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Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 02 March 2019
*****
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Mary Plazas (Elisabetta) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

An uneven Elisabetta from English Touring Opera

By , 02 March 2019
***11
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William Sharma (Puck), Madison Nonoa (Tytania) and Collin Shay (Oberon) © Clive Barda
London

“Lord what fools these mortals be”: Britten's Dream haunts the Guildhall School

By , 01 March 2019
****1
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Sarah Tynan (Hanna) © Clive Barda
London

Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow

By , 01 March 2019
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Bruges

Luminous Beethoven and impetuous Connesson in Bruges

By , 01 March 2019
***11
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London

Hell is other people – Wim Vandekeybus’ Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour

By , 01 March 2019
***11
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Bern Ballet in Jo Strømgren’s Salve Regina © Gregory Batardon
Bern

Ballet in Bern: Kontraste takes a mixed reception

By , 01 March 2019
****1
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

The healing power of faith: Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater in Boston

By , 01 March 2019
*****
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Ely Braund and Nicholas Shikkis in Lawrance's Detour © Chris Nash
London

Richard Alston Dance Company shines in Sadler's Wells mixed bill

By , 01 March 2019
*****
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New York City

NYCB's Winter Season: New Leaders, Classic Ballets

By , 01 March 2019
*****
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The community chorus of Agreed © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Community Chorus is star of the show in Glyndebourne's Agreed

By , 01 March 2019
***11
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Gustavo Dudamel © Gerardo Gomez | Fundamusical
Los Angeles

Hope triumphs over despair: Dudamel conducts Mahler's Ninth in LA

By , 28 February 2019
*****
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Kana Kimura in The Calling (Jessica Lang Dance) © Sharen Bradford
San Francisco

Jessica Lang Dance, pleasing but disappointing

By , 28 February 2019
***11
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Jamie Phillips © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Manchester

John Casken's Madonna of Silence premiered by trombonist Katy Jones and the Hallé

By , 28 February 2019
****1
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
Cleveland

François-Xavier Roth conducts colorful, brilliant Petrushka in Cleveland

By , 28 February 2019
****1
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Girls of the Golden West © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Adams’ dark Gold Rush opera arrives in Amsterdam

By , 28 February 2019
***11
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Musical painting from Marianne Crebassa, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 February 2019
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Giordano Bellincampi © Andreas Köhring
Auckland

Sweeping Bruckner but lacklustre Beethoven from the Auckland Philharmonia

By , 28 February 2019
***11
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F. Romanini
Seattle

Poetry and politics: Sir András Schiff does double duty with Seattle Symphony

By , 28 February 2019
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Zubin Mehta conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

New tricks for Zubin Mehta and the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 28 February 2019
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Silan Riener and ensemblein Tesseract © Ray Felix EMPAC
London

Charles Atlas,Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener's Tesseract disappoints at the Barbican

By , 28 February 2019
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Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger's The Nature of Us © Dorothea Tuch
Berlin

Listening to Nature’s Whispers: Angela Schubot & Jared Gradinger in The Nature of Us at HAU 2

By , 28 February 2019
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Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
London

Passion and playfulness in an engaging programme from Joshua Bell

By , 27 February 2019
****1
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Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Valery Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

By , 27 February 2019
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Ailyn Pérez (Alice) and Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City

A Falstaff to relish at the Met

By , 27 February 2019
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Andreas Ottensamer © Lars Borges
London

Diamond-hard German Romantics from Ottensamer, Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 February 2019
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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at City Recital Hall, Sydney © Steven Godbee
Sydney

Brandenburg performs Brandenburgs: the ABO turns thirty

By , 27 February 2019
****1
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Nicholas Merryweather (Robin Hood) © Robert Workman
London

Robin Hood: a satirical new opera in Peckham

By , 27 February 2019
****1
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Cullberg Ballet rehearsing Protagonist © Courtesy of Fondazione Musica per Roma
Rome

Cullberg Ballet's Protagonist in Rome: a mixed bag of intrigue and cliché

By , 26 February 2019
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David Szigetvári © Veronika Éder
Budapest

Handel's Joshua at the Liszt Academy, Budapest

By , 26 February 2019
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Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

There's no disguising it: duplicity and deceit as Così fan tutte returns to the Royal Opera

By , 25 February 2019
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Salonen shines as both composer and conductor with the Philharmonia

By , 24 February 2019
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Daniel Ottensamer © Julia Stix
Vienna

All about ensemble: Wiener Virtuosen, Thomas Hampson and Daniel Ottensamer at the Musikverein

By , 24 February 2019
***11
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La finta giardiniera © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

“What a commotion!” A slapstick Finta giardiniera in Zurich

By , 24 February 2019
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
London

Social turmoil and a personal meditation: Kirill Gerstein at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 February 2019
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Maria Agresta (Anna Bolena) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Rome

A great cast for Anna Bolena at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

By , 24 February 2019
****1
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Lauren Fagan (Alcina) © Felix Grünschloß
Karlsruhe

Handel's Alcina in Karlsruhe: a great production with great singing

By , 23 February 2019
****1
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Marc Albrecht © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Albrecht’s Mahler 8 is a fierce struggle for redemption

By , 23 February 2019
*****
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Musical worlds collide in Manchester: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic

By , 23 February 2019
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Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
London

Brecon Baroque celebrates women composers at Kings Place

By , 22 February 2019
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Sir James MacMillan © Hansvander Woerd
Glasgow

Sir James MacMillan’s 60th Astonishing Birthday Concert with SCO and Chorus.

By , 22 February 2019
*****
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Andrey Berexin Julie Shanahan and Tsai Chin Yu in Bon Voyage Bob © Mats Bäcker
London

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch brings Bon Voyage, Bob… to London

By , 22 February 2019
***11
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Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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Un ballo in maschera by San Carlo Theatre © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

The Swedish King is back in Naples for Un ballo in maschera

By , 22 February 2019
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Bernard Haitink conducts the BRSO © Peter Meisel
Munich

Flying Dutchman: Haitink conducts soaring Beethoven in Munich

By , 22 February 2019
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Dublin

Violinist Frang and conductor Măcelaru impress equally in an all Russian programme

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Oramo and the BBCSO offer three Austrians from three centuries

By , 22 February 2019
***11
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Sophie Karthäuser © Alvaro Yanez
London

Clara Schumann's songs: an evening of pure delight

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Hel) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

The Monstrous Child: Norse hell in the depths of the Royal Opera House

By , 21 February 2019
****1
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Katherine Aitken (Wild Woman) and Isolde Roxby (Aurora) © Robert Workman
Farnham

Clunky lyrics hamper Noah Mosley's Aurora at Bury Court Opera

By , 21 February 2019
**111
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