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Pavel Haas Quartet © Marco Borggreve
London

Compelling Smetana and Janáček from the Pavel Haas Quartet at Wigmore Hall

By , 10 December 2018
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Molly Barker (Zita) and Quentin Hayes (Gianni Schicchi) in Gianni Schicchi © Robert Workman
Manchester

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi in Manchester double bill

By , 09 December 2018
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Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

By , 09 December 2018
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Simone Lamsma © Otto van den Toorn
Pittsburgh

Shimmering showstoppers from Simone Lamsma, Yan Pascal Tortelier and the Pittsburgh Symphony

By , 09 December 2018
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Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
New York City

A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

By , 09 December 2018
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BNE in Ritmos © Jesús Vallinas
Madrid

Ballet Nacional de España presents a vibrant 40th anniversary gala

By , 08 December 2018
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Sean Shibe © Kaupo Kikkos
Perth

Musica Adventus: soulful Advent from the Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe

By , 08 December 2018
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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
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Roses in Scottish Ballet's Cinderella © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Cinderella lights up Edinburgh

By , 08 December 2018
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Milan

She came, she saw, she conquered: Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in a conservative Attila

By , 07 December 2018
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Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Rafael Payare

By , 07 December 2018
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Jessica Cottis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Mark Bowden's Sapiens: humanity in music from the London Sinfonietta

By , 07 December 2018
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Joshua Bell © Chris Lee
Zürich

Virtuoso violin, dynamic conducting: Joshua Bell and Jakub Hrůša in Zurich

By , 07 December 2018
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Vivica Genaux and Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Melbourne

A box of Baroque tricks: Vivica Genaux and Sydney's Pinchgut wow Melbourne

By , 07 December 2018
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Blowing away the cobwebs: epic Strauss from Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 06 December 2018
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

Magic and mystery in Liverpool with Wong, Kozhukhin and the RLPO

By , 06 December 2018
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Körper © Berndt Uhlig
Berlin

No body left behind: Sasha Waltz & Guest and Hans Peter Kuhn Körper at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

By , 06 December 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Requiem: Remembrance connections explored by Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

By , 05 December 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
London

An exceptional Bruckner 2 from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 05 December 2018
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Teodor Currentzis © Olya Runyova
Berlin

Cool brilliance: Currentzis conducts Mahler at the Philharmonie

By , 05 December 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Justin Pumfrey | Decca
London

Uneasy music, utterly riveting: Mitsuko Uchida plays late Schubert

By , 04 December 2018
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La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met welcomes Nézet-Séguin with a new Traviata

By , 04 December 2018
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Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
London

Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns to launch the festive season

By , 03 December 2018
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JoAnn Falletta © Brendan Bannon
Virginia Beach

Russo-Finnish favorites from Julian Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

By , 02 December 2018
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Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Paris

A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet: Actéon and Pigmalion at Versailles

By , 02 December 2018
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Kansas City Ballet in The Nutcracker © Brett Pruitt
Kansas City

A Nutcracker in Wonderland from Kansas City Ballet

By , 01 December 2018
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

By , 30 November 2018
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Ray Chen © John Mac
London

Ray Chen entertains in an uneven night for the Orozco-Estrada and the LPO

By , 30 November 2018
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A scene from Katrina Olsen's Mother's Cry © Pedro Greig
Sydney

Emerging choreographers with Sydney Dance Company's New Breed

By , 30 November 2018
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Rafael Payare gives Shostakovich 8 a rare airing in Belfast

By , 30 November 2018
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Hugh Tinney © Colm Hogan at Castletown House
Dublin

Thoughtful "Emperor" from Tinney and lively Symphony no.7 from Alber in Beethoven concert

By , 30 November 2018
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Quirijn de Lang (Lt Audebert), Richard Burkhard (Lt Horstmayer) and Timothy Nelson (Lt Gordon) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

The futility of war: Opera North gives Kevin Puts’ Silent Night its UK première

By , 30 November 2018
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus © Winslow Townson
Boston

Belated Bach: Boston Symphony debuts the Christmas Oratorio

By , 30 November 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 30 November 2018
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Julien Van Mellaerts (The Travelling Companion) and David Horton (John) © Robert Knights
London

“God save us all from goblins”: a rare outing for Stanford's Travelling Companion

By , 30 November 2018
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

A balance of form and passion: Lars Vogt plays Brahms with RNS

By , 30 November 2018
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Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
Liverpool

Varied sounds of America expertly played in Liverpool under Robert Spano

By , 29 November 2018
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Lewis' Water Will (In Melody) © Dorothea Tuch
Berlin

Unwilling moons in a dark sky: Ligia Lewis’ Water Will (in Melody) at Theater HAU am Ufer

By , 29 November 2018
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Vivica Genaux (Mandane) and David Hansen (Arbace) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

Hasse's Artaserse receives its Australian première

By , 29 November 2018
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Antoinette Halloran (Hanna Glawari) © Darren Williams
Adelaide

An effervescent Merry Widow from State Opera in Adelaide

By , 29 November 2018
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John Adams conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Adams conducts Adams (and Copland) in Cleveland

By , 29 November 2018
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Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Divine Geometry measures up under Kristjan Järvi

By , 29 November 2018
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Jian Wang © Xu Bin
London

Elegant and energetic: pacy Tchaikovsky from Long Yu and the Philharmonia

By , 29 November 2018
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Jaap van Zweden © Steven Pisano
New York City

Rarely played Britten, forceful Shostakovich at the New York Philharmonic

By , 29 November 2018
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
London

Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

By , 28 November 2018
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Claudine Schoch, Sergio Bustinduy, Paige Borowski, Debora Maiques Marin, Javier Rodriguez Cobos © Lucian Hunziker
Basel

Tribute to the Shtetl: Richard Wherlock’s Tevyje in Basel

By , 28 November 2018
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Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Cologne

An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

By , 28 November 2018
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Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (Rigoletto) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

A static Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

By , 28 November 2018
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Dystopian Dreams © Johan Persson
London

Diverse influences of music and dance displayed in Dystopian Dream

By , 27 November 2018
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Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Flawed heroics bring Barenboim's Sydney stint to a finish

By , 27 November 2018
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