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London

Raw and thrilling Bartók and Mahler from the Philharmonia

By , 07 May 2017
*****
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Berlin

Full immersion: Spuck's gloomy Dutchman drops anchor at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 07 May 2017
****1
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Chicago

Perahia’s Chicago recital anchored by a probing Hammerklavier

By , 07 May 2017
****1
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Seattle

Seattle Opera's Magic Flute as enchanting as ever

By , 06 May 2017
***11
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London

A radiant recital from Karita Mattila at Wigmore Hall

By , 06 May 2017
****1
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Karlsruhe

Overflowing with emotions: Adriana Lecouvreur at the Badische Staatstheater

By , 06 May 2017
*****
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Washington

Madama Butterfly an aesthetic treat at Washington National Opera

By , 06 May 2017
****1
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Graz

Mother of all bel canto: Florentine Klepper’s Norma self destructs in Graz

By , 06 May 2017
***11
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London

The revolutionary spirit tamed: the LPO in Lindberg and Beethoven

By , 06 May 2017
***11
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Melbourne

Melbourne Carmen a feast of style and substance

By , 06 May 2017
****1
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London

Drama and poetry: the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo bring Varèse alive and kicking

By , 06 May 2017
*****
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Dublin

A sizzling hot Spanish offering: Moreno and Pons deliver exciting interpretations of Iberian music

By , 05 May 2017
****1
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Basingstoke

A beguiling evening of exotic spice from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

By , 05 May 2017
*****
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Sydney

Titanic effort by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Sydney

By , 05 May 2017
****1
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Berlin

Grand designs: Rattle conducts Bruckner 8 at the Philharmonie

By , 05 May 2017
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New York City

Thrilling Flying Dutchman at the Met under Yannick Nézet-Séguin

By , 04 May 2017
****1
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London

Full-on romantics: Tasmin Little lyrical in Tchaikovsky with Christoph König and RPO

By , 04 May 2017
***11
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Montreal

The golden ratio: Rosas gives us a masterclass in proportion and timing

By , 04 May 2017
****1
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San Francisco

Alonzo King and Bob Holman Unite to Revive Dying Languages

By , 04 May 2017
***11
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Oslo

Loving interior decoration: bland performances in Oslo

By , 04 May 2017
**111
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Stockholm

Iréne Theorin shines in Strauss at the Stockholm Konserthuset

By , 04 May 2017
****1
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London

Smudgy haze and glaring sunbursts: Boulez and Debussy juxtaposed by Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 04 May 2017
***11
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Adelaide

Eugene Onegin on the move in Australia

By , 04 May 2017
***11
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Cleveland

Ambiguity, half-truth, obfuscation: a transcendent Pelléas et Mélisande by The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 02 May 2017
*****
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Vienna

Indulgence and corruption: Bechtolf's Ring returns to the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 30 April 2017
***11
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London

Classy Bach playing from Vilde Frang at Kings Place

By , 29 April 2017
***11
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Berkeley

A truly kingly entertainment: Baroque beauty in Berkeley

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Minneapolis

Pugnacious Prokofiev from Ludovic Morlot and the Minnesota Orchestra

By , 28 April 2017
***11
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London

An evening to cherish: John Mauceri and the LPO dignified and moving

By , 28 April 2017
*****
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London

The Royal Ballet: Mayerling

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Stockholm

Strauss' Don Quixote shines alongside a peace message in Stockholm

By , 28 April 2017
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Karlsruhe

Twilight of the Wagner Clan depicted in a new opera in Karlsruhe

By , 28 April 2017
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Boston

A wild and crazy day: Le nozze di Figaro at Boston Lyric Opera

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Barcelona

Bach dressed by other composers in Barcelona

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Leeds

Magnificent Turandot in concert from Opera North

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Basel

A noble case for civil disobedience: Philip Glass’ powerful Satyagraha in Basel

By , 28 April 2017
*****
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Los Angeles

Morning Wagner at the Los Angeles Philharmonic

By , 28 April 2017
*****
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Frankfurt am Main

A dark and stunning new Rigoletto in Frankfurt

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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San Francisco

Wheeldon’s Cinderella infuses elegance with the weird and wonderful

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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New York City

A foggy evening at the New York Philharmonic

By , 27 April 2017
***11
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Berlin

Cracked mirror: La traviata at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 27 April 2017
****1
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Berlin

Winding voices: Jansons places the clarinet centre stage in Berlin

By , 27 April 2017
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Manchester

Elegance and excellence from Elder and the Hallé at Bridgewater Hall

By , 27 April 2017
****1
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Birmingham

Fabien Gabel brings a touch of French Romance to Birmingham

By , 26 April 2017
***11
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Montreal

The National Ballet of Ukraine brings Le Mariage de Figaro to Montreal

By , 26 April 2017
***11
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London

Heaven and Earth: Marek Janowksi ascends Bruckner 7 and admires the view

By , 26 April 2017
****1
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Cambridge

Fresh, funny, frivolous: Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience from English Touring Opera in Cambridge

By , 26 April 2017
****1
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New York City

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a Gem of a Dance Company

By , 26 April 2017
****1
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London

Motionhouse's Scattered

By , 26 April 2017
**111
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Poole

Wonderfully fresh-sounding Weber and fiercely energetic Mahler in Poole

By , 26 April 2017
****1
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