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Katie Bray (Zenobia) and Grant Doyle (Tiridate) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO's Radamisto: Uneven Handel in Hackney

By , 06 October 2018
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George Li © Simon Fowler
Kansas City

A Thousand Words: Carnival spirits from Michael Kurth at Helzberg Hall

By , 06 October 2018
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Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

By , 06 October 2018
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Jeanine De Bique (Rodelinda) and Tim Mead (Bertarido) © Simon Gosselin
Lille

Handel’s Rodelinda: A strong season opening at Opéra de Lille

By , 06 October 2018
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber launches a new era for the BBC Philharmonic

By , 06 October 2018
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Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
Southampton

Vaughan Williams ‘Unwrapped’ at the Turner Sims

By , 06 October 2018
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Shuaib Elhassan (with company members) in Common Ground © Chris Hardy
San Francisco

An alluring Common Ground in Lines Ballet / Kronos Quartet collaboration

By , 06 October 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Viktor Erik Emanuel | Kings Place
London

Spellbinding intimacy from Kolesnikov at Kings Place

By , 06 October 2018
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Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

Divine ire: two ballets inspired by Greek myth from the LPO

By , 06 October 2018
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NYCB in Matthew Neenan’s The Exchange, in costumes by Gareth Pugh © Paul Kolnik
New York City

Three World Premieres at New York City Ballet Deliver Much-Needed Jolt

By , 06 October 2018
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Elena Zhidkova (Marie) and Johan Reuter (Wozzeck) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

By , 05 October 2018
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Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium

By , 05 October 2018
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Estonian conductor Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
Liverpool

Transatlantic conversations with Tali directing piano duo Anderson & Roe in Liverpool

By , 05 October 2018
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Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst © Michael Pöhn
Cleveland

A richly detailed Mahler by The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst

By , 05 October 2018
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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Sydney

Magnetic bravura: Unshowy Gringolts dazzles Sydney audience

By , 05 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Cardiff

“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

By , 05 October 2018
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Berlin

Fantastic variations: Brett Dean's new Cello Concerto impresses at the Philharmonie

By , 04 October 2018
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Kyung Wha Chung © ICA Artists | Kang Taewook
Tokyo

Legendary Chung siblings give breathtaking Brahms in Tokyo

By , 04 October 2018
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Raphael Bouchard and Eline Malegue in Lady Chatterley's Lover © Sasha Onyschenko
Montreal

Les Grands Ballets taps into the emotional depths of Lady Chatterley's Lover

By , 04 October 2018
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Stephen Layton © Keith Saunders
Auckland

Stephen Layton leads a nuanced St Matthew Passion in Auckland

By , 04 October 2018
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Big, bold Minnie and Johnson in Met's Fanciulla: Eyvazov shines

By , 04 October 2018
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Kate Louise Macfarlane (Belinda), Bethany Hill (Dido) and Raphael Wong (Aeneas) © Bernard Hull Photography
Bowden

Bethany Hill and Raphael Wong make a great Dido and Aeneas pairing in Adelaide

By , 04 October 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
London

Rachmaninov with an authentic Russian flavour at Cadogan Hall

By , 04 October 2018
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Epilogue © Bill Cooper
London

William Forsythe offers us A Quiet Evening of Dance

By , 04 October 2018
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Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges | Sony Classical
London

Britten's War Requiem floods Westminster Cathedral with compassion

By , 03 October 2018
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Carlos Acosta in Bruce's Rooster © Tristram Kenton
London

Carlos Acosta: A Celebration

By , 02 October 2018
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Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

By , 02 October 2018
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Stephen Milling (Hagen) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

Milling’s powerful Hagen drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung

By , 01 October 2018
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Riccardo Zanellato (Attila) © Roberto Ricci
Parma

A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

By , 30 September 2018
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Sebastian Catana (Rigoletto) and chorus © Patrick Redmond Photography
Belfast

A gripping, dark, moving Rigoletto from Northern Ireland Opera

By , 30 September 2018
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Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Munich

Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

By , 30 September 2018
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Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

By , 30 September 2018
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Agneta Eichenholz (Alcina), Narea Son (Oberto) and Franco Fagioli (Ruggiero) © Hans Jörg Michel
Hamburg

Christof Loy’s Alcina still bewitches in Hamburg

By , 30 September 2018
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Zurab Zurabishvili (Pierre Bezukhov) © Ludwig Olah
Nuremberg

History today: War and Peace at Staatstheater Nürnberg

By , 30 September 2018
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Tango time © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A Cav & Pag double bill with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera

By , 30 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Eclecticism and excitement as Salonen continues his late Romantic traversal

By , 30 September 2018
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Paris

The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

By , 29 September 2018
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Alex Otterburn (Cascada), Máire Flavin (Hanna Glawari) and Alex Banfield (St Brioche) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's energetic Merry Widow is more than a mere period piece

By , 29 September 2018
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Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
Parma

Robert Wilson's lunar Trouvère in Parma is the antithesis of grand opéra

By , 29 September 2018
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Morlot shows true French colors in Seattle

By , 29 September 2018
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Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

By , 29 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
London

Skelton and Connolly impress in Das Lied von der Erde under Jurowski

By , 29 September 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos, Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFO © Cory Weaver
San Francisco

MTT offers familiar and unfamiliar Stravinsky in San Francisco

By , 29 September 2018
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Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Sydney

Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

By , 29 September 2018
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at the Royal Opera

By , 29 September 2018
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Franz Welser-Möst directs Lang Lang and The Cleveland Orchestra at the 100th Anniversary Gala. © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Cleveland

Lang Lang headlines Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th anniversary gala

By , 29 September 2018
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Viktoria Mullova © Henry Fair
Gateshead

Different temperaments: the BBC SSO play Sibelius and Nielsen at Gateshead

By , 29 September 2018
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Tamisha Guy of A.I.M. in Dearest Home © Steven Pisano
New York City

Kyle Abraham Takes A.I.M at The Joyce’s NY Quadrille

By , 29 September 2018
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Jaap van Zweden © Hans van der Woerd
New York City

Apocalypse not yet: Jaap van Zweden and the NY Phil combine new work with Bruckner 8

By , 28 September 2018
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