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Vadim Gluzman © Marco Borggreve
Hamburg

Souvenirs from the sunny south at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 21 February 2019
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Burkhard Fritz (Parsifal) and Peter Rose (Gurnemanz) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

A compelling Parsifal from Victorian Opera in Melbourne

By , 20 February 2019
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Zakir Hussain © Jim McGuire
London

Safety first: the Symphony Orchestra of India makes its London debut

By , 20 February 2019
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Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort © Andy Staples
Adelaide

Thrilling King Arthur from the Gabrieli Consort in Adelaide

By , 18 February 2019
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Atlanta

La Sylphide premieres in Atlanta

By , 17 February 2019
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Elīna Garanča © Holger Hage | DG
London

Crushed velvet: Elīna Garanča holds Wigmore Hall spellbound

By , 17 February 2019
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
San Francisco

Bach-inspired Mendelssohn from Sir András Schiff and the San Francisco Symphony

By , 17 February 2019
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Neal Davies © Gerard Collett
Glasgow

The Ultimate Romantic: BBCSSO uncovers Lélio, a Berlioz rarity.

By , 17 February 2019
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Daniil Trifonov, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Doug Peters
London

Dancing to disaster with Rattle and the LSO

By , 17 February 2019
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

Beethoven and Henderickx for a striking programme in Brussels

By , 17 February 2019
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Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

By , 17 February 2019
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Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

By , 16 February 2019
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John Lill © Askonas Holt
Liverpool

John Lill celebrates his 75th birthday in Liverpool

By , 16 February 2019
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
London

From the cradle to the grave: German Romantics from the Nash Ensemble

By , 16 February 2019
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Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Birmingham

Responding to the intangible: Grieg and Čiurlionis at Symphony Hall

By , 16 February 2019
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Sir Bryn Terfel © Mitch Jenkins | DG
Dublin

Sir Bryn Terfel entertains and charms in Dublin

By , 15 February 2019
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Danielle Bausinger and Dillon Malinski in KCB's The Lady of the Camellias © Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios
Kansas City

The Lady of the Camellias lives again in Missouri

By , 15 February 2019
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Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
Seville

The Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla connects the written word to music

By , 15 February 2019
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Staatsballet Berlin in Eyal's Half Life © Jubal Battisti
Berlin

The body matters: van Dijk, Eyal &Behar at Staatsballett Berlin

By , 15 February 2019
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Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
London

Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

By , 15 February 2019
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Mireille Asselin (Elena) and Meghan Lindsay (Paride) © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Reform romcom: Odyssey Opera’s Paride ed Elena

By , 15 February 2019
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Elim Chan © Willeke Machiels
Edinburgh

Valentine's Classics from the RSNO in Edinburgh

By , 15 February 2019
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

Chains of influence: Brahms and Handel from Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 15 February 2019
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Il re pastore at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice © Michele Crosera
Venice

A second chance for a teenager Mozart in Venice

By , 15 February 2019
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Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
Karlsruhe

Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

By , 15 February 2019
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Tanztheater Wuppertal in Papaioannou's Since She © Julian Monnert
London

With Papaioannou's Since She Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch take a bold step forward

By , 14 February 2019
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Brenda Lee Grech, Hannah Rudd and dancers of Rambert in Life is a Dream © Johan Persson
Glasgow

Rambert's Life is a Dream disappoints in Glasgow

By , 14 February 2019
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Boxwood & Brass © Tom Bowles
London

Master and pupil: Beethoven's Septet arranged by Czerny

By , 14 February 2019
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Harry Bicket © Dario Acosta
Cleveland

Cleveland Orchestra charms in all-Mozart program

By , 14 February 2019
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Il sogno di Scipione © Michele Crosera
Venice

Young Mozart returns to Venice: Il sogno di Scipione

By , 14 February 2019
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Carlos Miguel Prieto © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

An evening with the Hallé of rhythmical virtuosity with a lively dash of Hispanic colour

By , 14 February 2019
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Adrian Wilson © Kaupo Kikkas
Sheffield

Schumann, Reinecke and Brahms in the round with Ensemble 360

By , 14 February 2019
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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
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Helen Vollam performs Gavin Higgins' The Book of Miracles © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Miracles at the Barbican in Gavin Higgins' new concerto

By , 13 February 2019
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Steve Reich © Wonge Bergmann
London

All Reich on the Night with the London Sinfonietta

By , 12 February 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Divertimento #15 © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

SF Ballet's Program 2 is a Kaleidoscope of Vibrant Works

By , 12 February 2019
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Gallim Dance, To Create a World © Yi-Chun Wu
New York City

Gallim's To Create a World Disturbs and Intrigues At the Same Time

By , 12 February 2019
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
London

Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

By , 11 February 2019
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Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Manchester

A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

By , 10 February 2019
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Beethoven heroics among a sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

By , 10 February 2019
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Boris Giltburg © Sasha Gusov
Rotterdam

Electrifying Rach 3 from Giltburg in Rotterdam

By , 10 February 2019
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Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Pinned butterflies, but outstanding singing in Canadian Opera Company’s Così fan tutte

By , 09 February 2019
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Tan Dun © Columbia Artists
Los Angeles

Tan Dun's new Passion: from the Bodhi tree to Nirvana in 95 minutes

By , 09 February 2019
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Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging by David Pountney for WNO

By , 09 February 2019
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Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Verbruggen's Faun © Alice Blangero
Paris

An Afternoon with Nijinsky and Maillot's excellent Ballets de Monte-Carlo

By , 09 February 2019
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Dutch National Ballet in Requiem © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

A great Requiem premieres at Dutch National Ballet

By , 09 February 2019
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Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
New York City

Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

By , 08 February 2019
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Anita Rachvelishvili © Dario Acosta
London

In the limelight: the ROH Orchestra gets to shine on stage

By , 08 February 2019
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Musical transfigurations in Belfast with Payare and the Ulster Orchestra

By , 08 February 2019
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