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London

Prom 24: A monumental assault on the senses from Crebassa, Salonen and Philharmonia

By , 02 August 2017
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London

Prom 23: An evening of angelic choruses

By , 01 August 2017
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Glyndebourne

Tears before bedtime: El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Glyndebourne Traviata

By , 01 August 2017
****1
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Moreton-in-Marsh

Simplicity in Longborough's Orfeo ed Euridice

By , 01 August 2017
****1
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London

English National Ballet's Romeo and Juliet opens on the Southbank

By , 01 August 2017
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Bayreuth

Musically sublime, packed with ideas: Kosky's Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth

By , 31 July 2017
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Martina Franca

A fabulous, truly Baroque Orlando furioso in Martina Franca

By , 31 July 2017
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London

Myth, polkas and folksong to celebrate 100 years of Finnish Independence

By , 31 July 2017
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Munich

Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Bavarian State Opera's Hoffmann

By , 30 July 2017
***11
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Martina Franca

Soprano makes directorial debut with early Verdi in Martina Franca

By , 30 July 2017
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London

Prom 21: An underwhelming performance of MacMillan and Beethoven

By , 30 July 2017
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Salzburg

Evil triumphs beautifully in Monteverdi 450 Poppea

By , 29 July 2017
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Pompeii

Ballets Russes' Gesamtkunstwerk for the centenary of Picasso's visit to Italy

By , 29 July 2017
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Cleveland

Vasily Petrenko makes Cleveland Orchestra debut with thrilling Rachmaninov

By , 29 July 2017
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New York City

At Lincoln Center, an evening in Mozart’s luminous shadow

By , 29 July 2017
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London

Prom 20: Darkness and light from Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC Philharmonic

By , 29 July 2017
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Santa Fe

Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered: Alcina casts some surprising spells in Santa Fe

By , 29 July 2017
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Munich

Top class voices, powerful drama in Bayerische Staatsoper's Andrea Chénier

By , 28 July 2017
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Melbourne

Fraternity and frivolity: from Bizet to Elgar in Melbourne

By , 28 July 2017
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Worcester

Gravity and explosives at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 28 July 2017
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Vienna

A dynamic Carmina Burana at Wolf Trap

By , 28 July 2017
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Cleveland

Bertrand Chamayou makes brilliant Cleveland Orchestra debut in Scriabin concerto

By , 28 July 2017
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Los Angeles

BalletNOW suffers from miscasting and a quality of je ne sais quoi.

By , 28 July 2017
***11
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Salzburg

Monteverdi 450's Ulisse docks in Salzburg

By , 28 July 2017
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London

Prom 18: Pirates, sirens and Sinbad's ship with the BBCSO and James Gaffigan

By , 28 July 2017
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Bregenz

When the cards fall in your favour: a striking Carmen from Kasper Holten in Bregenz

By , 27 July 2017
****1
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London

Prom 17: Contemplations on death from Tchaikovsky and Simpson

By , 27 July 2017
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London

From Hull to St Petersburg: Xander Parish makes Mariinsky History

By , 27 July 2017
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Barcelona

The (not so) Merry Widow in concert at the Liceu

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

The Bolshoi’s Un-Shakespearean Shrew

By , 27 July 2017
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New York City

Mostly Mozart opens in major key exuberance

By , 26 July 2017
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Salzburg

An emotional L'Orfeo for Monteverdi 450

By , 26 July 2017
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Blandford Forum

Dorset Opera deals with the devil in Gounod's Faust

By , 26 July 2017
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London

Prom 16: Drama, modernism, philosophy and grandeur from Ilan Volkov and the BBCSSO

By , 26 July 2017
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New York City

On the Cusp: Gemma Bond Dance at The Joyce

By , 26 July 2017
***11
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Glyndebourne

One for sorrow: Claus Guth directs a taut, dark Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2017
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Worcester

Frank Beermann and the Philharmonia bring mischief and melancholia to the Three Choirs Festival

By , 26 July 2017
****1
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London

Prom 14: John Wilson and BBC Scottish Symphony dazzling and searching in English greats

By , 25 July 2017
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Blandford Forum

Threesome? Sheep? Le Comte Ory at Dorset Opera

By , 25 July 2017
****1
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London

PCM2: Collaboration in action from Van Wauwe & the Quatuor Van Kuijk

By , 24 July 2017
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London

Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

By , 24 July 2017
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London

Mendelssohn multiplied: mixed ensembles create entanglement at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 July 2017
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London

Tereshkina and Kim add fire to the Mariinsky Ballet’s dusty Don Quixote

By , 24 July 2017
***11
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Sydney

Sparking leads wow audience in rare Sydney concert performance of Thaïs

By , 24 July 2017
****1
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Verbier

A dazzling display of formidable technique: Grigory Sokolov at the Verbier Festival

By , 23 July 2017
****1
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Worcester

Questioning the quintessence of Britain: Elgar, Britten and Tippett at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 22 July 2017
***11
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London

Prom 10: Live Beethoven in every sense from Collon and the Aurora Orchestra

By , 22 July 2017
****1
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New York City

All’s right in the world of ballet: Jewels 50th anniversary

By , 22 July 2017
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Santa Fe

Steve Jobs scores a success in Santa Fe

By , 22 July 2017
***11
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Verbier

Brahms at altitude: Pavel Haas Quartet and Barry Douglas at the Verbier Festival

By , 22 July 2017
*****
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