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Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
London

Immaculately tailored Ravel and Mussorgsky from Inon Barnatan at the QEH

By , 31 October 2018
***11
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Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Amsterdam

Brownlee and Spyres at the Concertgebouw: so much more than vocal jousting

By , 31 October 2018
****1
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Robert Ames and London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

An apocalyptic spectacle from Robert Ames and the LCO

By , 31 October 2018
***11
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Lionel Bringuier © Simon Pauly
London

The Goldilocks approach to Russian masterworks from Bringuier, Sokolov and the RPO

By , 30 October 2018
***11
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Max Maslen (Le Roi), Tyrone Singleton (Cardinal Mazarin) and artists of BRB in The King Dances © Andrew Ross
London

BRB's Fire and Fury opens at Sadler's Wells

By , 30 October 2018
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Levente Molnár (Bánk bán) and István Rácz (Tiborc) © Attila Nagy
New York City

A worthy rarity: Erkel’s Bánk bán has its belated American première

By , 30 October 2018
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Christoph Späth (Scarecrow), Tom Erik Lie (Tin Man), Alma Sadé and Carsten Sabrowski (Lion) © Jaro Suffner
Berlin

Berlin becomes the Emerald City as The Wizard of Oz arrives at Komische Oper

By , 28 October 2018
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Valery Gergirev conducts the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra © Justin Mohling | Lied Center for Performing Arts
Lincoln

Magnificent Mariinsky at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts

By , 28 October 2018
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Klaus Mäkelä © Heikki Tuuli
Antwerp

Beguiling Tchaikovsky from Alban Gerhardt and Klaus Mäkelä in Antwerp

By , 28 October 2018
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Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Luminous decay from Imogen Cooper at Kings Place

By , 28 October 2018
****1
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The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
Edinburgh

Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

By , 28 October 2018
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Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Stefan Cohen
New York City

Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic explore the limits of Mahler's Second at Carnegie Hall

By , 28 October 2018
***11
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Andrea Carè (Radamès) and Maria Katzarava (Aida) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Cavanagh's undercooked Aida returns to the Royal Swedish Opera with a new cast

By , 27 October 2018
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Scene from Lovette's Le Jeune © Marty Sohl
New York City

American Ballet Theatre: Present and Future

By , 27 October 2018
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Ingo Metzmacher © Kai Beinert
Cleveland

Christian Tetzlaff's superb Berg with the Cleveland Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher

By , 27 October 2018
****1
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Daniel Barenboim plays at the Pierre Boulez Saal © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Conviction and courage: Barenboim kicks off his Beethoven cycle at the Pierre Boulez Saal

By , 26 October 2018
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Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

A Serse like no other from Maxim Emelyanychev and Il pomo d'oro

By , 26 October 2018
*****
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Philippe Jaroussky, Davóne Tines and Nora Kimball-Mentzos © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Echoes in the comfort zone: Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains at the Teatro Real

By , 26 October 2018
***11
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Simone Lamsma and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Belgrade

Simone Lamsma thrills in Bartok's First Violin Concerto in Belgrade

By , 26 October 2018
****1
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Bernarda Fink, Andris Nelsons, Ying Fang and the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

Primeval Light, Redeeming Light: Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony in Mahler and Einfelde

By , 26 October 2018
***11
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Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
Baden

Creative connections in Baden: Martin Helmchen pays debt to Schumann’s genius

By , 26 October 2018
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Andreas Schager © Národní divadlo
Prague

Less than fascinating: Wagner-lite in Prague

By , 26 October 2018
***11
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Stanislav Kochanovsky © Marco Borggreve
Dublin

Stanislav Kochanovsky delivers a powerful Shostakovich 7 in Dublin

By , 26 October 2018
****1
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Nemanja Radulović © Charlotte Abramow | DG
Liverpool

Nemanja Radulović brings silky sensitivity to Khachaturian in RLPO's Soviet matinee

By , 26 October 2018
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The Sixteen © Firedog
Durham

The Sixteen's Round-Britten Choral Pilgrimage reaches Durham

By , 26 October 2018
*****
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

A memorable and thrilling debut for Philippe Jordan with the LSO

By , 25 October 2018
****1
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Gil Shaham © Luke Ratray
New York City

Clarity is paramount in Gil Shaham's Prokofiev with the New York Philharmonic

By , 25 October 2018
***11
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Sarah Tynan (Lucia) © John Snelling
London

English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style

By , 25 October 2018
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Benjamin Grosvenor © Decca | Sophie Wright
Birmingham

Matinee enchantment from Grosvenor, Sinaisky and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

By , 25 October 2018
****1
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Hallé and Sir Mark Elder bring to life Don Quixote and Elgar 2 in Manchester

By , 25 October 2018
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Enrique Mazzola © Eric Garault
London

French flair: Pure joy from Enrique Mazzola and the LPO

By , 24 October 2018
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Véronique Gens © Franck Juery
Oxford

A tour d'horizon of French song; Gens and Manoff enchant Oxford

By , 24 October 2018
*****
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Sir Antonio Pappano © ROH | David Bebber
London

A powerful performance of Verdi's Requiem from Pappano at the Royal Opera House

By , 23 October 2018
****1
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Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra at Milton Court © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Antipodean Amadeus: ACO's Mozart scales the heights

By , 22 October 2018
*****
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Isabel Leonard (Marnie) and Iestyn Davies (Terry) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Superb production and cast can't make The Met's Marnie live

By , 22 October 2018
***11
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Nicholas Mogg (Aeneas), Alison Manifold and Sky Ingram (Dido) © Richard Hubert Smith
Durham

Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO

By , 22 October 2018
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JoAnn Falletta © Fred Stucker
Virginia Beach

A French touch: Falletta, Lefèvre and the Virginia Symphony present a range of Gallic creations.

By , 21 October 2018
*****
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Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Venera Gimadieva leads a moving Traviata in DC

By , 21 October 2018
****1
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Alex Esposito (Assur) and Jessica Pratt (Semiramide) © Michele Crosera
Venice

A regal, integral version of Semiramide in Venice

By , 21 October 2018
*****
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Jaime Martín © Alexander Lindström
London

It's party time, folks, with Jaime Martín and the LSO

By , 21 October 2018
****1
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Alessandro Luciano (Pisani) and Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © Clive Barda
Wexford

Sublime music compensates for a weak libretto: Wexford revives Mercadante's Il bravo

By , 21 October 2018
****1
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
Seattle

Kanneh-Mason gives royal performance in Seattle

By , 20 October 2018
***11
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Doric String Quartet at Snape Maltings © Matt Jolly | Snape Maltings
Snape

Scintillating Britten from the Doric String Quartet at Snape Maltings

By , 20 October 2018
*****
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Craig Irvin (Dan Packard) and Susannah Billar (Kitty Packard) © Clive Barda
Wexford

William Bolcom's Dinner at Eight served up at Wexford Festival Opera

By , 20 October 2018
***11
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Sean Panikkar (Gandhi) © Cory Weaver
Los Angeles

Strange and stirring Satyagraha at LA Opera

By , 20 October 2018
****1
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
London

Nash Ensemble enchants in Bruch, Mendelssohn and Brahms at Wigmore Hall

By , 20 October 2018
*****
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Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Sandrina) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

La finta giardiniera: Mozart’s early masterpiece charms at La Scala

By , 20 October 2018
****1
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Frame of Mind © Pedro Greig
Sydney

Stark raving: Sydney Dance Company clubs out with Forever & Ever

By , 20 October 2018
****1
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Litha and Effy Efthymiou © Stanislava Buevich
London

Re-imagining: A showcase for innovation, both old and new at Kings Place

By , 20 October 2018
*****
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Rosa Feola (Lucia) © Sandra Then
Basel

“Quench the evil flame by blood”: A striking Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel

By , 19 October 2018
****1
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