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Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández in English National Ballet's Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo
London

A Swan Lake worth seeing again at the Coliseum

By , 03 January 2019
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Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Heady Mozart and Strauss for dessert at Aurora's New Year's Eve concert

By , 31 December 2018
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Nicholas Collon and Nico Muhly © Viktor Sugeng
London

Happy New Year from Aurora and friends

By , 31 December 2018
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Michael McHale © Leon Gerald
Belfast

Ulster Youth Orchestra alumni celebrate their founding with a Russian evening

By , 29 December 2018
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Nicky Spence © David Bebber
London

Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert at Wigmore Hall

By , 28 December 2018
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Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

By , 28 December 2018
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Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall © Annabel Moeller
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker lights up London's Albert Hall

By , 28 December 2018
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Heiko Börner (Tristan) and Annemarie Kremer (Isolde) © Reinhard Winkler
Linz

A memorable recreation: Tristan und Isolde arrives in Linz from Bayreuth

By , 25 December 2018
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Montreal

Montreal's Choeur Métropolitain shines in their Singing As One concert

By , 23 December 2018
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Washington

Folger Consort dishes up a smorgasbord of seasonal English music

By , 22 December 2018
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Avi Avital © Zohar Ron
London

Cloudbursts and Venetian sunshine from Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra at Wigmore Hall

By , 22 December 2018
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Sofi Jeannin © Christophe Abramowitz
London

Seasonal gifts from the BBC Singers in Bach's Christmas Oratorio

By , 22 December 2018
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David Fallis and ensemble © Thomas May
Seattle

A fuller Monty: Early Music Seattle presents a splendid Monteverdi Christmas Vespers

By , 22 December 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Orchestre Métropolitain | François Goupil
Montreal

Orchestre Métropolitain renders a poignant Mahler 9

By , 21 December 2018
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Benjamin Appl © Uwe Arens | Sony Classical
London

Not quite the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

By , 21 December 2018
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Jakub Hrůša, Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Czech Philharmonic © Petra Hajská
Prague

In Prague, an orchestra in transition

By , 19 December 2018
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Berlin

On being alive: Body of evidence, Sasha Waltz’s Kreatur at the Radialsystem

By , 19 December 2018
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Antoine Tamestit and Teodor Currentzis © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

A study in suffering: Schnittke and Tchaikovsky from Currentzis at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 19 December 2018
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Sophie Bevan © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Britten Sinfonia's electric Messiah: Look, no hands!

By , 19 December 2018
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Artists of the Royal Ballet in Ashton's Les Patineurs © Alice Pennefather | ROH, 2018
London

A winter triple bill at The Royal Ballet: Les Patineurs/Winter Dreams/The Concert

By , 18 December 2018
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Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic © Markus Werner
Berlin

Musical wonders: the Vienna Philharmonic brings Bruckner and Mozart to Berlin

By , 18 December 2018
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Paul McCreesh conducts the OSM © Antoine Saito
Montreal

Montreal audience elated with OSM's Messiah

By , 18 December 2018
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Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

By , 17 December 2018
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Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

“A very palpable hit”: Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival at the Opéra Comique

By , 17 December 2018
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Étienne Dupuis, Karen Cargill and Edward Gardner © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Sublime care and craft: Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ

By , 17 December 2018
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Alondra de la Parra © Erika Mayer
Hamburg

Women in the driving seat at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 December 2018
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Les pêcheurs de perles © Susanne Schwiertz
Zürich

“Love makes us enemies”: Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in Zurich

By , 16 December 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Humanity, warmth, and excitement in Rattle’s folk music-inspired programme

By , 16 December 2018
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Sol Gabetta © Uwe Arens
Hamburg

A French orchestral melange with Franck and Gabetta at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 15 December 2018
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Waltz of the Snowflakes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' Nutcracker © Veronyc Vachon
Montreal

A Christmas miracle: Les Grands Ballets' updated Nutcracker

By , 15 December 2018
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Káťa Kabanová © Luciano Romano
Naples

Kàt’a Kabanova takes flight in Naples

By , 15 December 2018
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Long Yu © Yan Liang
Hong Kong

Weaving tales: Long Yu conducts Scheherazade in Hong Kong

By , 15 December 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Russell Hart
Amsterdam

Ravishment without drama in Dutch premiere of A Village Romeo and Juliet

By , 15 December 2018
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Alex Esposito © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

A Mixed Evening at Deutsche Oper Berlin's new Les Contes d'Hoffmann

By , 15 December 2018
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Janine Jansen © Marco Borggreve
Zürich

Janine Jansen undertakes a Solitary Journey in Zurich

By , 15 December 2018
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Ludus Baroque © Andy Staples
Edinburgh

Seasonal joy from Ludus Baroque with the Marian Consort in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

By , 14 December 2018
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Aoi Trio © Suntory Hall
Tokyo

Aoi Trio makes a celebrated return to Suntory Hall’s Blue Rose

By , 14 December 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Rattle and the LSO on toe-tapping form

By , 13 December 2018
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Rina Kanehara and Jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker closes 2018 at the Coliseum

By , 13 December 2018
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Jean Sibelius in 1913 © Wikicommons, public domain
Manchester

Tom Poster stars in a Hallé concert of Nordic magic

By , 13 December 2018
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Hanna Hipp (Hänsel), Jennifer Davis (Gretel) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

A classic fairytale executed with style: Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal Opera

By , 13 December 2018
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San Francisco Ballet in The Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker proudly carries on the tradition

By , 12 December 2018
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Dresden

A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

By , 12 December 2018
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Matthew Ball (Swan) and Liam Mower (Prince) © Johan Persson
London

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake triumphantly takes flight once again

By , 12 December 2018
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Martin Fröst and Henrik Måwe © Kevin Yataruba, courtesy of Lincoln Center
New York City

A magician at Lincoln Center: Martin Fröst

By , 12 December 2018
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Yen Han and Matthew Knight (Clowns) and William Moore (Nutcracker), Nutcracker and the Mouse King © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A redesign in Zürich

By , 11 December 2018
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Baritone sax player Miro Tóth and composer Jan Trojan © Milan Mosna | Václav Hodina
Prague

A thrilling vision of an electric future in Prague

By , 10 December 2018
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Pavel Haas Quartet © Marco Borggreve
London

Compelling Smetana and Janáček from the Pavel Haas Quartet at Wigmore Hall

By , 10 December 2018
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Molly Barker (Zita) and Quentin Hayes (Gianni Schicchi) in Gianni Schicchi © Robert Workman
Manchester

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi in Manchester double bill

By , 09 December 2018
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Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

By , 09 December 2018
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