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Music at the Marina: Seafront Classics in Turkey

Classical music festivals inhabit varied locations around the globe: country houses, castles, cathedrals, Alpine slopes. But have you ever encountered a classical music festival held at a marina?

Bel canto and gang rape: thoughts on Guillaume Tell

The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera's production of Guillaume Tell caused an uproar at the première and has caused a great deal of comment since. David Karlin argues that director Damiano Michieletto failed by succeeding too well.

Expo Milan: a city alive with music

Visitors to Milan's Expo site will be bowled over by the scale of it all. The New York Times recently voted Milan the number must go destination for 2015 - with so much happening in the city, who could argue? 

BBC Cardiff Singer prize eludes favourite

Cardiff Castle hosted an entertaining bout of medieval jousting yesterday afternoon, but in the evening all eyes and ears turned to the vocal jousting in St David’s Hall.

Mastersingers: the triumphs – and pitfalls – of singing competitions

Voice competitions attract singers like moths to a flame, but what can they hope to achieve by competing and how great are the dangers of getting their wings burnt? 
2015 - 16 SEASON PREVIEWS: May and June are the months when orchestras and opera houses announce their new seasons. Read Bachtrack's highlights here.

A very cultural desert: Santa Fe Opera 2015 in preview

Santa Fe Opera's 2015 season comprises five new productions, including the world première of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. The operas span the old and the new, the famous and the less familiar, the scandalous and the light hearted.

Meyerbeer rarity heads new Deutsche Oper season

Political intrigues in exotic settings lie at the heart of three new productions at Deutsche Oper next season, headed by a rare outing for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in its original version, as left by the composer, under the title Vasco de Gama. 

A Bavarian Smorgasbord

With 43 productions ranging from the baroque to a world première set in Antarctica, the Bayersche Staatsoper's 2015/6 season provides something for everyone.

Beethoven and Bartók lead the way in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra’s new season

After a season focusing on Schubert’s symphonies, Philippe Jordan and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra turn to Beethoven and Bartók.

Kings Place: Baroque Unwrapped

In keeping with their previous “unwrapped” seasons, the Kings Place Baroque Unwrapped festival, which will run throughout 2016, explores beyond the boundaries of our popular notions of what the term “Baroque music” means.

All roads lead to Birmingham

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

Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Jader Bignamini; Lee Blakeley; Santa Fe Opera; Adrian Linford; Georgia Jarman; Nicole Piccolomini

Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Leif Segerstam; Nicola Raab; Julia Müer; George Souglides; Anna Immonen; Mika Pohjonen

Don Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Henrik Nánási; Herbert Fritsch; Komische Oper Berlin

ArabellaNew production

Strauss R.: Arabella
Philippe Jordan; Andreas Dresen; Bavarian State Opera; Sabine Greunig; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Anja Harteros; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

Sehnsucht and Schmetterling double bill

Beethoven, Richter
Sol León; Paul Lightfoot; Nederlands Dans Theater
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Festival Saint-Riquier

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem - A German Requiem, Op.45
Brussels Philharmonic; Hervé Niquet; Vlaams Radio Koor; Lore Binon; Tassis Christoyannis

The Break of the Centuries: Farewell to C major

Schoenberg, Bartók
Elina Vähälä; Wouter Vossen; Razvan Popovici; Dalia Stasevska

Aimi Kobayashi

Chopin
Aimi Kobayashi, Piano

Ronald Brautigam plays Beethoven

Beethoven
Ronald Brautigam, Piano

Purcell: King Arthur

Purcell: King Arthur
Sophie Junker; Grace Davidson; Anna Dennis; Jeremy Budd
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Thrills and spills in the LSO’s Sibelius and Berlioz

Fire and ice. When the cool, steely tone of Joshua Bell ‘Huberman’ Stradivarius met the feverish impetuosity of Pablo Heras-Casado at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra for the final leg of its International Violin Festival, it wasn’t always a case of opposites attracting.
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Bintley's Sylvia is entertaining and delightful

Gods, nymphs, campy cavemen, angel's wings and a one-legged pirate - this production has it all, and plenty more. 
****1
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A heavenly Pelléas et Mélisande in Florence

The two Danieles – Gatti and Abbado – triumphed in the final opera of the 78th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, with a heavenly new production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
****1
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Stripping away the varnish: Tosca in Rome

The visual results are stunning, though an uneven cast made this a performance with clear weaknesses as well as strengths. Aquiles Machado's Cavaradossi, on the other hand, was an indubitable revelation.
***11
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Visually striking Turandot in Sydney

While the billboard advertisements focussed on the presence of the ‘hit aria “Nessun dorma”’, there was much else to enjoy in this Turandot revival in Sydney: a lively, rich production and a strong cast headed by Lise Lindstrom and Yonghoon Lee.
****1
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FOCUS ON BUDAPEST

Culture in Budapest: Religion

The best thing about the churches and synagogues you can find around Budapest is the care with which they are looked after and preserved. You can find in these buildings the very life blood of the city, and this is something that every traveller to Budapest can and should make the most of.

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.

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: Art and architecture

Find your way round Budapest's wonderful Art Nouveau architecture and other hidden treasures.

Woolf Works McGregor'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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