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AmsterdamDie Zauberflöte

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Dimitry Ivashchenko; Stanislas de Barbeyrac

MilanAli Baba and the Forty Thieves (Alì Babà e i 40 ladroni)New Production

Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Cherubini: Ali Baba ou les Quarante Voleurs
Paolo Carignani; Liliana Cavani; Teatro alla Scala; Leila Fteita; Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy; Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra; Emanuela Tagliavia

MalmöAcademy of St Martin in the Fields at Malmö Live

© Marios Taramides
Zimmermann, Haydn, Debussy, Mozart
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Tomo Keller; Andreas Brantelid; Xavier de Maistre

CopenhagenLe nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Alexis Kossenko; Elisa Kragerup; Royal Danish Opera; Steffen Aarfing; Concerto Copenhagen; Royal Danish Opera Chorus

MadridSinfónico 2: Todo era silencio

Sinfónico 2: Todo era silencio
Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung): Prelude, Representation of Chaos Hob XXI:2
Orquesta Nacional de España; David Afkham; Genia Kühmeier; Maximilian Schmitt; Markus Werba; Coro Nacional de España

MurciaOrquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia

Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia
Neruda, Piazzolla, Flores, Revueltas, Ginastera
Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia; Manuel Hernández Silva; Pacho Flores; Leo Rondó

SingaporePresident's Young Performers Concert

Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Tan; Kong Xianlong

DublinVivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight

Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight
Mozart, Elgar, Bach, Vivaldi
London Concertante
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Transformers: big works in disguise from the ACO

Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Pared-down forces of the ACO performed pared down masterpieces, in a brilliantly conceived programme which included works by Wagner, Strauss and Mozart.
*****
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg State Opera launches its new season with a visually overpowering but musically satisfying Così fan tutte.
****1
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Prom 66: Kirill Petrenko makes belated Proms debut

Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Berlin Philharmonic gives a first half party before a dark Schmidt symphony. 
****1
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Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala

Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
A conventional plot retains few of the elements of its Arabian Nights original, but the Academy's young pupils display vocal mastery in Milan.

Energetic Rachmaninov under Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden © Wong Kin Chung
The Hong Kong Philharmonic opens its 45th season with Mozart, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov. 
****1
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A superb summer evening at Cleveland’s Severance Hall

Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve
Jonathan Cohen led The Cleveland Orchestra in sparkling performances of works by Handel and Mozart, with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as a brilliant soloist in Haydn.
*****
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Prom 56: Blistering Bruckner from Oramo and the BBCSO

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO © BBC | Mark Allan
In what was a non-textbook performance of Bruckner, Oramo achieved a performance of utmost thrill, replete with clarity and conviction.
*****
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