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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

A manifesto against war: Dubugnon première impresses in Brussels, but Beethoven disappoints

By , 25 November 2018
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin bring breathless excitement to Brahms in Sydney

By , 25 November 2018
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Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

The first, forgotten Tudor Queen: Il castello di Kenilworth in Bergamo

By , 24 November 2018
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Raphaël Sévère © Matt Dine
Hong Kong

A Mozart classic and French impressionism with Hong Kong Sinfonietta

By , 24 November 2018
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Jago Brazier and Marin Alsop © Nick Cary | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Chichester

Bernstein's Psalms return to Chichester

By , 24 November 2018
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Christine Rice © Patricia Taylor
London

Sumptuous Schumann and bracing Brahms from the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 November 2018
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Imelda Drumm (Amneris), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Graeme Danby (King) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

In Dublin, an Aida that successfully strips away the Egyptian iconography

By , 24 November 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ghostly remembrances: Mieczysław Weinberg championed in Birmingham

By , 24 November 2018
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Allan Clayton (Candide) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Voltaire à la Kosky: a magical Candide at Komische Oper

By , 24 November 2018
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Anush Hovhannisyan (Violetta) © Jane Hobson (2017 for Scottish Opera)
Southampton

McVicar's Traviata is still darkly impressive

By , 23 November 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Berlin

Berlin remembers World War 1 with Beethoven's Missa solemnis

By , 23 November 2018
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Vittoria Yeo (Lady Macbeth) and Luca Salsi (Macbeth) © Michele Crosera
Venice

A psychological Macbeth from Michieletto and Chung at La Fenice

By , 23 November 2018
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Ray Chen © John Mac
Dublin

Memorable and exhilarating Tchaikovsky from Ray Chen with Stutzmann and the RTÉ NSO

By , 23 November 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony in Beethoven © Robert Torres
Boston

Sturm und drollery: Nelsons' Beethoven in Boston

By , 23 November 2018
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Cecilia Bartoli © Decca | Kristian Schuller
Amsterdam

Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

By , 23 November 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Decca | Justin Pumfrey
Vienna

Sublimely intimate Schubert from Mitsuko Uchida at the Musikverein

By , 23 November 2018
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Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesely
Berlin

Vienna comes to Berlin: Leonskaja's Schubert thrills the Pierre Boulez Saal

By , 22 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
London

Hrůša’s Slavic canvas and the mystery of Kabeláč

By , 22 November 2018
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The Unknown Soldier © ROH | Helen Maybanks
London

Alastair Marriott's The Unknown Soldier is a poignant tribute

By , 22 November 2018
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Arsen Soghomonyan, Ermonela Jaho and the LPO © Russell Duncan
London

Drama in concert: Elder and the LPO in Puccini's Le Willis

By , 21 November 2018
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Zürich

The body as a baton: Donald Runnicles conducts a stellar programme in Zurich

By , 21 November 2018
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Alasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

The Sound of War: Beatson and the Royal Northern Sinfonia play rare repertoire

By , 21 November 2018
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Stellar Fauna © Dorothea Tuch
Berlin

Kat Válastur's Stellar Fauna at Theatre HAU Hebel am Ufer is contemporary archaic

By , 21 November 2018
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Golda Schultz (Clara) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

It's a Wonderful Life: a new holiday tradition for the opera world

By , 20 November 2018
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Tognetti’s Beethoven, Beethoven’s Fifth: the ACO back in Sydney

By , 20 November 2018
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Madama Butterfly © Markus Gårder (September 2018)
Stockholm

Asmik Grigorian an extraordinary Butterfly in Stockholm

By , 20 November 2018
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Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

Mom’s a hooker, Santa’s the witch: Hansel and Gretel reloaded in Zurich

By , 18 November 2018
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Gábor Bretz © Rosellina Garbo
Palermo

Inevitable solitude in the Ricci/Forte's new diptych at the Teatro Massimo

By , 18 November 2018
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Valery Gergiev © Alexander Shapunov
Brussels

Devastating and dark Pathétique from Gergiev and the Mariinsky on tour in Brussels

By , 18 November 2018
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Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

By , 17 November 2018
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Susan Graham (Witch) © Cory Weaver
Los Angeles

Susan Graham stars in LA Opera's charming Humperdinck revival

By , 17 November 2018
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Nicoletta Manni (Dulcinea), Maria Celeste Losa (Queen of Dryades), La Scala's Don Quixote © Darren Thomas
Brisbane

La Scala's Don Quixote brings festive joy to Brisbane

By , 17 November 2018
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Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Hans Sachs) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Master masons: Holten’s Meistersinger comes to Melbourne

By , 17 November 2018
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Daniele Rustioni © Marco Borrelli
Belfast

Formidable Schubert from Daniele Rustioni and the Ulster Orchestra

By , 16 November 2018
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Daniel Harding, Alina Ibragimova and the Swedish RSO at the Elbphilharmonie © Claudia Hohne
Hamburg

A partnership that works: Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 November 2018
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Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera

By , 16 November 2018
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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Berlin

Tales of the unexpected: Ticciati and Tetzlaff at the Philharmonie

By , 16 November 2018
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Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Simon Boccanegra returns

By , 15 November 2018
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Wojtek the Bear © David Smythe
Edinburgh

McFall’s Chamber: Warsaw’s Tango and Afterwards

By , 15 November 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Russian pyrotechnics and robust Anglican religion contrast in BBC SO programme

By , 15 November 2018
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William Christie, Sandrine Piau and Alex Rosen © Richard Termine, courtesy of Lincoln Center
New York City

The Creation: Les Arts Florissants bring out Haydn’s inventiveness in New York

By , 15 November 2018
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Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

By , 15 November 2018
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Matthieu Lécroart (Raoul) © Leikny Havik Skjærseth
Trondheim

Finding Rossini’s French roots in Scandinavia: Grétry’s Raoul Barbe-bleue in Trondheim

By , 15 November 2018
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Thomas E. Bauer © Marco Borggreve
Auckland

Intense Mahler and Schubert from Thomas E. Bauer in Auckland

By , 15 November 2018
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Isabella Swietlicki in Jack Lister's B Sides © David Kelly
Brisbane

Augmented reality with Queensland Ballet's Bespoke Evening

By , 15 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Cleveland

Hrůša and Ax join Cleveland Orchestra in powerful Eastern European program

By , 15 November 2018
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Ion Marin © Courtesy of the BSO
Poole

Schubert and Bruckner torsos from Poole

By , 14 November 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

From sunrise to dreamy afternoons: orchestral sorcery from François-Xavier Roth and the LSO

By , 14 November 2018
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MMDG and the Silkroad Ensemble in Layla and Majnun © Susana Millman
London

Mark Morris Dance Group/ Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

By , 14 November 2018
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Lina Dambrauskaite (Semele) © Robert Workman
London

By Jove! A terrific Semele at the Royal Academy of Music

By , 14 November 2018
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