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Richard Wagner: a birthday playlist

It's Richard's birthday, and time for all good Gods, heroes and opera lovers to wake up and celebrate! 

All roads lead to Birmingham: an international season

Town Hall and Symphony Hall flexes its internationl muscles next season with a number of starry ensembles bringing mouthwatering programmes to Birmingham.

Woolf WorksMcGregor's triumphant triptych

Praise goes to Wayne McGregor, Alessandra Ferri and the Royal Ballet for their bold, modern and innovative treatment of Virginia Woolf's legacy.
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Jessica Pratt on the art of singing bel canto

Jessica Pratt, in Peru to sing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, talks about how she came to singing late, what she's learnt from her voice teachers and about the dying art of bel canto. 

Mark Simpson discusses The Immortal

He’s only 26, but Mark Simpson is already a leading light of the contemporary music world. He tells Bachtrack about his new commission for Manchester International Festival. 
2015 - 16 SEASON PREVIEWS: May and June are the months when orchestras and opera houses announce their new seasons. Read Bachtrack's highlights here.

Bournemouth launches its new season

Last September, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was voted the “World’s Favourite Orchestra” in a Bachtrack poll of readers. Read about its new season here.

Unveiling the RSNO season: “The Russians are coming!”

Scots may view Hadrian’s Wall as a neat way of keeping out the Sassenachs, but looking at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s new season, the threat of invasion appears to come from further east.
FESTIVAL PREVIEWS

Summer Festivals 2015: More than just the music

The festival season is here! While for audiences, it's time to prepare the picnic, for young musicians it's a time to learn from the best in music courses and festival academies, and compete against others in festival competitions. This summer, we're looking at festivals that offer more than just the music.

Chopin Festival 2015 in Paris

"Around the prelude": this is the theme of the Paris Chopin Society for its 32nd festival. Ukranian pianist Valentina Lisitsa will be the first guest of a series of nine main recitals, featured in the beautiful Parc de Bagatelle. 

Blithely crossing boundaries: Toronto Summer Music

A candid interview with Douglas McNabney, artistic director of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Bach and beyond: BRQ Vantaa Festival

For those visiting southern Finland, the most they will see of Vantaa is the airport. And yet, Helsinki’s smaller neighbour has a lot to offer, especially for classical music lovers.

Gregynog Festival in Wales

From June 12 - 28, Gregynog Festival, nestled in the heart of Wales, will bear the colours of the French flag, by putting together a programme on a French revolutionary theme, given by renowned artists.
RECOMMENDED EVENTS

Dutilleux, Shostakovich, Nielsen

Dutilleux, Shostakovich, Nielsen
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Truls Mørk

The Love for Three Oranges

Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
Steven Sloane; Robert Carsen; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Shiff Buki; Paul Steinberg; Barbara Krieger; Heidi Stober

Symphonic Concert Closing the 2014/15 Season

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
Jacek Kaspszyk; Lilli Paasikivi; Michael Spyres; Lionel Lhote; Adam Palka

Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer

Mozart, Brahms
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer; Maria João Pires

In the mists

Janáček, Chopin, Bartók
Dénes Várjon, Piano
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Tireless Herlitzius leads Walküre in Vienna

The second opera of the Ring Cycle in Vienna brought the best out of the orchestra and singers with a sweeping and breath taking reading of the score by Sir Simon Rattle.
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Marina Rebeka: a Violetta in robust health

Any revival of La traviata stands or falls by its principals and their ability to inhabit the roles rather than merely sing them prettily. A good revival director helps. 
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Spellbinding Debussy and Franck

A monumental recital of passionate classics from some members of classical music's royalty, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
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High-flying Peter Pan at WNO

Richard Ayres's Peter Pan, in a new WNO production, leaves J.M. Barrie's story dangling. 
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Welser-Möst and Tetzlaff score a hit

Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Hindemith’s Konzertmusik round out a very satisfying concert.
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“If you don't take risk, you don't drink champagne”

"The most important thing is to love what you sing to bits". Following this simple guideline, Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Ostroukhova found her way to the final of this year's London Handel Festival vocal competition.

How McGregor works: Ferri, Bonelli and Watson rehearse Woolf Works

A few weeks before the première of his first full length work for The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor rehearses Woolf Works with Alessandra Ferri, Federico Bonelli and Edward Watson

Morris' Whelm: intriguing, never irritating

The Mark Morris Dance Group delights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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FOCUS ON BUDAPEST

Culture in Budapest: Art

Budapest is a city for artists and a city for art lovers - whichever you are, and no matter what type of art you like, you will find something to please your palate. There is so much to discover that you can visit the city as many times as you like and always find something new to delight and interest you.

Culture in Budapest: Music

From the golden splendour of the State Opera House to the superb acoustics of the Béla Bartók Concert Hall at the Palace of Arts to the hip and cool of the A38 or Aquarium, Budapest has music to suit every ear.

Culture in Budapest: Food and fun

From delectable strudels to fine Hungarian dining in opulent surroundings to improbable fusions of Italian and Jewish cooking, Budapest will tempt every palate. The city's famous "Ruin bars", spas and clubs are just some of a thousand places to relax or have fun.

Culture in Budapest: for kids

Animals, museums, interactivity, outdoor activities: Budapest has plenty to explore and discover, no matter if you’re an actual child - or a child at heart.
SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN

A look at Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade

An exploration of Nielsen's Maskarade – rarely performed, but Denmark's national opera. 

Celebrating the Wind Music of Carl Nielsen

An exploration of the wind music – concertos and chamber music – of Carl Nielsen.

Sibelius and Nielsen: National poetry and polyphony

All composer anniversaries, especially those of well-established names, offer a possibility of looking at their lesser known compositions.

Sibelius’ Silence?

On 26th December, 1926, Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphonic Society gave the première of Tapiola, a tone poem depicting the forest spirit of the Kalevala. No-one knew thatTapiola would turn out to be the composer’s last major work...

Nordic twin peaks

An analysis of the Violin Concertos by Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen as we celebrate their 150th anniversaries. 

Sibelius and Nielsen 150: Anniversary Composers

In 2015, we mark the 150th anniversaries of both Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. This month, we are publishing articles about different aspects of their lives and their music.