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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Glasgow

A partnership to watch: vibrant Rachmaninov One from Søndergård and the RSNO

By , 13 October 2018
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Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg

Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

By , 13 October 2018
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Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Overwrought and over-thought: Fiona Shaw directs Cendrillon for the Glyndebourne Tour

By , 13 October 2018
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Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

By , 13 October 2018
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Atlanta

Märkl leads a first-rate Daphnis et Chloé in Atlanta

By , 13 October 2018
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Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Birmingham

Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 13 October 2018
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Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle in Dublin

By , 12 October 2018
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Noel Bouley Germont) and Emanuele D’Aguanno (Alfredo) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Mané Galoyan steals the show in a Traviata for our age

By , 12 October 2018
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KC Ballet dancers James Kirby Rogers as the Scarecrow with Amanda DeVenuta and company dancers © Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios
Kansas City

Dorothy's Back in Kansas

By , 12 October 2018
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Julie Cunningham's m/y © Johan Persson
London

Julie Cunningham/ Botis Seva/ Alesandra Seutin: Reckonings at Sadler's Wells

By , 11 October 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Amsterdam

An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 11 October 2018
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Boston

A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

By , 11 October 2018
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NDT2 in Clug's Mutual Comfort © Joris Jan Bos Photography
Berlin

Let the dust settle: NDT 2 floods the Haus der Berliner Festspiele with images

By , 11 October 2018
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Gardner's Zarathustra and the Glagolitic Mass impress in Manchester

By , 11 October 2018
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Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
London

With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess

By , 11 October 2018
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Pretty Yende (Elvira) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

Vocal sparkle but a dull staging in the Liceu's Puritani

By , 11 October 2018
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Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Petr Kadlec
Prague

A fresh start for the Czech Philharmonic

By , 10 October 2018
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Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
London

Canellakis, Aimard and the London Philharmonic escape to the country

By , 10 October 2018
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Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

By , 10 October 2018
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Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
Zürich

Fairy dust and explosives: Paavo Järvi conducts Liszt and Mahler in Zurich

By , 10 October 2018
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Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

By , 10 October 2018
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Johanna Rudström (Young Tristessa) and Joel Annmo (Evelyn) © Sören Vilks
Stockholm

Tristessa: satirical critique of gender myth-making premieres in Stockholm

By , 09 October 2018
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Giovanni Meoni (Nabucco) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A low profile staging for Nabucco in Naples

By , 09 October 2018
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Andris Nelsons © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

Nelsons’ manicured Mahler a slow burn with the Gewandhaus

By , 09 October 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

Mahler power, trumpet power: the Gewandhausorchester in London

By , 08 October 2018
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Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
London

The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

By , 08 October 2018
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Sonya Yoncheva (Médée) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Smoke without fire: Cherubini's Medée fails to ignite at the Staatsoper

By , 07 October 2018
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New York City

Irreverence and ennui in Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker's Six Brandenburg Concertos at the Park Avenue Armory

By , 07 October 2018
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Projecting [Space[, Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods, Jeroen Peeters & Jozef Wouters © Laura van Severen
Berlin

Out of the black box: Projecting [space[ Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods, Jeroen Peeters & Jozef Wouters

By , 07 October 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Viktor Erik Emanuel | Kings Place
London

Spellbinding intimacy from Kolesnikov at Kings Place

By , 06 October 2018
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Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

Divine ire: two ballets inspired by Greek myth from the LPO

By , 06 October 2018
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NYCB in Matthew Neenan’s The Exchange, in costumes by Gareth Pugh © Paul Kolnik
New York City

Three World Premieres at New York City Ballet Deliver Much-Needed Jolt

By , 06 October 2018
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kostelnička) and Annette Dasch (Jenůfa) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

“Soap opera at its best”: Katie Mitchell's Jenůfa at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 October 2018
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Katie Bray (Zenobia) and Grant Doyle (Tiridate) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO's Radamisto: Uneven Handel in Hackney

By , 06 October 2018
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George Li © Simon Fowler
Kansas City

A Thousand Words: Carnival spirits from Michael Kurth at Helzberg Hall

By , 06 October 2018
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Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

By , 06 October 2018
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Jeanine De Bique (Rodelinda) and Tim Mead (Bertarido) © Simon Gosselin
Lille

Handel’s Rodelinda: A strong season opening at Opéra de Lille

By , 06 October 2018
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber launches a new era for the BBC Philharmonic

By , 06 October 2018
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Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
Southampton

Vaughan Williams ‘Unwrapped’ at the Turner Sims

By , 06 October 2018
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Shuaib Elhassan (with company members) in Common Ground © Chris Hardy
San Francisco

An alluring Common Ground in Lines Ballet / Kronos Quartet collaboration

By , 06 October 2018
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Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Cardiff

“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

By , 05 October 2018
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Johan Reuter (Wozzeck) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

By , 05 October 2018
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Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium

By , 05 October 2018
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Estonian conductor Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
Liverpool

Transatlantic conversations with Tali directing piano duo Anderson & Roe in Liverpool

By , 05 October 2018
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Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst © Michael Pöhn
Cleveland

A richly detailed Mahler by The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst

By , 05 October 2018
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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Sydney

Magnetic bravura: Unshowy Gringolts dazzles Sydney audience

By , 05 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Big, bold Minnie and Johnson in Met's Fanciulla: Eyvazov shines

By , 04 October 2018
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Kate Louise Macfarlane (Belinda), Bethany Hill (Dido) and Raphael Wong (Aeneas) © Bernard Hull Photography
Bowden

Bethany Hill and Raphael Wong make a great Dido and Aeneas pairing in Adelaide

By , 04 October 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
London

Rachmaninov with an authentic Russian flavour at Cadogan Hall

By , 04 October 2018
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