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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Beethoven heroics among a sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

By , 10 February 2019
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Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging by David Pountney for WNO

By , 09 February 2019
***11
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Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Verbruggen's Faun © Alice Blangero
Paris

An Afternoon with Nijinsky and Maillot's excellent Ballets de Monte-Carlo

By , 09 February 2019
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Dutch National Ballet in Requiem © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

A great Requiem premieres at Dutch National Ballet

By , 09 February 2019
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Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Pinned butterflies, but outstanding singing in Canadian Opera Company’s Così fan tutte

By , 09 February 2019
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Tan Dun © Columbia Artists
Los Angeles

Tan Dun's new Passion: from the Bodhi tree to Nirvana in 95 minutes

By , 09 February 2019
*****
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
*****
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Musical transfigurations in Belfast with Payare and the Ulster Orchestra

By , 08 February 2019
***11
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Copland's Third Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

Adventures in programming: Wilson, Szymanowski and Copland with Batiashvili, Nelsons and the BSO

By , 08 February 2019
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David Parry © Marco Borrelli
London

A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO perform Mendelssohn, Chopin and Elgar

By , 08 February 2019
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Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
Prague

Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

By , 08 February 2019
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Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
New York City

Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

By , 08 February 2019
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Anita Rachvelishvili © Dario Acosta
London

In the limelight: the ROH Orchestra gets to shine on stage

By , 08 February 2019
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Alina Pogostkina © Nikolaj Lund
London

Stormy passions: The Red Priest and his Muses celebrated at Wigmore Hall

By , 07 February 2019
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Peter Eötvös © Klaus Rudolph
London

Intangible cosmos: Eötvös and three 20th-century classics from the Philharmonia

By , 07 February 2019
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Ray Chen © John Mac
Los Angeles

LA Phil celebrates Chinese Year of the Pig with a French-Chinese menu

By , 07 February 2019
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Julian Bliss © Ben Wright
Lancaster

BBC Philharmonic up close in Lancaster

By , 07 February 2019
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Garrick Ohlsson © Dario Acosta
Cleveland

Ohlsson and Gilbert conquer Busoni’s Piano Concerto in Cleveland

By , 07 February 2019
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Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
Amsterdam

The many facets of Renée Fleming in recital at the Concertgebouw

By , 07 February 2019
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Anne Sofie von Otter (Madame de Croissy) © Micke Sandström | Kungliga Operan
Stockholm

Anne Sofie von Otter dominates the scene in Stockholm's Carmélites

By , 06 February 2019
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Pärtly Bach: ACO season opens in meditative tone in Sydney

By , 06 February 2019
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Alexandria Marx and Dingkai Bai in What got you here © Hans Gerritsen
Gouda

A boisterous Junior Company showcases experimental choreography in Gouda

By , 05 February 2019
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Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
London

Spliced: Mozart, Magdalena and the OAE mix it up

By , 04 February 2019
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Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Two great Royal Opera debuts aren't enough to lift a Katya Kabanova lacking in drama

By , 04 February 2019
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Shelley Jackson (Anna Bolena) © Alan Humerose
Lausanne

Over the top and splendid: a “Zeffirellian” Anna Bolena in Lausanne

By , 03 February 2019
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Radu Lupu © Priska Ketterer
London

Limpid clarity: Beethoven and Rachmaninov from Lupu, Järvi and the Philharmonia

By , 03 February 2019
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Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

By , 03 February 2019
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Jamie Barton (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Jeff Roffman
Atlanta

A gut-wrenching story of redemption: Atlanta Opera presents Dead Man Walking

By , 02 February 2019
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Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Berlin

When death is an old-fashioned portrait

By , 02 February 2019
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Katie Bray (Varvara), Stephanie Corley (Katya) © Jane Hobson
Leeds

It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds

By , 02 February 2019
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Mary Bevan © BBC | Mark Allan
London

A disappointing Mass in B minor from the BBCSO

By , 02 February 2019
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Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Fire burn and cauldron bubble: Tetzlaff, Ticciati and the LPO

By , 02 February 2019
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David Brophy © RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Dublin

Irish composers shine in Dublin concert series

By , 01 February 2019
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Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni © Robert Torres
Boston

No Tenors Allowed: Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni at Jordan Hall

By , 01 February 2019
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Stunning sound from the RSNO in Bruckner and Mahler

By , 01 February 2019
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London Mozart Players © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Sheffield

London Mozart Players launch Sheffield City Hall's “Explore Mozart” series

By , 01 February 2019
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Carolyn Sampson © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

French delights from François Leleux and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 31 January 2019
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
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Clemens Schuldt © Marco Borggreve
Poole

Hard-driven Brahms from Clemens Schuldt and the Bournemouth SO

By , 30 January 2019
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Nobuyuki Tsujii © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Surface clatter and turbulent storms in Nobuyuki Tsujii’s QEH recital

By , 30 January 2019
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Leo De Beul and ensemble in Peeping Tom's Vader © Oleg Degtiarov
London

Ageing onstage in Peeping Tom's Vader

By , 30 January 2019
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Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney

By , 30 January 2019
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Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Antwerp

Isabelle Faust shines in German early romantics programme from Gardiner and the LSO

By , 30 January 2019
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Tango Fire © Olivier Neubert
London

Tango Fire returns to The Peacock

By , 29 January 2019
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Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom, Bilal El Had, José Paulo dos Santos, A Love Supreme © Anne-Van-Aerschot
Montreal

Rosas offers a study in elation, elegance and exaltation

By , 29 January 2019
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Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

By , 28 January 2019
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Plácido Domingo conducts the Prague National Theatre Orchestra © Radovan Šubín
Prague

Domingo follows Mozart's footsteps in Prague

By , 27 January 2019
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Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
London

A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2019
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Tamsin Waley-Cohen © Ben Russell
London

Venus and the Violin: Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins at Kings Place

By , 27 January 2019
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Robert Trevino © Musacchio & Ianniello
Liverpool

Lots to say: Mozart and Mahler in Liverpool

By , 27 January 2019
****1
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