Authentic but unengaging Threepenny Opera from Barrie Kosky and the Berliner Ensemble in Edinburgh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [12] – Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera: Soloists and Musicians of the Berliner Ensemble / Adam Benzwi (musical director). Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 19.8.2023. (SRT)

Barrie Kosky and the Berliner Ensemble’s The Threepenny Opera © Jess Shurte

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Kurtág’s Endgame has to be one of the most significant Proms for many years

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 43 – Kurtág, Fin de partie (Endgame, semi-staged, UK premiere): Soloists, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 17.8.2023. (CC)

Hilary Summers (Nell) and Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nagg) © Sisi Burn

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It’s Sir Simon’s Edinburgh International Festival farewell or maybe it’s simply au revoir

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [10]: Cynthia Miller (ondes Martenot) Peter Donohoe (piano), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Usher Hall, 6pm and 8pm, 18.8.2023. (SRT)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Mark Allan

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Magical orchestral Proms moments from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Proms 38 and 39 – Audience Choice, Ligeti, Bartók, Beethoven: Anna-Lena Elbert (soprano), Sir András Schiff (piano), Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 13.8.2023. (AK)

Audience Choice at Prom 38 © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Tanglewood magic: BSO talent on full display in richly varied three-day programme

United StatesUnited States 2023 Tanglewood [7] – John Williams, Richard Strauss, Ravel: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons (conductor). Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, 11.8.2023. (CSa)

John Williams conducts Anne-Sophie Mutter and the BSO © Hilary Scott

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Pina Bausch’s breathtaking Rite of Spring is restaged at the Edinburgh International Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [9] – Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring and Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo’s common ground[s]: Edinburgh Playhouse, 17.8.2023. (SRT)

Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring © Maarten Vanden Abeele

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