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Bachtrack is your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. Browse for some of the 12,000 upcoming events in our database, look for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we write each month across the world. Learn about world trends in music and get tips on the opera and ballet stars of tomorrow.
Our Recommendations

Proms Preview: Week 1

The 2014 BBC Proms season is almost upon us. Read our editor's pick of the first week at the Proms here. 
Recommended in London £30 tickets

Adriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Manlio Benzi; Martin Lloyd-Evans; Jamie Vartan; Cheryl Barker; Maud Miller; Chloe Hinton
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Cushions and ballons: classical for kids

Summertime is festival time – for children too. Four of the biggest festivals tell us how ounger audiences can enjoy supposedly grown-up music.

Grant Park Festival: Classical Music for All

Where can you see a whole festival of classical music for free - and are encouraged to take a picnic? Grant Park Festival in ‘Chicago’s front yard’ is just the (free) ticket. 

Summer in Switzerland for children

Come to Switzerland between the Alps and the lake to a free festival offering great music to a young audience.

Choreographers Project: Emery LeCrone

Emery LeCrone is one of the brightest of the new generation of choreographers in New York City. With consistently good reviews and steadily increasing commissions, she is one to watch for the future. The North Carolina native is carving out a substantial niche as a freelance choreographer.

A traditional start to a traditional Proms season

A brave choice for a Proms season opener, but Elgar's ponderous score is presented in the best possible light by the BBC forces.
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Opera Portrait

Guillaume Tell: aiming at a new style

Although he is mainly considered as an author of comic opera, Rossini would not be the great composer we know without Guillaume Tell, which triumphantly ended his superb operatic career. 
Marlin Petersen in La Traviata in Vienna © Werber Kmetitsch
Marlin Petersen in La Traviata in Vienna
Werber Kmetitsch
Jaroussky in London

Jaroussky and L'Arpeggiata spice up Purcell songs in style

If you like your Purcell spiced up with some jazz improvisation and Middle-Eastern flavours, Philippe Jaroussky and L’Arpeggiata’s gig was for you. 
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Stormy Weather Classical Style

Musical Storms

After a hot, humid spell, the storms had to break. Many composers have unleashed a fair few musical storms as well, so drench yourselves in this tempestuous selection!
Free Summer Festivals for Kids

Summer in Switzerland for children

Come to Switzerland between the Alps and the lake to a free festival offering great music to a young audience.
Memorable opera in NYC

The Passenger: A harrowing evening

Two worlds occupied by the same two women and presented, jarringly, as a single multi-story set. One is the pristine white deck of a 1960s ship bound for Brazil, and beneath it, where the hull might be, is the grey grim world of Auschwitz.
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Recommended in Munich

Henry dances: About the villages

Bavarian State Ballet
Featured Choreographer

Choreographer's Project: Myles Thatcher

Myles Thatcher discusses ballet as a powerful art form and how keeping an open mind in the studio is important in an interview for the Bachtrack Choreographers Project. 
Pina Bausch in Madrid

Live together, die alone: Orpheus and Eurydice at Teatro Real

Almost 40 years after its première, Pina Bausch's daring reinterpretation of the myth of Orpheus still captivates audiences worldwide. This tanzoper is one of the most accomplished attempts to create a contemporary tragedy, an enthralling reflection on human boundaries and the acceptance of death.
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Recommended in Chicago

Denis Matsuev: Russian Rapture

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky
Denis Matsuev, Piano
Florez at La Scala

A rib-tickling Le Comte Ory

The singing is strong and the stagework slick in Laurent Pelly's rib-tickling, often uproarious production of Le Comte Ory.
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Coq d'or: The Opera

Vocal splendour in Le Coq d’Or

On one level, Le Coq d’Or, Rimsky-Korsakov’s final opera, is a simple fairy tale. However, you don’t need to dig far to discover a biting satire, which was largely absent in this presentation by Les Saisons Russes du XXI Siècle.
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The Golden Cockerel by Saisons Russes © Jane Hobson
The Golden Cockerel by Saisons Russes
Jane Hobson
Coq d'Or: The Ballet

Diaghilev's opera-ballet Le Coq d'Or returns to life

It was like going on the journey from Kansas to the Land of Oz. After dank, dark drizzle on the streets outside, the scene inside the London Coliseum suddenly transformed into dazzling and vivid colour for this famous fairy-tale by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. 
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Akhnaten's coronation © Florian Merdes
Akhnaten's coronation
Florian Merdes
Shannon Gillet: Spotlight

Choreographer's Project: Shannon Gillen

Shannon Gillen discusses creating a house of infinite detail so that the dancers and the audience alike can believe in the experience of her choreography in performance. As part of Bachtrack Choreographers Project 2014. 

Pelléas et Mélisande: a timeless legend

Pelléas et Mélisande, an exploration of Debussy's masterpiece through its different productions.
Sarah AO Rosner interview

Choreographer's Project: Sarah Rosner

Sarah A.O. Rosner discusses her plethora of influences, the challenges and the benefits of creating sustainable, site-specific curated works with a team of true partners.  

From Russia with love...

If you regularly listen to classical music radio stations, or go to concerts, you’ll almost certainly have heard excerpts from Russian opera, but these are just a taster and, if you get a chance, its well worth sampling the full package.
Featured Opera Company

Opéra de Dijon: New season preview

The new season at Dijon Opéra opens with a celebration of Dijonnais composer, Rameau, before heading to Prague for a Czech season, plus Résistance: an exploration of the music of composers detained in concentration camps in World War II. 
In Memoriam

R.I.P. Thierry Scherz

Today we learnt of the untimely death of Thierry Scherz, co-founder and artistic director of the festival Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
Happy Birthday Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler's music polarises. If it connects with you, it does so with enormous power and intensity. The third symphony can indeed make you feel like you just took in all life and creation at a hundred-minute sitting.

Intermittent strike disruption for festivals in France this summer

Recent changes in workers' status within the entertainment industry in France have created a wave of uncertainty over the feasability of major music events this summer.