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BerlinThe Nose

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Shostakovich: The Nose
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Günter Papendell; Jens Larsen; Madeleine Shaw; James Kryshak

KristianstadBach's Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3

Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Gävle Symfoniorkester; Olof Boman; Sofia Niklasson; Christiane Höjlund; Carl Unander-Scharin; Jakob Högström

BudapestChristmas Oratorio I

Wavemaker Hungary - MUPA
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Insula Orchestra; Laurence Equilbey; Nuria Rial; Wiebke Lehmkuhl; Julian Prégardien; Samuel Hasselhorn

GranadaMesías

Handel: Messiah
Orquesta Ciudad de Granada; Lucas Macías Navarro; Mariasole Mainini; Mar Campo; Rory Carver; Javier Povedano Ruiz

TallinnBach’s Pearls. Wachet auf

Bach, Gounod
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Tõnu Kaljuste; Maria Valdmaa; Yena Choi; Marianne Pärna; Markus Schäfer

BerlinDie Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre
Sir Donald Runnicles; Stefan Herheim; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Silke Bauer; Uta Heiseke; Ulrich Niepel

KristianstadBach's Christmas Oratorio Parts 4-6

Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Gävle Symfoniorkester; Marcus Edgar; Sofia Niklasson; Christiane Höjlund; Carl Unander-Scharin; Jakob Högström
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Black Swan: Barbara Hannigan returns in Warlikowski's Lulu

Barbara Hannigan is better than ever in Krzysztof Warlikowski's iconic Lulu at La Monnaie – an historic event.
*****
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Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon outshines Bizet at Guildhall School

A double bill of French operettas shows Guildhall students to advantage as well as providing an introduction to Viardot that's well worth the trip.
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Farnace: a fresh take on a Vivaldi classic at Valtice Castle

Smart direction and a spirited performance in the pit bring Farnace to life in a resonant setting at this year’s Lednicko Valtický Hudební Festival.
*****
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Acustica rusticana: Boston Lyric’s first-rate Cavalleria hobbled

The white hot intensity and conviction of the duet between Santuzza and Turiddu encapsulated the strengths of this performance.
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Pre-Baroque rarity for a grand season opening at Theater an der Wien

A superlative cast led by Annett Fritsch and Cyril Auvity dazzle in Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s “musical drama” in a brilliant production by Robert Carsen. 

*****
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Emojis instead of emotions in Simon Stone's Traviata in Vienna

Pretty Yende, Frédéric Antoun and Ludovic Tézier star in Stone’s production at the Wiener Staatsoper, where the orchestra did its magic under the baton of Nicola Luisotti.

**111
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A radiant Mahler Third in Zurich’s newly-renovated Tonhalle

Gustav Mahler once said that a symphony makes a world. This first concert at the newly-restored Tonhalle was evidence of just that.
*****
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