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Hong Kong

Luminous performances lift heavy-metal staging of Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 15 March 2018
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London

No ordinary Messiah at the Barbican

By , 20 December 2017
*****
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Zürich

Brecht and Weill’s Mahagonny in Zurich: a tale of excess and depravity

By , 05 November 2017
***11
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London

Complex Oedipus: Enescu’s ambitious only opera opens the LPO season

By , 23 September 2017
*****
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London

Rattle leads the LSO on a thrilling ride into the abyss

By , 19 September 2017
****1
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Bucharest

A blazing Oedipe kicks off Bucharest’s Enescu Festival

By , 02 September 2017
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London

Prom 46: Rattle's Gurrelieder an irresistible force to move the hardest of hearts

By , 19 August 2017
****1
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Edinburgh

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 13 August 2017
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London

Prom 17: Contemplations on death from Tchaikovsky and Simpson

By , 27 July 2017
***11
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New York City

Immortals and human passions in New York Philharmonic’s Das Rheingold under Alan Gilbert

By , 01 June 2017
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Adelaide

Glyndebourne's Saul wins over Adelaide

By , 03 March 2017
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London

A grisly love triangle: Written on Skin returns to Covent Garden

By , 13 January 2017
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Manchester

A 24-carat Rheingold as the Hallé continues its Ring quest

By , 27 November 2016
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London

Strong in concept, strong in casting: Richard Jones' Don Giovanni at ENO

By , 30 September 2016
****1
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London

Prom 13: LPO become brothers under Jurowski in Beethoven 9 & Lindberg

By , 24 July 2016
***11
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Glyndebourne

Circle of Life: Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen returns to Glyndebourne

By , 12 June 2016
****1
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Manchester

Streamlined Bach from the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth

By , 21 April 2016
***11
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London

Signed off with an orchestral flourish: Written on Skin at the Barbican

By , 19 March 2016
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London

Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday in St Paul’s

By , 05 November 2015
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New York City

Written on Skin at Mostly Mozart Festival: a primeval experience

By , 11 August 2015
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Glyndebourne

Alchemy from Barrie Kosky in Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2015
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Cardiff

Spiral staircase and paddling pool: Pelléas et Mélisande from Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2015
****1
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Amsterdam

Fabulous soloists in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s St John Passion

By , 27 March 2015
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Leeds

Comedy and tragedy: Opera North's Gianni Schicchi and La Vida Breve serve up a fine double bill

By , 18 February 2015
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Adelaide

Messiah in Adelaide: The story of salvation sung inspiringly on the stage

By , 28 November 2014
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Oslo

Eventually there was light: Haydn’s The Creation with the Oslo Philharmonic and Harry Bicket

By , 13 November 2014
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Berlin

A fine evening of Handel at the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 29 October 2014
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Brisbane

A Perfect Masterpiece: Glass's The Perfect American in Brisbane

By , 20 September 2014
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London

A traditional start to a traditional Proms season

By , 18 July 2014
****1
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Edinburgh

A Butterfly fit for the Commonweath Games

By , 08 May 2014
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Paris

Laurence Equilbey brings intense and dramatic Zelenka and Mozart to the Salle Pleyel

By , 06 February 2014
***11
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Chicago

Lyric Opera's Butterfly ruffles no feathers

By , 15 October 2013
***11
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London

Prom 25: The Aurora Orchestra do Zappa, Nancarrow and Glass

By , 31 July 2013
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London

UK première of Philip Glass' The Perfect American at ENO

By , 01 June 2013
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London

New opera, ancient tales: George Benjamin's Written on skin at the Royal Opera

By , 08 March 2013
****1
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Manchester

A glowing Meistersinger in Manchester

By , 10 February 2013
*****
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London

Prom 32: Gardner serves up near-perfect Brahms and Mahler

By , 07 August 2011
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Amsterdam

Overwhelming despair in Britten's Rape of Lucretia

By , 15 June 2011
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London

Terry Gilliam reinvents Berlioz's reinvention of Goethe's Faust

By , 08 May 2011
****1
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London

Austria and Hungary - Jurowski, LPO, South Bank

By , 29 January 2011
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Granada

Exaltación romántica en un réquiem: la OCNE en el Festival de Granada

By , 05 July 2017
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Madrid

La OCNE se libera de sus "Locuras" con un Réquiem de Verdi memorable

By , 01 July 2017
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Paris

Moïse et Aaron à Paris : au commencement était le Verbe

By , 20 October 2015
***11
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