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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 7

Celebrations of Richard Strauss’ 150th anniversary at the BBC Proms reach a frenzied peak this weekend with concert performances of two of his most performed operas. Salome and Elektra will play to capacity audiences, especially with star leading ladies Nina Stemme (Salome) and Christine Goerke (Elektra) heading the casts.
Recommended venue

The Palace of Arts, Budapest

Amongst all the renovation in Budapest, the Palace of Arts stands out: nearing its 10th birthday, it welcomes nearly half a million visitors a year to over a thousand events.
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Altan Dugaraa & Sanae Shuto in Afternoon of a Faun © Kinoue Terumi
Altan Dugaraa & Sanae Shuto in Afternoon of a Faun
Kinoue Terumi
Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester & Allison Oakes in Götterdämmerung © Bayreuth Festival / Enrico Nawrath
Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester & Allison Oakes in Götterdämmerung
Bayreuth Festival / Enrico Nawrath
Recommended in Gothenburg

Missa Solemnis

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano; Swedish Radio Choir; Miah Persson; Ann Hallenberg; Michael Weinius
Recommended in London

Prom 66: Bach – St Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion
Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle; Mark Padmore; Christian Gerhaher; Camilla Tilling; Magdalena Kožená
Review from Edinburgh Festival

Noseda's William Tell narrowly misses its mark

At the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, Gianandrea Noseda leads the Teatro Regio Torino in a concert performance of Rossini's William Tell that offers enormous variety without quite hitting the bull's eye.
***11
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Recommended in Amsterdam

Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (Orpheus), SV318
Pablo Heras-Casado; Sasha Waltz; Dutch National Opera; Beate Borrmann; Alexander Schwarz; Anna Lucia Richter
Recommended in Prague

Opening Concert

Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek; Josef Špaček jr
Review from BBC Proms

Warm and seductive Brahms from Budapest FO

Rich textures and sculpted phrases: Iván Fischer presents a unique vision of Brahms' Third and Fourth symphonies. Drama maybe lacking, but the BPO more than compensate with the beauty and elegance of their sound.
****1
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Recommended in Milan

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Liadov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov
Recommended in London

Prom 68: The Cleveland Orchestra - 1

Brahms, Widmann
Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Joshua Smith
Review from Salzburg

The perils of craft kits - Fierrabras in Salzburg

Peter Stein stages Schubert's problem opera Fierrabrass in a world of cardboard knights. This last opera of the Salzburg Festival is well sung, but you have to ask: is the last always the best?
***11
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Monthly Feature

Baroque Month

August is Baroque Month here at Bachtrack as we explore Baroque repertoire and those who perform it.
Interview

Baroque Inquisition: Florilegium

Founded in 1991, Florilegium quickly established a reputation as a versatile ensemble, tackling anything from intimate chamber works to big choral repertoire. Flautist and recorder player Ashley Solomon co-founded the ensemble and is the group’s director. He agreed to take up the challenge of our Baroque Inquisition.
Interview about Baroque dance

Baroque dance, Barbara Segal interview

Baroque is also about dancing! Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros spent time with Barbara Segal, one of the U's leading performer, choreographer and teacher of Baroque dance, to find out more about the form.
Interview

Baroque Inquisition: Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra is probably best known outside its home city of Birmingham for its performances and recordings of Latin American Baroque and French Baroque music, but it is an ensemble which performs repertoire from the Renaissance to Stockhausen, and commissions new choral music. General Manager of Ex Cathedra, Peter Trethewey, answers our Baroque Inquisition.
Mariinsky Theatre in London: Diana Vishneva + Vladimir Shklyarov in Cinderella © Valentin Baranovsky
Mariinsky Theatre in London: Diana Vishneva + Vladimir Shklyarov in Cinderella
Valentin Baranovsky
Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Sleeping Beauty in Tokyo © Johan Persson
Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Sleeping Beauty in Tokyo
Johan Persson
Royal Albert Hall © Marcus Ginns
Guide to 2014 Proms

BBC Proms

Check out our daily updates from the 2014 BBC Proms - reviews and upcoming concert information.
Test Your Knowledge!

Carry on Cleo!

To launch Baroque Month at Bachtrack with a little fun, here is an aria from Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare, splicing together performances by six singers.
Featured Interview

San Francisco Ballet's Helgi Tomasson

While in Paris with for Les Etes de la Danse, Helgi Tomasson talked to Bachtrack of his choreography, artistic vision, inspirations and aspirations. An intimate portrait of San Francisco Ballet's Artistic Director, interviewed by Laurine Mortha.
Featured article

Baroque Portrait: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

If I’m feeling a bit down, and in need of a quick pick-me-up, my musical drug of choice is Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major. After just a few bars of that cheerfully busy theme, I’ll be starting to smile, and by the time the trumpet starts its insane trilling my spirits are well and truly lifted. 
Opera Portrait

Falstaff: His enduring appeal

Few operatic characters straddle the operatic stage larger than Sir John Falstaff. Read our in depth 'opera portrait' on Verdi's Falstaff as well as some of his other guises. 
Opera Portrait

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.
Dream Project, Japan

Alina Cojocaru in Tokyo

Alina Cojocaru Dream Project 2014 brings together in Tokyo international artist from the Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and the National Opera of Bucharest. An intimate evening with Alina Cojocaru and some of the best dancers on the world's stages.
****1
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