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Mick Morris Mehnert and David Butt Philip (Der Zwerg) © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

Zemlinsky takes centre stage in Deutsche Oper’s Der Zwerg

By , 24 March 2019
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Celine Byrne (Cio-Cio-San) © Patrick Redmond
Dublin

Superlative Celine Byrne makes INO's Butterfly a memorable experience

By , 24 March 2019
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Simon Halsey conducting the public domain © Doug Peters
London

LSO Futures: A mixed night of mostly new music at the Barbican

By , 24 March 2019
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Douglas Boyd © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Explosive Schubert and deft Mozart from the Philharmonia

By , 24 March 2019
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Helen Sherman (Carmen) and James Egglestone (Don José) © Soda Street Productions
Adelaide

An exciting open air Carmen in Adelaide

By , 23 March 2019
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The Jets © Prudence Upton
Sydney

West Side Story: A Manhattan Juke-Box on Sydney Harbour

By , 23 March 2019
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Bach meets Harbison in the Land of Shostakovich

By , 23 March 2019
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Andrei Ioniţă © Nikolaj Lund
Manchester

Magnificent Martinů and expressive Dvořák in Manchester

By , 23 March 2019
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Steven Isserlis © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Supergroup Fauré and Schumann at Wigmore Hall

By , 23 March 2019
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Sheffield

Splashing colour? The Hallé tackles Nielsen 5 in Sheffield

By , 22 March 2019
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Jörg Widmann © 2019 Steve J. Sherman
New York City

Extending traditions: Jörg Widmann and the Hagen Quartet at Carnegie Hall

By , 22 March 2019
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Mischa Maisky © Hideki Shiozawa
Brussels

Mischa Maisky shines in Tchaikovsky in Brussels

By , 22 March 2019
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Rafael Payare © BGE Rafael Payare
Belfast

Nature versus humanity: Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Shostakovich’s Leningrad

By , 22 March 2019
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Toshiyuki Kamioka © Antje Zei Loi
Tokyo

Kamioka and the New Japan Philharmonic reveal the beauty of Magnard's hidden masterpiece

By , 22 March 2019
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Pekka Kuusisto © Kaapo Kamu
Edinburgh

Playful, creative and joyous: Pekka Kuusisto directs the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 21 March 2019
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfired Hösl
Hamburg

In the minor mode with Omer Meir Wellber at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 21 March 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Welser-Möst leads Cleveland Orchestra in a mighty Heldenleben

By , 21 March 2019
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Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Outrageous fortune: A stellar opening night for La forza del destino at Covent Garden

By , 21 March 2019
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Martin Fröst © Mats Bäcker
Zürich

Believing in the music: Martin Fröst and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

By , 20 March 2019
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Sylvain Cambreling © Marco Borggreve
Tokyo

Sylvain Cambreling bids farewell to the YNSO with a great concert

By , 19 March 2019
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King Roger by the Royal Swedish Opera © Sören Vilks
Stockholm

Swedish première of Szymanowski’s King Roger in Stockholm

By , 19 March 2019
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Lena Belkina (Johanna) © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Make feminism, not love: Lotte de Beer’s Die Jungfrau von Orléans at Theater an der Wien

By , 18 March 2019
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Samantha Quillish (Iolanta) and Shengzhi Ren (Vaudémont) © Robert Workman
London

Emotion and mayhem: a golden double bill from Royal Academy Opera

By , 18 March 2019
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Jonathan Biss and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra © The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Mahtomedi

Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra explore Beethoven from two different angles.

By , 17 March 2019
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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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The Tales of Hoffmann at Teatro di San Carlo © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

The Tales of Hoffmann are beautifully told in Naples

By , 17 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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Cira Robinson,Sayaka Ichikawa and artists of Ballet Black in Ingoma © Bill Cooper
London

Ballet Black: Pendulum / CLICK! / INGOMA at the Barbican

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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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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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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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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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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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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© 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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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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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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