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.
The cultural stepping stone between Europe and the Middle East, Istanbul, with its stunning Byzantine architecture, continues to entrance visitors. Founded in 1973, the Istanbul Music Festival originally began as a classical music festival, but has expanded its horizons.
FOCUS ON BUDAPEST
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.
SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN
Chin: Alice in Wonderland
Baldur Brönnimann; Netia Jones; Rachele Gilmore; Marie Arnet; Jenni Bank; Jane Henschel
Dukas, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Sir Antonio Pappano; Janine Jansen
Composed for six amplified voices, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seldom performed Stimmung evokes a meditative atmosphere through esoteric mysticism and complex serial methods of aleatoric construction.
With its latest incarnation of Die Zauberflöte, the Royal Opera ticks all the boxes in a strongly cast revival.
Handel's sensual tragicomedy comes to dazzling life in Seattle Opera's first-ever staging of Semele, a new production directed by Tomer Zvulun.
We spend countless hours agonising about time: how to spend time, how to save time, how time catches up – and overtakes – us. Time is a thread which runs through the 2015 Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and it fascinates Vladimir Mendelssohn, Artistic Director since August 2005.