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Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 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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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Mary Bevan © Victoria Cadisch
London

Ravel's friends and rivals at Wigmore Hall

By , 15 September 2018
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Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Sydney

Transformers: big works in disguise from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 September 2018
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Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Scene-stealing villains in Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

By , 14 September 2018
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Rafael Payare © Luis Cobelo
Belfast

Rafael Payare opens his final Ulster Orchestra season

By , 14 September 2018
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Robert Trevino © Lisa Hancock
Dublin

Trevino leads powerful Mahler Second in Dublin

By , 14 September 2018
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Dana Burešová (Libuše) © Jakub Gulyás
Prague

A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

By , 14 September 2018
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Andres Orozco-Estrada © Werner Kmetitsch
Houston

A confused “Resurrection” at the Houston Symphony

By , 13 September 2018
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Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth © Attila Nagy, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

By , 13 September 2018
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Janine Jansen © Marco Borggreve
Zürich

The earthly and the transcendental: Berg and Mahler at the Tonhalle Maag

By , 12 September 2018
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Birmingham

Collision of the Old and New World brings fireworks to the CBSO's season opener

By , 12 September 2018
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
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The Little Humpback Horse © Zoran Jelenic
London

Les Ballets Trockadero's UK tour opens with a bang at the Peacock

By , 11 September 2018
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Alexander Liebreich © Bartek Barczyk
Hamburg

A celebratory platter of Polish music in the Elbphilharmonie

By , 10 September 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Ax/Kavakos/Ma: An all-star afternoon of Brahms at the Barbican

By , 09 September 2018
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Antwerp

Radiant Vilde Frang opens Antwerp season

By , 09 September 2018
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © Manuel Ajans | Lucerne Festival
Lucerne

Elegy, energy and epic dimensions: Dvořák and Brahms in Lucerne

By , 08 September 2018
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Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg

Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

By , 08 September 2018
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
Amsterdam

Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

By , 08 September 2018
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Staatsballett Berlin in Celis' Your Passion is Pure Joy © Jubal Battisti
Berlin

Beyond contemporary Ballet: Stijn Celis, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar open the Staatsballett Berlin's new season

By , 07 September 2018
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Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
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Gyula Nagy (Ulysses) © Marshall Light Studio
Dun Laoghaire

A gripping Return of Ulysses from Opera Collective Ireland and the Akadamie für Alte Musik

By , 07 September 2018
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Baiba Skride © Maarit Kyt Aharju
Lahti

Sibelius Festival in Lahti opens with Swanwhite rarity

By , 06 September 2018
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Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from Oundjian and the RSNO

By , 06 September 2018
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Antoine Tamestit and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 71: Byron's Harold the unlikely star in Gardiner's Berlioz bonanza

By , 05 September 2018
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Timothy Edlin (Caliban) and Frances Gregory (Sycorax) © Robert Workman
London

The Enchanted Island a rich and strange Baroque confection from British Youth Opera

By , 05 September 2018
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Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
London

Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

By , 04 September 2018
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Shantala Shivalingappa and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Play © Koen Broos
London

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Shantala Shivalingappa: Play

By , 04 September 2018
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The Berlin Philharmonic Soloists © Mark Pullinger
London

Gallic fare from the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists at Cadogan Hall

By , 03 September 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 69: Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss of Shostakovich 4

By , 03 September 2018
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
London

New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

By , 03 September 2018
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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 68: Extraordinary music-making from Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 02 September 2018
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Susan Graham, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 67: Nelsons and the BSO's Mahler Third is a model of clarity, but short on the killer punch

By , 02 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Congratulations, Esa-Pekka! Baltic Sea Festival celebrates a cherished conductor

By , 01 September 2018
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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 66: Kirill Petrenko makes belated Proms debut

By , 01 September 2018
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Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala in an Academy staging

By , 01 September 2018
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Jaap van Zweden © Wong Kin Chung
Hong Kong

Energetic Rachmaninov under Jaap van Zweden in Hong Kong

By , 31 August 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Martin Fröst © Micke Grönberg | Sveriges Radio
Stockholm

Jesper Nordin’s new large-scale multimedia work disappoints in Stockholm

By , 31 August 2018
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Tanztheater Wuppertal in Neues Stuck II © Mats Backer
Berlin

Stumbling into the unknown without Pina: Tanztheater Wuppertal in Alan Lucien Øyen:'s New Piece II in Berlin

By , 31 August 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 65: Bychkov shines in Berio’s '60’s fantasy

By , 31 August 2018
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Giedrė Šlekytė © Mattias Ahlm | Sveriges Radio
Stockholm

Šerkšnytė's Songs of Sunset and Dawn intoxicates at the Baltic Sea Festival

By , 30 August 2018
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Lise Davidsen and the LPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 64: Lise Davidsen shines in an awesome Verdi Requiem with the LPO

By , 30 August 2018
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Miah Persson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 62: An orchestral kaleidoscope from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 29 August 2018
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St Petersburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake © KT
London

Stepanova shines over St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's London season

By , 29 August 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 61: An affectionate Bruckner 4 from Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic

By , 28 August 2018
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Wallis Giunta © Dario Acosta
London

Lunch with Lenny: Wallis Giunta in Bernstein and Friends

By , 27 August 2018
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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra excel in rare Bernstein and popular Shostakovich

By , 27 August 2018
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Samuel Sakker and Anush Hovhannisyan sing Sardanapolo © Elena Giorgi
Lerici

Liszt’s ‘lost’ opera bursts back to life

By , 27 August 2018
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