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Berenice at Covent Garden and Barbara Hannigan at the Barbican—the best classical and opera in March 2019

Plus Gidon Kremer at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham

By Alexandra Coghlan   March 2019
Barbara Hannigan © Mark Allan

Barbara Hannigan © Mark Allan

Berenice, Royal Opera, 27th March to 7th April

The newly reopened Linbury Theatre at Covent Garden is a gem of a space. Intimate (it seats just 400) but acoustically satisfying, it is perfect for the baroque repertoire. Along with the London Handel Festival the ROH offer a rare staging of Handel’s Berenice. A story of warring ancient nations, the action is set to some superb tunes, and pivots around two of the composer’s most intriguingly drawn female characters. A new production…

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