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London

A cloud of glitter: Sir Peter Wright's Nutcracker returns to The Royal Ballet

By , 05 December 2017
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New York City

A mighty second cast for Met’s Norma revival

By , 05 December 2017
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Vienna

Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

By , 04 December 2017
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Paris

As English as roast beef: Nézet-Séguin and L'Orchestre Métropolitain bring Elgar to Paris

By , 03 December 2017
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Berlin

Tradition proclaimed with an exclamation point: Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Komische Oper

By , 03 December 2017
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Boston

The Nutcracker: Boston Ballet's elegant take on a Christmas classic

By , 03 December 2017
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Glasgow

Madness, magic and spiritual mayhem: The Fiery Angel from Scottish Opera and RCS

By , 03 December 2017
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Amsterdam

A colourful ode to chairs by Introdans in So You Think You Can Stoelendans

By , 03 December 2017
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San Francisco

A Turandot to remember in San Francisco

By , 03 December 2017
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Zürich

Bodies inside a box: a colourless Fidelio in Zurich

By , 03 December 2017
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London

Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag at Covent Garden

By , 02 December 2017
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Berlin

Heroic resignation: a superb Mahler 9 from Haitink and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 02 December 2017
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Paris

Cavalli's Erismena charms in Versailles

By , 02 December 2017
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Barcelona

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

By , 02 December 2017
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London

The City of London Sinfonia plumbs the depths of Tavener's The Protecting Veil

By , 02 December 2017
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Seattle

Gerstein and Debus are a sensation in Seattle

By , 02 December 2017
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Dublin

Spectacular Strauss from Nathalie Stutzmann and the RTÉ NSO

By , 01 December 2017
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Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera revives a musically gorgeous La bohème

By , 01 December 2017
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Boston

Panoramas, Potions and Prokofiev: Leonidas Kavakos, Andris Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony

By , 01 December 2017
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London

Dolce Duello: Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta in Baroque sparring at the Barbican

By , 01 December 2017
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Belfast

Translucent sounds: Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Dvořák in Belfast

By , 01 December 2017
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Edinburgh

Oundjian's Brahms disappoints, but Hadelich's Dvořák takes off in Edinburgh

By , 01 December 2017
***11
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Bamberg

Hrůša conducts a flawed Don Giovanni in Bamberg

By , 01 December 2017
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Basingstoke

Transcendent Bruckner from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Basingstoke

By , 01 December 2017
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London

Expressive truths: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 30 November 2017
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Sydney

L'incoronazione di Poppea: cynical production, glorious music from Pinchgut Opera

By , 30 November 2017
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Philadelphia

German fairy-tales and knights: Runnicles conducts Humperdinck and Wagner

By , 30 November 2017
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Cleveland

Luisi leads Cleveland Orchestra in bold Bruckner and a new Sciarrino concerto

By , 30 November 2017
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New York City

A world première and standard repertoire from Edo de Waart and the New York Phil

By , 30 November 2017
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Stockholm

A tightly co-ordinated Messiah in Stockholm

By , 29 November 2017
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London

Autumnal bacchanale as Marx’s Herbstsymphonie is given UK première

By , 29 November 2017
*****
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London

Fire and ice: striking Sibelius and stunning Hillborg from Oramo, Batiashvili and the BBCSO

By , 29 November 2017
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Berlin

It was not a dream! Four aces of choreography in Berlin

By , 29 November 2017
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Zürich

Kopatchinskaja's Berg passionate and playful in Zurich

By , 29 November 2017
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Philadelphia

Beautiful Decay: BalletX makes a truly profound choice

By , 29 November 2017
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San Francisco

Some of a thousand ... steps (Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks)

By , 29 November 2017
*****
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Stockholm

A British Cinderella in Stockholm

By , 29 November 2017
**111
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London

Restraint and cool ardour from the RPO, Mandeal and Dăriescu

By , 28 November 2017
***11
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London

Vincent Dance Theatre: SHUT DOWN

By , 28 November 2017
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London

Woodland Tales: The Cunning Little Vixen at the Royal College of Music

By , 27 November 2017
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London

Infernal Liszt: Alice Sara Ott, Antonio Pappano and a Faustian pact

By , 26 November 2017
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London

Baroque drama: Philippe Jaroussky's Handel at Wigmore Hall

By , 26 November 2017
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Bergamo

Il borgomastro di Saardam: Donizetti's opera buffa revived in Bergamo

By , 26 November 2017
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Berlin

A wing and a prayer: the Deutsche Oper's Le Prophète

By , 26 November 2017
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Lucerne

Mindful mission, perfect poet: Leif Ove Andsnes in Lucerne

By , 25 November 2017
*****
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Oslo

Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

By , 25 November 2017
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Manchester

Butterflies, landscapes and bees in Arlene Sierra's new Nature Symphony

By , 25 November 2017
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Cleveland

Cleveland Orchestra première for Stephen Paulus’ Grand Concerto

By , 24 November 2017
***11
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Philadelphia

Made in the USA: Gershwin and beyond with James Gaffigan and the Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 24 November 2017
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London

A golden evening for Mariss Jansons and his BRSO at the Barbican

By , 24 November 2017
****1
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