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LondonMusic Of Today: Powerful Monodramas

© Christoph Hellhake
Zender, Manoury
Philharmonia Orchestra; Pierre-André Valade; Salome Kammer; Hilary Summers

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 1

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Gürzenich Orchestra; Walter Nussbaum; Sara Mingardo; Schola Heidelberg; Mädchen und Knaben des Kölner Domchores; Eberhard Metternich

MunichDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Kirill Petrenko; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Julia Kleiter; Daniel Behle

MunichLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Günter Krämer; Bavarian State Opera; Andreas Reinhardt; Carlo Diappi; Kristina Mkhitaryan; Pavol Breslik

BarcelonaMädchenchor Hannover & Cor de Noies de l’Orfeó Català

Schumann, Brahms, Reger, Caplet, Pärt, Rautavaara
Gudrun Schröfel; Katharina Held; Anna Schote; Maria Rüssel; Magdalena Huppertz

BarcelonaJuditha triumphans, de Vivaldi

© David Ignaszewski
Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Le Concert des Nations; Lluis Vilamajó; Marianne Beate Kielland; Rachel Redmond; Marina de Liso; Lucía Martín-Cartón

BerlinDon Giovanni

Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Daniel Cohen; Roland Schwab; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Piero Vinciguerra; Renée Listerdal; Samuel Dale Johnson; Seth Carico
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Verdi’s Requiem at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm

Domingo Hindoyan © Arne Hyckenberg
Domingo Hindoyan conducts a cast of Swedish performers in Verdi’s masterpiece, for the Baltic Sea Festival.
***11
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Hrůša's clarity of vision focuses Dvořák’s Requiem in Edinburgh

Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Jakub Hrůša leads a brilliant performace of Dvořák’s Requiem, but it doesn't completely dispel doubts about the work.
****1
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A heroic performance of Siegfried at the Edinburgh Festival

The cast at curtain call © Ryan Buchanan
Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé orchestra are the powerhouse in a memorable performance of Siegfried. Simon O’ Neill, Iain Paterson and Christine Goerke head up a universally strong cast.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
A trusty and convincing version of the masterpiece, with a cast of well-matched singers.
****1
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The Skating Rink: Shivers up and down the spine

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Tough, thrilling, ambitious and new: The Skating Rink is an exciting new major commission by Garsington, and its world première delivered on every level.
*****
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An engrossing La traviata at Opera Holland Park

Lauren Fagan (Violetta) © Robert Workman
Opera Holland Park starts its 2018 season with a bang (and a cough), offering a splendid new production of La traviata. Lauren Fagan is a sensational Violetta, but the production is a real company effort and achievement.
****1
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