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CopenhagenFarinelli vs. Senesino

Porpora, Vinci, Bononcini, Handel, Gasparini, Giacomelli, Ariosti, Hasse, Sellitto
Concerto Copenhagen; Sonia Prina; Vivica Genaux; Lars Ulrik Mortensen

LondonConcerto Copenhagen: Farinelli vs. Senesino

Porpora, Vinci, Bononcini, Handel, Gasparini, Giacomelli, Ariosti, Hasse, Sellitto
Concerto Copenhagen; Sonia Prina; Vivica Genaux; Lars Ulrik Mortensen

BudapestWagner: Der fliegende Holländer

© Emelie Kroon
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Peter Schneider; Balázs Kovalik; Péter Horgas; Mari Benedek; John Lundgren; Elisabet Strid

San AnselmoBach Motets

Bach
Daniel Canosa; Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and Period Instrument Orchestra

SheffieldForged in Sheffield: New Music Ensemble

George Nicholson, Artistic Director

SheffieldForged in Sheffield: The Music Makers

Parry, Elgar, Chilcott
Hallam Sinfonia; Peter Taylor; University of Sheffield Singers' Society
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Ullate's Carmen seduces Madrid

© Jaime Villanueva
Victor Ullate premieres his version of Carmen in Madrid’s Teatros del Canal. Mallarme’s story and Bizet’s score are updated in a sophisticated balletic rendering of the myth.
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Austrian Baroque with an exotic twist

Les Passions de L'ame © Guillaume Perret
In this year's London Festival of Baroque Music, the programme of Austrian Baroque rarities by Swiss-based early music group Les Passions de l’Ame particularly caught my eye.
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Bocca's Ballet Nacional Sodre dances Coppélia

Ciro Tamayo (Frantz) © Santiago Barreiro
A warm and charming Coppélia performed by Julio Bocca's excellent young Uruguayan company.   
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Guitar hero: the ACO excels in Sydney

Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
In a relatively traditional programme, the Australian Chamber Orchestra reach the heights thanks to soloist Slava Grigoryan (on guitar), and a scintillating performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 7.
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Going for Baroque with Julia Lezhneva in Sydney

Julia Lezhneva © Uli Weber | Decca
Julia Lezhneva partners with Richard Tognetti and the ACO to deliver a thrilling program of Baroque arias, in which her vocal agility and expressivity are on full display.
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The canon’s roar: violence and violins

Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Arrangements aplenty as the Australian Chamber Orchestra take on Bach's Art of Fugue and Beethoven's Op.130, with Richard Tognetti the accomplished soloists in Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 5.
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Bartók meets Hitchcock: the music of horror and the night

Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
It takes artistic courage to devote almost a whole concert to music associated with cinema, but then Richard Tognetti, the artistic director and concert master of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, never lacked creative thinking or musical audacity. 
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