by moonlight at the Liceu

By , 02 December 2017
****1
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Mini-Mahler: a reduced but upscale Das Lied von der Erde at Kings Place

By , 14 October 2017
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Siena

Sarah Connolly brings the best of British to Tuscany

By , 05 August 2017
***11
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John Tomlinson (Ghost), Allan Clayton (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Shakespeare boldly adapted by Brett Dean: Hamlet at Glyndebourne

By , 11 June 2017
****1
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Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Brighton

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

By , 11 May 2017
****1
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James Conlon © Robert Millard
Chicago

Conlon and the Chicago Symphony show their rapport in Schubert and Mahler

By , 30 March 2017
***11
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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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James Morris (Dr. Schön), Brenda Rae (Lulu) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Dramatic intensity, risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

By , 09 November 2016
***11
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Bernard Haitink and the LSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 18: Haitink shows maturity and experience in Mahler's Third Symphony

By , 29 July 2016
****1
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Heidi Melton (Sieglinde) and Christopher Ventris (Siegmund) © Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Magic fire: a blazing account of Die Walküre at Bayreuth

By , 27 July 2016
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Iain Paterson (Wotan) © Jörg Schulze
Bayreuth

Rheingold refuelled: Frank Castorf’s Ring returns to Bayreuth

By , 26 July 2016
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Hubert Francis (Laïos), Nicolas Courjal (Theban High Priest) and Sarah Connolly (Jocaste) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Visually spectacular, musically even more so: Enescu's Oedipe at the Royal Opera

By , 23 May 2016
*****
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Vladimir Jurowski © Matthias Creutziger
London

Resurrecting the past: a period-instrument Mahler 2

By , 12 April 2016
****1
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Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Eva-Maria Westbroek (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

Ocean voyage of Tristan und Isolde in Baden-Baden

By , 28 March 2016
****1
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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

“Alle Menschen werden Brüder”: Sir Simon Rattle at Baden-Baden's Easter Festival

By , 21 March 2016
*****
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Luca Tittoto (Il Re di Scozia) and Anett Fritsch (Ginevra) © Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Amsterdam

Amsterdam Ariodante convinces as village psychodrama

By , 17 January 2016
****1
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Sarah Connolly © Peter Warren
Rotterdam

Rotterdam Philharmonic in tender Beethoven and deep-to-the-bone Mahler

By , 22 October 2015
****1
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Hereford Cathedral © Clare Stevens
Hereford

The 300th anniversary of the Three Choirs Festival

By , 25 July 2015
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Toby Spence © Mitch Jenkins
Glasgow

Sarah Connolly and Toby Spence are soulful companions in RSNO's Dream of Gerontius

By , 30 May 2015
***11
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London

Berlioz and Bliss and the BBCSO in fruitful partnership at the Barbican

By , 15 May 2015
****1
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London

Everything but the kitchen sink: Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the RPO and Bach Choir

By , 06 May 2015
***11
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Norwich

A blossoming relationship between Britten Sinfonia and Sarah Connolly

By , 21 January 2015
****1
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London

Stemme and Gould light up Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera

By , 05 December 2014
*****
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New York City

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler and Zombification

By , 31 October 2014
****1
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London

London Sinfonietta revisits Schoenberg at Kings Place

By , 18 September 2014
***11
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Edinburgh

Choral energy on display from Collegium Vocale Gent at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 20 August 2014
****1
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London

A Tavener première, impassioned Bartók and a surprise cameo from Mozart

By , 23 July 2014
****1
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London

Sublime Strauss with the LSO's Der Rosenkavalier excerpts

By , 08 May 2014
*****
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Amsterdam

A superb St Matthew Passion from the Academy of Ancient Music

By , 10 April 2014
*****
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London

A wonderful Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Symphony Orhcestra and Sir Andrew Davis

By , 06 April 2014
****1
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London

Pulling out the stops in Poulenc and Saint-Saëns

By , 26 March 2014
****1
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London

Self-sacrifice, then and now: Theodora at the Barbican

By , 08 February 2014
****1
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New York City

Virtuous virtuosi: Handel's Theodora at Carnegie Hall

By , 02 February 2014
***11
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London

All I want for Christmas is Fantasio : Opera Rara score a hit

By , 15 December 2013
*****
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Gloucester

Gloucester remembers Ivor Gurney

By , 31 August 2013
*****
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London

Proms Saturday Matinee 2: Sarah Connolly and Britten Sinfonia's magnificent, terrifying passion

By , 03 August 2013
*****
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London

Sarah Connolly tops a stellar cast in ENO's production of Charpentier's Medea

By , 15 February 2013
****1
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London

Connolly and Terfel stand out in a thought-provoking Walküre at Covent Garden

By , 18 October 2012
*****
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London

Prom 25: BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Proms Youth Choir with David Robertson

By , 01 August 2012
***11
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Hereford

Three Choirs Festival: Ireland, Delius and Elgar with Nardone and the Philharmonia

By , 26 July 2012
***11
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London

Prom 1: An English theme makes for a rousing start

By , 13 July 2012
****1
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Birmingham

Gardner's Dreamy Gerontius at the Birmingham Symphony Hall

By , 12 April 2012
*****
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