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LondonBeethoven's Ninth

Beethoven's Ninth
Beethoven
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; David Parry; Ivana Gavric; Lucy Crowe; Patricia Bardon; Ilker Arcayürek

Hong KongIlya Gringolts • The Art of the Violin

Ilya Gringolts • The Art of the Violin
Locatelli, Jarrell, Dvořák
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Ariel Zuckermann; Ilya Gringolts

ZürichHäuptling Abendwind

Häuptling Abendwind
Offenbach: Evening Breeze, or the Horrible Feast
Thomas Barthel; Rüdiger Burbach; Zurich Opera; Anja Furthmann; Katharina von Bock; Fabienne Hadorn

LeedsToscaNew production

Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini: Tosca
Antony Hermus; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Giselle Allen; Susannah Glanville

CologneKammerkonzert: Schumann / Bernstein / Dohnanyi

Schumann C., Bernstein, Dohnányi
Gürzenich Orchestra; Dylan Naylor; Toshiko Tamayo; Maria Scheid; Georg Heimbach

SeattleJerome Robbins Festival Program A

Stravinsky, Chopin, Bernstein, Debussy
Jerome Robbins; Pacific Northwest Ballet

DublinVivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight

Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight
Mozart, Elgar, Bach, Vivaldi
London Concertante

BerlinIl barbiere di Siviglia

Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Nikolas Nägele; Katharina Thalbach; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Momme Röhrbein; Guido Maria Kretschmer; Vasilisa Berzhanskaya; Irene Roberts
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ENB's Lest We Forget opens at Sadler's Wells

ENB in Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land © Laurent Liotardo
Lest We Forget, a triptych of original work first commissioned in 2014 for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War now returns to the repertoire to commemorate a hundred years since the armistice of 1918.
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Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
It was hard not to be drawn in by the romance and tragedy as presented by such a sincere, credible and vocally talented young cast and a conductor with such strong identification with the idiom.
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A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
This concert was inevitably the sum of far more than its parts, and not for nothing are the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantiquem, regarded as among the best in the world

The trocks continue to delight London

Alla Snizova (C Hopuy) and Mikhail Mypansarov (R Vega)  in Tchaikovsky PDD (after G Balanchine) © Emma Kauldhar
Burlesque ballet - a wonderful mix of serious, comical, pastiche mixed with envy, self-doubt, rivalry and a swig or two of bourbon... 
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The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle/LSO

Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
There was a tingle to this concert, as if musicians and audience alike saw clearly for the first time what riches lie ahead.
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Scintillating Beethoven and Gruber from Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon, Marcus Farnsworth and the Aurora Orchestra © Nick Rutter
Smoke and Mirrors in the title, but nothing unreal about the performances at the Southbank.
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
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A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Edward Dick directs a Tosca full of contemporary references with Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre, Puccini's score conducted by Antony Hermus.
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