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Daniel Harding © Aly Wright
Edinburgh

Wonderful choral singing makes for a stirring Mahler 8 in Edinburgh

By , 26 August 2018
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James Baillieu © Clive Barda
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival's Queen's Hall cycle closes with a Bernstein flourish

By , 25 August 2018
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Adrien Perruchon © Adrien Perruchon
Cleveland

Carmina Burana at Blossom: A new look at an old friend

By , 25 August 2018
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Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

It's Bernstein’s birthday: Alsop, Benedetti and the Baltimore Symphony celebrate in style

By , 25 August 2018
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Belfast

Ulster Youth Orchestra marks its quarter-century

By , 25 August 2018
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On the Town © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 57: On the Town where score, orchestra and conductor are the stars

By , 25 August 2018
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 56: Blistering Bruckner from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 24 August 2018
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Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Edinburgh

La Cenerentola at Edinburgh Festival: comic direction to savour from Stefan Herheim

By , 24 August 2018
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Susan Graham joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO © Chris Lee
Lenox

At Tanglewood, Andris Nelsons conveys a “sense of inevitability” in Mahler 3

By , 24 August 2018
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Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve
Cleveland

Handel, Haydn, Mozart: A superb summer evening at Cleveland’s Severance Hall

By , 24 August 2018
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Domingo Hindoyan © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Verdi’s Requiem at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm

By , 24 August 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes makes a dazzling EIF debut

By , 23 August 2018
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Cimbalom player Jenő Lisztes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 55: Jamming with Brahms and Liszt in Café Budapest

By , 23 August 2018
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Andrew McTaggart (Falstaff) © Opera Bohemia
Stirling

A fun-packed Falstaff from Opera Bohemia heading to the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 23 August 2018
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Anna Lucia Richter, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 54: Enescu sparks interest, Bartók disappoints, Mahler shows the path to bliss

By , 22 August 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Edinburgh

Hrůša's clarity of vision focuses Dvořák’s Requiem in Edinburgh

By , 21 August 2018
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Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 52: Gardner chisels out the bigger picture in Sibelius 2

By , 21 August 2018
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Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
London

Prom 51: A rare visit to the world of Per Nørgård

By , 20 August 2018
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Endings and beginnings: choral classics and a new commission from BBC Singers and Oramo

By , 20 August 2018
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Annelien Van Wauwe © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 50: Rugged Mahler, pale Mozart from Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish

By , 19 August 2018
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Seong-Jin Cho and the EUYO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 49: Eloquence and elegance from the EUYO, Noseda and Cho

By , 19 August 2018
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Sascha El Mouissi and Rafael Fingerlos © Lucerne Festival | Peter Fischli
Lucerne

Rafael Fingerlos and Sascha El Mouissi perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe, a product of its time

By , 18 August 2018
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Mansfield Park © Waterperry Opera Festival
Wheatley

Austen-tastic opera: Mansfield Park, Waterperry Opera Festival

By , 18 August 2018
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Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe © Priska Ketterer
Lucerne

Haitink brings out the best in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Lucerne

By , 18 August 2018
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St Patrick's © St Andrew Camerata
Edinburgh

Late night candlelit concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 18 August 2018
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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Cleveland

Perfect music for a summer evening: Gaffigan and The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 18 August 2018
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Magdalena Kožená in L'Enfant et les sortilèges © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 48: Rattle and the LSO play Ravel

By , 18 August 2018
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Ensemble Zefiro © Ensemble Zefiro
Auckland

Ebullience and piquant timbres: Ensemble Zefiro plays Mozart divertimenti in Auckland

By , 18 August 2018
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason outside the Usher Hall © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes his EIF debut playing Elgar's Cello Concerto

By , 17 August 2018
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO © Hilary Scott
Lenox

Storm inside and outside the Koussevitzky Shed: Nelsons and Boston Symphony at Tanglewood

By , 17 August 2018
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Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 47: a searing new violin ‘concerto’ from Philip Venables... and Bartók

By , 17 August 2018
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Riccardo Chailly and Lang Lang © Priska Ketterer | Lucerne Festival
Lucerne

Marvel and fantasy as the Lucerne Festival begins

By , 17 August 2018
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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
Edinburgh

Baroque meets jukebox musical in a wryly topical Beggar’s Opera at EIF

By , 16 August 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
Perth WA

Tristan und Isolde: a fabulous musical night for Perth

By , 16 August 2018
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Davide Luciano (Figaro) and Aya Wakizono (Rosina) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Pier Luigi Pizzi’s Barbiere triumphs in Pesaro

By , 16 August 2018
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Baiba Skride © Marco Borggreve
Lenox

At Tanglewood, the Skride Quartet excels in a rare piano and strings evening

By , 16 August 2018
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Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 45: A Franco-Russian Proms debut from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

By , 16 August 2018
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Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
London

Prom 44: Lili Boulanger steals the show in Morlot’s opalescent French tableau

By , 15 August 2018
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Robin Tritschler (Poet) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Anja Köhler
Bregenz

Thomas Larcher's The Hunting Gun receives world première at the Bregenz Festival

By , 15 August 2018
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Adina in Pesaro © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Adina in Wonderland: Lisette Oropesa shines in Pesaro

By , 15 August 2018
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Between two worlds with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

By , 14 August 2018
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Juan Diego Flórez (Ricciardo) and Pretty Yende (Zoraide) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Ricciardo e Zoraide: Orientalism at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 14 August 2018
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Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

By , 13 August 2018
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Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at Blossom © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Captivating Bach from Yo-Yo Ma in Cleveland

By , 12 August 2018
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Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
London

Prom 40: Two sides of Joshua Bell with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

By , 12 August 2018
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McFall's Chamber at the Fringe © McFall's Chamber
Edinburgh

Red Blue Balance: McFall’s Chamber's inspirational jazz fusion at the Fringe

By , 12 August 2018
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Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
Salzburg

Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

By , 12 August 2018
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Mikaela Bennett and Ross Lekites © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 38: Superlative playing from the John Wilson Orchestra in West Side Story

By , 11 August 2018
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Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

By , 11 August 2018
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Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
Sydney

Variations on brilliance: the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney

By , 11 August 2018
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