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The Princess and the Showgirl, Thick and Tight © Judita Kuniskyte
London

A wonderful night with Thick & Tight

By , 17 January 2019
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Mahan Esfahani © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Baroque Futurism: Mesmerising soundscapes from Mahan Esfahani at the Barbican

By , 17 January 2019
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Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
Düsseldorf

All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

By , 17 January 2019
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Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
Manchester

Dazzling Francesca Dego joins the Hallé for rousing Russian repertoire

By , 17 January 2019
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English National Ballet in Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

A fine company achievement: English National Ballet's Manon

By , 17 January 2019
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

SoundState: A bright future for new music at the Southbank

By , 16 January 2019
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Gerold Huber © Clive Barda | ArenaPAL
London

A Winterreise where the pianist leads the psychological journey: Gerhaher and Huber at Wigmore Hall

By , 16 January 2019
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James Streeter, Alina Cojocaru, jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

Cojocaru leads a fine cast in ENB's Manon

By , 16 January 2019
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Isabel Leonard (Mélisande) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The lights are out in Allemonde: Miller's dull staging of Pelléas et Mélisande returns

By , 15 January 2019
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Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

By , 15 January 2019
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 15 January 2019
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Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

By , 14 January 2019
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Tamara Wilson (Ariadne) and Andreas Schager (Bacchus) © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Welser-Möst unveils a musically superb Ariadne auf Naxos in Cleveland

By , 13 January 2019
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Van Kuijk Quartet © Nikolaj Lund
Liverpool

Van Kuijk Quartet captures enigmatic Ligeti in Liverpool

By , 13 January 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the London Symphony

By , 13 January 2019
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Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A tale of many Tchaikovskys: Herheim's The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera

By , 13 January 2019
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Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 January 2019
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Martha Argerich performs with the Oxford Philharmonic © Richard Cave
London

Stars shine on Oxford Philharmonic's 20th anniversary concert

By , 12 January 2019
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Northern Chamber Orchestra © Sara Porter Photography
Macclesfield

Flute, harp and Haydn in Macclesfield

By , 12 January 2019
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Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

By , 12 January 2019
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Francesco Piemontesi © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

From the sublime to the celestial: Piemontesi, Manze and the RLPO

By , 11 January 2019
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Christian Ihle Hadland © Nikolaj Lund
Dublin

Beethoven to remember from Christian Ihle Hadland and the RTÉ NSO

By , 11 January 2019
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Akram Khan Company, Until the Lions © Jean-Louis Fernandez
London

Akram Khan's Until the Lions returns to the Roundhouse

By , 11 January 2019
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Gweneth-Ann Rand © Paula Court
New York City

Philip Venables sets free the music in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis

By , 11 January 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Brussels

Magnificent Mendelssohn and Brahms from Blomstedt and the Concertgebouw

By , 11 January 2019
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John Harbison following the performance of his Second Symphony © Hilary Scott
Boston

To sleep, perchance to dream? Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison's Second Symphony

By , 10 January 2019
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
New York City

Jakub Hrůša emphasizes color at the New York Philharmonic

By , 10 January 2019
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John Adams © Vern Evans
Los Angeles

Starman dimmed? Glass’ latest Bowie/Eno opus proves no Life on Mars

By , 10 January 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
London

Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

By , 10 January 2019
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Mary Bevan © Viktor Erik Emanuel
London

Venus Unwrapped kicks off on an uneven playing field

By , 10 January 2019
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Edvin Revazov (Armand) and Anna Laudere (Marguerite) in The Lady of the Camellias © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Still going strong in Munich: Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias

By , 10 January 2019
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Alexander Melnikov © Marco Borggreve
London

Melnikov and Staier bring intimacy and fresh edge to Schubert at Wigmore Hall

By , 10 January 2019
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Anna Netrebko (Adriana) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Stars light up Cilea's humid potboiler at the Met

By , 08 January 2019
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Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
New York City

Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

By , 07 January 2019
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Jennifer France © Nick James
Birmingham

Jennifer France and the CBSO faultless in New Year's Concert at Symphony Hall

By , 06 January 2019
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Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Zürich

Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

By , 06 January 2019
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Pensiveness and intensity from Kolesnikov, Bukša and the Hermès Quartet

By , 06 January 2019
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Gan-ya Ben-Gur Akselrod © Tehila Sharafi Cobe
Belfast

Christoph Altstaedt takes Belfast to the City of Dreams

By , 04 January 2019
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Shiyeon Sung © Robert Torres
Boston

The Mendelssohns and Dvořák with Shiyeon Sung and the Boston Symphony

By , 04 January 2019
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Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández in English National Ballet's Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo
London

A Swan Lake worth seeing again at the Coliseum

By , 03 January 2019
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Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Heady Mozart and Strauss for dessert at Aurora's New Year's Eve concert

By , 31 December 2018
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Nicholas Collon and Nico Muhly © Viktor Sugeng
London

Happy New Year from Aurora and friends

By , 31 December 2018
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Michael McHale © Leon Gerald
Belfast

Ulster Youth Orchestra alumni celebrate their founding with a Russian evening

By , 29 December 2018
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Nicky Spence © David Bebber
London

Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert at Wigmore Hall

By , 28 December 2018
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Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

By , 28 December 2018
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Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall © Annabel Moeller
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker lights up London's Albert Hall

By , 28 December 2018
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Heiko Börner (Tristan) and Annemarie Kremer (Isolde) © Reinhard Winkler
Linz

A memorable recreation: Tristan und Isolde arrives in Linz from Bayreuth

By , 25 December 2018
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Montreal

Montreal's Choeur Métropolitain shines in their Singing As One concert

By , 23 December 2018
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Sofi Jeannin © Christophe Abramowitz
London

Seasonal gifts from the BBC Singers in Bach's Christmas Oratorio

By , 22 December 2018
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David Fallis and ensemble © Thomas May
Seattle

A fuller Monty: Early Music Seattle presents a splendid Monteverdi Christmas Vespers

By , 22 December 2018
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