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HamburgSabine Meyer - Inspirationsquelle

© Helge Strauss
Wagner, Weber, Mendelssohn
Kammerakademie Potsdam; Antonello Manacorda; Sabine Meyer; Rainer Wehle

ZürichCosì fan tutteNew production

Andrei Bondarenko (Guglielmo), Ruzan Mantashyan (Fiordiligi) and Francesco Guglielmino (“Sempronio”) © Monika Rittershaus
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Cornelius Meister; Kirill Serebrennikov; Zurich Opera; Ruzan Mantashyan; Anna Goryachova

LondonPaul Lewis, piano

© Josep Molina | Harmonia Mundi
Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven
Paul Lewis, Piano

StockholmRoyal Stockholm Philharmonic with Lahav Shani

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Lahav Shani
Mozart, Farrenc, Haydn
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani

GothenburgLots of Mozart!

Mozart
Gothenburg Symphony; Christian Zacharias

ViennaDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Ádám Fischer; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Vienna State Opera; Hans Schavernoch; Yan Tax; Markus Werba; Anatoli Sivko

LondonLondon Mozart Players

Haydn, Shostakovich
Howard Shelley; London Mozart Players; Paul Archibald

GenevaClarinet competition - final round

Clarinet competition - final round
Choi, Weber, Crusell, Rietz
L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève; Pierre Bleuse; Haute école de musique Genève Orchestra Academy
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Sensuality and solidarity in Zurich's new Così

Andrei Bondarenko (Guglielmo), Ruzan Mantashyan (Fiordiligi) and Francesco Guglielmino (“Sempronio”) © Monika Rittershaus
If ever a new production of a Mozart opera had a riveting backstory, this one is it. 
*****
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An elephant in the room: Graham Vick's new Figaro opens in Rome

Le nozze di Figaro © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Graham Vick stages his Marriage of Figaro in todays vulgarity, but he is not fully convincing.
***11
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Brownlee and Spyres: so much more than vocal jousting

Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Top tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres dared to duel at the Concertgebouw. Both emerged victorious, and not just because of the volley of sensational top notes.
****1
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Luminous decay from Imogen Cooper at Kings Place

Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty-Clarke
A programme of late Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert explores music at the limits.
****1
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Simone Lamsma thrills with Bartok in Belgrade

Simone Lamsma and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Simone Lamsma gave an intense, exciting and witty performance of Bartók's love song with the Belgrade Philharmonic and Daniel Raiskin, plus Beethoven, Weber and Strauss.
****1
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Matinee enchantment from Grosvenor, Sinaisky and the CBSO

Benjamin Grosvenor © Decca | Sophie Wright
This afternoon Vassily Sinaisky was in charge of the CBSO for a matinee performance which began with Wagner’s overture, ended with a Sibelius symphony and had siphoned between them an ever-popular piano concerto by Mozart.
****1
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Antipodean Amadeus: ACO's Mozart scales the heights

Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra at Milton Court © Mark Allan | Barbican
Mozart's final three symphonies make for a brilliant opening to the Australian Chamber Orchestra's London residency. 
*****
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Mozart’s early masterpiece charms at La Scala

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Sandrina) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Diego Fasolis leads a period performance of Mozart’s early masterpiece with a strong cast and a clever production.
****1
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