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Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney

By , 30 January 2019
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Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Antwerp

Isabelle Faust shines in German early romantics programme from Gardiner and the LSO

By , 30 January 2019
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
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Clemens Schuldt © Marco Borggreve
Poole

Hard-driven Brahms from Clemens Schuldt and the Bournemouth SO

By , 30 January 2019
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Tango Fire © Olivier Neubert
London

Tango Fire returns to The Peacock

By , 29 January 2019
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Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom, Bilal El Had, José Paulo dos Santos, A Love Supreme © Anne-Van-Aerschot
Montreal

Rosas offers a study in elation, elegance and exaltation

By , 29 January 2019
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Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

By , 28 January 2019
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Robert Trevino © Musacchio & Ianniello
Liverpool

Lots to say: Mozart and Mahler in Liverpool

By , 27 January 2019
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Marianne Crebassa © Simon Fowler | Warner Classics
Milan

Elegance and finesse: Marianne Crebassa in recital at La Scala

By , 27 January 2019
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Plácido Domingo conducts the Prague National Theatre Orchestra © Radovan Šubín
Prague

Domingo follows Mozart's footsteps in Prague

By , 27 January 2019
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Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
London

A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2019
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Tamsin Waley-Cohen © Ben Russell
London

Venus and the Violin: Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins at Kings Place

By , 27 January 2019
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Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

La Cetra dazzles in Juditha triumphans at Dutch National Opera

By , 26 January 2019
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Ben Gernon © Petr Kadlec | Czech Philharmonic
Manchester

Stirring Mozart and Tchaikovsky from Gernon, Cooper and BBC Philharmonic.

By , 26 January 2019
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Venera Gimadieva (Amina) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Venera Gimadieva's dark coloratura impresses in Deutsche Oper Berlin's Sonnambula

By , 26 January 2019
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Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

By , 26 January 2019
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Vassily Sinaisky © Marco Borggreve
Gateshead

Trampled by the Russian troika: St Petersburg Philharmonic at The Sage

By , 26 January 2019
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Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO © Peter Meisel
London

Straussian perfection from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO at the Barbican

By , 26 January 2019
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Ralph van Raat © Simon van Boxtel
Zürich

A “journey of discovery” in Zurich: Tan Dun conducts the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

By , 26 January 2019
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Lawrence Renes © Mats Bäcker
Valletta

The Maltese embrace Austro-German Romanticism in Valletta

By , 26 January 2019
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Mathilde Froustey in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote © Erik Tommason
San Francisco

A festive, spirited Don Quixote opens San Francisco Ballet’s 86th season

By , 25 January 2019
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RTÉ Philharmonic Choir © RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Dublin

Pleasing rendition of Great Opera Choruses by RTE Philharmonic Choir

By , 25 January 2019
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

By , 25 January 2019
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Bernard Haitink © Todd Rosenberg
Amsterdam

Exploring Romanticism: Haitink and the RCO perform Mozart and Brahms

By , 25 January 2019
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Kaija Saariaho © Robert Torres
Boston

Northern lights: John Storgårds leads the Boston Symphony in Saariaho, Mozart, and Sibelius

By , 25 January 2019
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Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

By , 24 January 2019
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The world premiere of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth © Steven Pisano
New York City

Jazz, tragedy and a Julia Wolfe premiere kick off New York Phil’s “New York Stories” series

By , 24 January 2019
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S. Ballone, M. Agostino, C. Fiandra and A. Riso in La Scala Ballet's Winterreise © Brescia e Amisano
Milan

Crystal-like dismay buried in snow and detritus: Preljocaj's Winterreise at a dead end

By , 24 January 2019
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Jonathan Stoughton © Patrik Borecký
Prague

Jonny plays a sour tune

By , 24 January 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Bleak polar landscapes evoked by The Hallé in Sinfonia Antartica

By , 24 January 2019
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

France 2 – 0 Finland: an uneven match under Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 24 January 2019
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir © Saga Sigurdardottir
Berlin

Exploring extremes: a rich, rewarding programme from Alan Gilbert and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 24 January 2019
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Anna Finkel in Gecko's The Wedding © Richard Haughton
London

Gecko's The Wedding comes to London's International Mime Festival

By , 24 January 2019
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Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in George Balanchine's Rubies © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet struts its stuff at Gala #86

By , 23 January 2019
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Itzhak Perlman, Otto Tausk and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra © Matthew Baird | VSO
Vancouver

The Vancouver Symphony with penetrating insight from Perlman in Mendelssohn and Williams

By , 23 January 2019
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Steven Isserlis and Sakari Oramo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan
London

Steven Isserlis silences the Schumann doubters

By , 23 January 2019
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Gira © José Luiz Pederneiras
Montreal

Grupo Corpo bring voluptuous samba vibes to Montreal

By , 23 January 2019
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Seong-Jin Cho at Carnegie Hall in 2017 © Julien Jourdes
New York City

Seong-Jin Cho brings his remarkable tonal abilities to Carnegie Hall

By , 22 January 2019
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Rafał Blechacz © Felix Broede | DG
London

Superb in Chopin... and more: Rafał Blechacz at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 January 2019
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Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger in recital at the Pierre Boulez Saal © Peter Adamik
Berlin

A consummate storyteller: Thomas Hampson in “Schubert Week” recital in Berlin

By , 21 January 2019
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Arthur Bruce (Gianni Schicchi) © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland | Robbie McFadzean
Glasgow

A perfect antidote to those January blues: Stylish, witty double bill at RCS

By , 21 January 2019
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Mark Morouse (Marx) and Boyan Di (Pawnbroker) © Thilo Beu
Bonn

Marx in London: A madcap comedy and musically rich opera at Theater Bonn

By , 20 January 2019
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London

Winding journeys of song at Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 20 January 2019
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Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Liverpool

Profoundly serious Sibelius from the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko

By , 20 January 2019
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Johannes Moser © Sarah Wijzenbeek
Atlanta

Atlanta Symphony Hall: Shostakovich shock and awe

By , 19 January 2019
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Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

By , 19 January 2019
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Reece Clarke and Beatriz Stix Brunell in Ashton's The Two Pigeons © ROH, 2019 | Bill Cooper
London

Asphodel Meadows/ The Two Pigeons, a beautiful pairing of Royal Ballet repertoire

By , 19 January 2019
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Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
London

A medley of melodies from Joshua Bell and the ASMF

By , 19 January 2019
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Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side – from Opera North

By , 19 January 2019
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Irmina Kopaczynska in Kylián's Sweet Dreams © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

The Zurich ballet pays tribute to Jiří Kylián, master of the dance

By , 19 January 2019
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