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Period: Romantic

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GenevaBoris GodunovNew production

Mikhail Petrenko (Boris Godounov) et Marina Viotti (Fiodor) © GTG / Carole Parodi
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Paolo Arrivabeni; Matthias Hartmann; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Alan Woodbridge; Volker Hintermeier; Malte Lübben; Mikhail Petrenko

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

SalfordToscaNew production

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Antony Hermus; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Giselle Allen; Susannah Glanville

LondonDvořák Cello Concerto

Debussy, Dvořák, Strauss R.
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Jean-Guihen Queyras

NorwichCendrillon

Cendrillon
Massenet: Cendrillon
Duncan Ward; Fiona Shaw; Glyndebourne on Tour; Jon Bausor; Nicky Gillibrand; Alix Le Saux; Agnes Zwierko

LondonHarrison’s Clocks – Alasdair Beatson

© Giorgia Bertazzi
Beethoven, Birtwistle, Ligeti, Kurtág, Messiaen, Schumann, Fauré, Bartók, Ravel, Nancarrow
Alasdair Beatson, Piano

RigaTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Gintaras Rinkevicius; Latvian National Opera; Juris Salmanis; Kristīne Pasternaka; Sandra Janusaite; George Oniani

StockholmRoyal Stockholm Philharmonic with Lahav Shani

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Lahav Shani
Mozart, Farrenc, Haydn
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani
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Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet

Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
Ravel, Mendelssohn and youthful Shostakovich form a varied programme for this starry trio. 
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Devil takes all in The Met's Mefistofele

Christian Van Horn (Mefistofele_ © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele is an opera that is not as good as it sounds. It has marvelous, effective, moments such as the barn-storming Prologue and Epilogue in which the Devil confronts God and his heavenly choir and which book-end the opera with thrilling choruses.
***11
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Mournful and humane Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

Marin Alsop © Adriane White
Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment lead a searing account of Brahms' German Requiem and Vaughan Williams. 
****1
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Utterly thrilling: Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream

Prelude – Skydiving from a dream © Louise Mather
Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream from Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance: mesmeric choreographed Bach and Lutosławski with a blistering performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue played from memory and on the move. Thrilling, daring and exciting.
*****
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“Let them eat cake!” A revolutionary Barbiere at DNO

Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dutch National Opera © Marco Borggreve | DNO 2018
Lotte de Beer’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Dutch National Opera seems a surprisingly traditional spectacle... although it does come with a twist.
****1
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DiDonato shines with Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
Nézet-Séguin leads Philadelphians and Joyce DiDonato in superb performances of Wagner, Bates, Chausson and Respighi.
*****
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Serene Vasks and exuberant Shostakovich in Belgrade

Alina Pogostkina © Nikolaj Lund
Alina Pogostkina and the Belgrade Philharmonic strings shone in Peteris Vasks' atmospheric Distant Light while Fabrice Bollon entertained with Shostakovich's most exuberant symphony.
****1
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The Hungarian National Ballet brings its Don Quixote to New York

Tatiana Melnik (Kitri), Hungarian National Ballet's Don Quixote © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
In addition to providing a showcase for the principals, the ballet provides ample opportunity for the company's soloists to shine.
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