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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Prom 36: Brilliance and excitement in Salonen’s Webern, Mahler and Wagner with the Philharmonia

By , 09 August 2018
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Donald Runnicles conducting the World Orchestra for Peace © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: A lively Beethoven 9 from Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace

By , 21 July 2018
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Nina Stemme, Simon Rattle, Stuart Skelton and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

An unforgettable Parsifal from Rattle, the Berlin Phil and a world-beating cast

By , 06 April 2018
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Ruxandra Donose (Kundry) © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

Dieter Dorn’s Parsifal in Baden-Baden brings the full Monty to Monsalvat

By , 24 March 2018
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Max Emanuel Cenčić (Nerone) and Anna Prohaska (Poppea) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

A heavy crown: austere Monteverdi at the Staatsoper

By , 13 December 2017
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Michael Volle (The Dutchman) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Thrilling Flying Dutchman at the Met under Yannick Nézet-Séguin

By , 04 May 2017
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Gidon Kremer © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Berlin

Ghosts of past and present at Berlin's Philharmonie

By , 09 December 2016
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Zubin Mehta conducts Mozart with the Vienna Philharmonic © Suntory Hall
Tokyo

Vienna Philharmonic's “Week in Japan” finishes on the birthday of Suntory Hall

By , 12 October 2016
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Magdalena Kožená (Mélisande) © Tristram Kenton
London

Rattle and Sellars revisit Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 09 January 2016
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Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Aix © Pascal Victor
Aix-en-Provence

Martin Kušej's new Entführung a disappointingly toothless affair

By , 03 July 2015
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Fidelio © Tato Baeza | Palau de les Arts
Madrid

A shadow of Fidelio: Haenchen disappoints at Teatro Real

By , 27 May 2015
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Stéphane Degout (Pelléas) and Elena Tsallagova (Mélisande) © Elisa Haberer / Opéra de Paris
Paris

At Opéra Bastille: a Pelléas charged with poetry and mystery

By , 07 February 2015
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© Javier del Real
Madrid

Tristan und Isolde through the lens of Bill Viola in Madrid

By , 19 January 2014
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Wiener Philharmoniker  ©  Richard Schuster
Vienna

Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic celebrate the Konzerthaus' centennial with Beethoven 9

By , 20 October 2013
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Stefan Margita as Loge  ©  2013 Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Ring Cycle begins with an impressive Das Rheingold

By , 25 April 2013
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Melanie Diener as Isolde and Ben Heppner as Tristan in the COC’s Tristan und Isolde  ©  Michael Cooper
Toronto

Ancient magic updated: Peter Sellars' Tristan with the Canadian Opera Company

By , 08 February 2013
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Samuel Youn as the Dutchman, Adrienne Pieczonka as Senta; Photo by Enrico Nawrath  ©  Bayreuther Festspeile
Bayreuth

Musically outstanding but landlocked: Der Fliegende Holländer in Bayreuth

By , 31 July 2012
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, © Marco Borggreve
London

London's Royal Festival Hall Consecrated by Nézet-Séguin's Magnificent Bruckner

By , 04 February 2012
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Jessica Pratt as the Queen of the Night lays down the law to Kate Royal as Pamina:  ©  February 2011 Mike Hoban / The Royal Opera
London

Sir Colin Davis conducts a masterful Magic Flute at Covent Garden

By , 01 February 2011
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Christian Thielemann © Matthias Creutzinger
Berlin

Beethovens Missa solemnis: Frieden in der Musik

By , 14 December 2017
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© OnP
Paris

Là où la candeur côtoie la mort, un Pelléas et Mélisande obsédé par le mythe de l'innocence

By , 19 September 2017
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Olga Bezsmertna (Mélisande) and Adrian Eröd (Pelléas) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen prallen auf Beton: Pelléas et Mélisande an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 18 June 2017
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© Patrice Nin
Toulouse

Cocasse mais inachevé Enlèvement au Sérail au Capitole

By , 27 January 2017
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Barbara Hanngan (Mélisande), Laurent Naouri (Golaud) © Patrick Berger / Artcomart
Aix-en-Provence

Inquiétante étrangeté : l’onirique Pélléas et Mélisande de Katie Mitchell au Festival d'Aix

By , 16 July 2016
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Escena de Parsifal en el Teatro Real © Javier del Real
Madrid

Parsifal en el Teatro Real: cuando se ausenta el espíritu.

By , 06 April 2016
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Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker
Vienna

Ergriffensein von sublimer Poesie: Robert Schumanns Szenen aus Goethes Faust im Wiener Konzerthaus

By , 21 November 2015
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Valer Sabadus (Nerone) und Alex Penda (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

L’incoronazione di Poppea im Theater an der Wien: Sinn und Sinnlichkeit, Wahn- und Frohsinn

By , 14 October 2015
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Véronique Gens © Alexandre Weinberger Virgin Classics
Paris

Une partie de chasse maléfique

By , 14 September 2015
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P. Dijkstra, Y. Nezet-Seguin, Solisten, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunkfunks & Wiener Philharmoniker © Marco Borelli | Salzburger Festspiele
Salzburg

Erleuchtende Klänge: Erstes Wiener Philharmonikerkonzert widmet sich dem Spirituellen

By , 25 July 2015
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