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José Serebrier © Clive Barda
Dublin

Earthbound Planets but Serebrier première soars in Dublin

By , 28 September 2018
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
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Andrew Foster-Williams (Golaud), Elsa Benoit (Mélisande) and Rolf Romei (Pelléas) © Priska Ketterer
Basel

Hailing from No-man’s land: Pelléas et Mélisande in Basel

By , 28 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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Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
Paris

Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

By , 28 September 2018
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Freddy Kempf © IMG Artists
Manchester

Staples of the Romantic repertoire from Freddy Kempf and the NCO at Stoller Hall

By , 28 September 2018
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Alpesh Chauhan © Patrick Allen | operaomnia.co.uk
Birmingham

Chauhan takes CBSO from shaky start to triumphant finale

By , 27 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

End of the world hysteria launches Philharmonia season opener

By , 27 September 2018
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Stéphane Denève © SWR | Villa Berg
Amsterdam

An intense Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 27 September 2018
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Yefim Bronfman © Frank Stewart
Cleveland

Astonishing Bartók and Prokofiev in Cleveland

By , 27 September 2018
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Psappha © Psappha
Manchester

Finding the balance? Psappha with Ligeti, Kurtág and more at Stoller Hall

By , 27 September 2018
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

Not with a whimper but a bang: the LPO, Adès and Gerstein launch the new season

By , 26 September 2018
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Anna Netrebko (Aida) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

At The Met, Netrebko triumphs as Aida, with Rachvelishvili a powerful rival

By , 26 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre

By , 26 September 2018
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Lang Lang © Harald Hoffmann | Sony Classical
Atlanta

Lang Lang shines in all-Mozart concert in Atlanta

By , 26 September 2018
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
Brussels

Superb Dvořák 7 from Blomstedt and Vienna Philharmonic in Brussels

By , 25 September 2018
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Avant Garde Dance in Fagin's Twist © Rachel Cherry
London

Avant Garde Dance Company's Fagin's Twist is back at The Place

By , 25 September 2018
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Nicole Car (Mimì) and Vittorio Grigòlo © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Fresh talent breathes new life into The Met's traditional Bohème

By , 25 September 2018
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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Berlin

Dreams, spirits, but disappointing Bruckner from Ticciati and the DSO Berlin

By , 24 September 2018
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A chiaroscuro-free, shiny Samson et Dalila at The Met

By , 24 September 2018
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Patricia Racette (Elle) © Dominic M Mercier
Philadelphia

Ne quittez pas: A reimagined La Voix humaine in Philadelphia

By , 23 September 2018
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John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

By , 23 September 2018
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Tristan und Isolde © Bettina Stöß (2014)
Berlin

Musical riches at Deutsche Oper's Tristan und Isolde

By , 23 September 2018
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Smuin Ballet in Smuin's Schubert Scherzo © Keith Sutter
Walnut Creek

Preserving and making new the Smuin legacy

By , 22 September 2018
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Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Kansas City

West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

By , 22 September 2018
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Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Two arresting new works in Cleveland season opener

By , 22 September 2018
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Kevin Jackson and Jake Mangakahia in TAB's Spartacus © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

The Australian Ballet’s Spartacus: All is fair in love, and gladiator gore

By , 22 September 2018
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Piotr Beczała (Faust) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

La Fura dels Baus’ Faust 5.1 opens the new season at the Teatro Real

By , 22 September 2018
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Kevin Thompson, Kara Shay Thompson and Dominick Chenes © Keira Cronin
Boston

A glorious Odyssey Opera restoration: Gounod's La Reine de Saba

By , 22 September 2018
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Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

By , 22 September 2018
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
Atlanta

Dreamy Rachmaninov opens Atlanta season

By , 22 September 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Titanic Sibelius opens the BBC Philharmonic season

By , 22 September 2018
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Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Helsinki

An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

By , 21 September 2018
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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

By , 21 September 2018
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Hugo Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
London

Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt completely infectious at Kings Place

By , 21 September 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
London

A modest virtuoso: James Ehnes at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 September 2018
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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Dublin

Dark, passionate Dvořák 7 for Culture Night from Stutzmann and the RTÉ NSO

By , 21 September 2018
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Alexander Melnikov © Marco Borggreve
London

A great Wigmore evening with Alexander Melnikov and Cuarteto Casals

By , 20 September 2018
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Constellation Chor in Filament © Steven Pisano
New York City

Jaap van Zweden signals new rituals for the New York Philharmonic

By , 20 September 2018
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Marietta Simpson (Martha) and Frederica von Stade (Danny) © Steven Pisano
Philadelphia

Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia

By , 20 September 2018
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ENB in Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land © Laurent Liotardo
London

ENB's Lest We Forget opens at Sadler's Wells

By , 20 September 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO in energetic Sibelius 5

By , 19 September 2018
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Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
Auckland

Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

By , 19 September 2018
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Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
London

A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

By , 18 September 2018
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Diego Vásquez and Winnie Huang dance Inori © Adam Janisch
Berlin

Stockhausen marathon at the Musikfest Berlin

By , 18 September 2018
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Alla Snizova (C Hopuy) and Mikhail Mypansarov (R Vega)  in Tchaikovsky PDD (after G Balanchine) © Emma Kauldhar
London

The Trocks continue to delight London

By , 18 September 2018
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Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle and the LSO launch their season

By , 18 September 2018
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Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Magical musicianship, but drab direction: Alcina at Theater an der Wien

By , 17 September 2018
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Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

By , 16 September 2018
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