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Markus Werba and Maria Rey-Joly © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

The first modern staged performance of Paër’s Agnese in Turin

By , 17 March 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Musacchio & Ianniello | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
London

Sex and subversion: Barbara Hannigan and the LSO

By , 17 March 2019
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Ruzan Mantashyan (Mahamaya) and Eric Jurenas (Sir Alexander) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Handel in the British Raj: Harry Kupfer returns to Komische Oper with a rarity

By , 16 March 2019
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Daniela Mack (Dorabella), Patrick Carfizzi (Don Alfonso) and Rebecca Farley (Fiordiligi) © Elise Bakketun
Kansas City

The Great War of the Sexes: Così in Kansas City

By , 16 March 2019
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Marlena Keine (Musetta) © Andris Tone
Riga

Four house debuts in Latvian National Opera's Bohème

By , 16 March 2019
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Maia Makhateli, Daniel Camargo and ensemble in Swan Lake © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

A Swan Lake of awe inspiring beauty in Amsterdam

By , 16 March 2019
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Guy Braunstein © Boaz Arad
Valletta

Leonine masterpieces from the Malta Philharmonic

By , 16 March 2019
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Carlo Vistoli (Orfeo) and Mariangela Sicilia (Euridice) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Rome

A minimalist reading of Orfeo ed Euridice in Rome

By , 15 March 2019
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Introdans in Polish Pieces © Hans Gerritsen
London

Dutch Masters: The welcome return of Introdans to London

By , 15 March 2019
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Latvian Radio Choir © Janis Deinats
Riga

Exceptional technique brings fervency and passion: the Latvian Radio Choir's Divine quiet

By , 15 March 2019
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Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
London

Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

By , 15 March 2019
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Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Boston

Also sprach Richard Strauss, Renée Fleming, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 14 March 2019
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Céline Cassone and Alexander Hille © Thierry Du Bois - Cosmos Image
Montreal

In Montreal, BJM pay tribute to Leonard Cohen

By , 14 March 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst © Carl Juste
Cleveland

Franz Welser-Möst leads American premiere of Okeanos, a new organ concerto, in Cleveland

By , 14 March 2019
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Bernard Haitink © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Bohemian Rhapsody: Haitink rocks 90 with the LSO

By , 14 March 2019
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Liverpool

Vasily Petrenko brings Sinbad’s ship to the Mersey

By , 14 March 2019
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Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
London

Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

By , 14 March 2019
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Iván Fischer © Marco Borggreve
Berlin

Absolute Stravinsky, absolute Iván Fischer!

By , 13 March 2019
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© Australian Chamber Orchestra
Sydney

Such familiar paths: Arrangements of Prokofiev and Beethoven from the ACO

By , 13 March 2019
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© Chris Christodoulou
London

Who knew desert islands could be such tuneful fun? Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe at the RCM

By , 13 March 2019
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Laura Wilde (Katya) © James Glossop
Glasgow

A finely sung Katya Kabanova in rust-bucket Russia

By , 12 March 2019
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Marcelo Gomes and Diana Vishneva in Bigonzetti's Vertigo © Daniil Golovkin
London

Context: Diana Vishneva's tour de force at Sadler's Wells

By , 12 March 2019
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Maria Kochetkova  in Staatsballett Berlin's La Sylphide © Yan Revazov
Berlin

A Romantic looking back: the Staatsballett in La Sylphide at the Deutsche Oper

By , 12 March 2019
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Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
London

A Grand Master returns: Maurizio Pollini at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 12 March 2019
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Milan

Gardner and Levit invigorate the Filarmonica della Scala

By , 11 March 2019
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Corinne Winters (Rachel) and Ray Cornelius Smith (Éléazar) © Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Antwerp

Mob mentality: a powerful La Juive at Opera Vlaanderen

By , 10 March 2019
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Diana Damrau © A. Bofill
Barcelona

Ambroise Thomas’ lavishly orchestrated Hamlet in concert at the Liceu

By , 10 March 2019
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Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Haitink at 90: Extraordinary Bruckner with the LSO

By , 10 March 2019
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WanTing Zhao (Lilac Fairy) in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty © Erik Tomasson | Courtesy of San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco

The Sleeping Beauty Reawakens in San Francisco

By , 10 March 2019
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Gateshead

Grieg without trolls: Oslo Philharmonic at Sage Gateshead

By , 10 March 2019
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Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Liège

Under the eye of Horus: a traditional Aida in Liège

By , 09 March 2019
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Bury Court Opera's The Turn of the Screw © Robert Workman
Farnham

A darkly atmospheric Turn of the Screw from Bury Court Opera

By , 09 March 2019
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Jan Casier (Nijinsky), W. Chen and R Mambelli (Two Petrushka Dancers) in Nijinsky © Carlos Quezada
Zürich

Zurich: Marco Goecke’s new age Nijinsky

By , 09 March 2019
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The Sixteen © Firedog
Sydney

The Sixteen bring British vocal music to Australia

By , 09 March 2019
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Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A potent concoction: Macbeth is ETO's hit of the season

By , 09 March 2019
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Yuka Iseda, Aleksey Babayev and Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Giselle © Arian Molina Soca
Philadelphia

Soloists and corps step up in Angel Corella's Giselle for Pennsylvania Ballet

By , 09 March 2019
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Charles Workman (Tammu) © Arno Declair
Berlin

Jörg Widmann's Babylon revised for Staatsoper Berlin premiere

By , 09 March 2019
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Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

A dance with past and present: Adès premieres his Piano Concerto in Boston

By , 09 March 2019
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Komische Oper Berlin's Zauberflöte © Michael Smith
Auckland

Kosky's mesmerising Magic Flute in Auckland

By , 08 March 2019
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Ziyi Dai and Charles Buttigieg © Tobin Del Cuore
Philadelphia

Mozart's Don Giovanni overwhelmed by pianos

By , 08 March 2019
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Steve Sherman
New York City

An outstanding Schubert Ninth from Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra

By , 08 March 2019
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Veronika Eberle © Felix Broede
Belfast

Veronika Eberle gives Belfast a night to remember

By , 08 March 2019
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Kari Kriikku © Marco Borggreve
Dublin

“Unicorn” clarinet spreads Saariaho's enchantment in Dublin

By , 08 March 2019
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Catherine Carby, ETO Chorus and Galina Averina © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Here be monsters: a bracing new Idomeneo from English Touring Opera

By , 08 March 2019
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Alessio Bax © Marco Borggreve
Kansas City

Rossini, Mendelssohn and Barber with the Kansas City Symphony

By , 08 March 2019
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NDCW in Fernando Melo's Afterimage © Rhys Cozens
London

Refreshing perspectives from National Dance Company of Wales

By , 08 March 2019
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Berlioz's Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral © Martin Kendrick
London

Berlioz's Requiem: Nelson's sublime anniversary tribute to one of France's greatest sons

By , 08 March 2019
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BBC Singers and Kabantu at Cutty Sark © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Fusion at the Cutty Sark

By , 08 March 2019
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Baroque brilliance brought to life by Richard Egarr

By , 07 March 2019
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Henrik Nánási and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra © Jeff Roffman
Atlanta

A taut Tchaikovsky Fourth with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

By , 07 March 2019
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