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Boston’s 10 best classical music concerts in 2019

Mezzo Soprano Sophie Michaux (center) performed “Odyssey" with fellow members of the Lorelei Ensemble and A Far Cry string orchestra.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/file

Best Orchestral Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Strauss, Currier, and Stravinsky, conducted by Andris Nelsons with soloist Baiba Skride

Best Opera: Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia,” Boston Lyric Opera, directed by Sarna Lapine

Best Early Music Concert:La storia di Orfeo,” Philippe Jaroussky and Amanda Forsythe, presented by Boston Early Music Festival

Best Solo Recital: CAGE, Conor Hanick, Run AMOC! Festival

Best Chamber Concert: JCT Trio, Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Best World Premiere: Thomas Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adès w/ soloist Kirill Gerstein

Best Featured Soloist with Orchestra (tie): Carolina Eyck on theremin for Dalit Warshaw’s “Sirens” with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Leonidas Kavakos, violin and conductor, for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra


Best Crossover Episode:Odyssey,” A Far Cry and Lorelei Ensemble

Best Weather Interference: The thunderstorm during Act 3 of Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with conductor Andris Nelsons

Zoë Madonna can be reached at zoe.madonna@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

A.Z. Madonna can be reached at az.madonna@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten.