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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.
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Recommended feature

Composers, Performers and Space

“Singers wound their way through the frozen food aisle, followed by musicians trying not to let their instruments topple over any produce.” The performance raised many questions pertaining to place and how composers and performers incorporate the idea of space or venue into their work.
Recommended in New York City

The English Concert: Handel's Alcina

Handel: Alcina
The English Concert; Harry Bicket; Joyce DiDonato; Alice Coote; Anna Christy; Christine Rice
Kristine Opolais © Wilfried Hösl
Kristine Opolais
Wilfried Hösl
Questions to composer

Julian Anderson

Julian Anderson is one of the UK's most successful and widely acclaimed composers today. We got in touch to find out more about his music and artistic vision. 
Questions to composer

David Lang

This October, Bachtrack is speaking to composers and choreographers around the world about their music, their artistic approach and everything contemporary. Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang kindly answered our call and gave us his own unique insight.
Questions to composer

Joby Talbot

As part our Contemporary Month, we asked Joby Talbot about his writing for the stage - two full length ballets and his first opera - and how collaborations with choreographers and librettists work, in particular.
Questions to composer

Oliver Rudland

This October, Bachtrack is speaking to composers and choreographers around the world about their music, their artistic approach and everything contemporary. We met up with Bristish composer Oliver Rudland to find out more about the music of this composer who is rapidly making his name on the contemporary scene.
Questions to director

Leigh Warren

In August, Philip Glass' “portrait operas” were presented as a cycle in Adelaide, revived by Leigh Warren who took time to talk to Bachtrack about the what makes Glass’ works so great, as well as about the challenges inherent in staging these operas.
Questions to choreographer

Jasmin Vardimon : Inspirations, aspirations and the new PARK

Jasmin Vardimon talks to Bachtrack about her new PARK, which will tour the UK this Autumn, dance, the power of performance, and the exciting developments of her new home.
Questions to choreographer

Pontus Lidberg: On Music for Dance

As part of our Contemporary focus, I spoke to Swedish filmmaker, choreographer and dancer Pontus Lidberg, about his musical choices and his collaborations with contemporary composers. An intimate conversation with a leading voice in contemporary dance.
Sébastien Ramirez  & Honji Wang in AP 15 © Nika Kramer
Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang in AP 15
Nika Kramer
Recommended event, Amsterdam

Concertgebouw Orchestra under Andris Nelsons

Brahms, Shostakovich
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Liviu Prunaru; Gregor Horsch
Recommended event, Dijon

The Nights, Ballet Preljocaj

Nights, The (A Thousand and One Nights)
Angelin Preljocaj; Ballet Preljocaj
Recommended event, Leeds

Bartered Bride, The

Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Anthony Kraus; Daniel Slater; Opera North; James Holmes; Robert Innes Hopkins; Jennifer France
Season preview

Teatro San Carlo’s new season

The Teatro San Carlo in Naples offers a new season containing some mouthwatering casts for its nine operas, ballet off the beaten track and concerts with a roster of conductors and soloists.
Recommended review

Reich Première from Colin Currie Group

Colin Currie's all Reich programme included a world première, the Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones, but the newer works were overshadowed by his epic 1985 Sextet.
****1
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Monthly focus

Contemporary Focus

During October, we focus on the here and now, with contemporary music and dance featured in a number of articles. We have spoken to a number of composers and choreographers about their work accross various mediums, and their collaborations with other contemporary artists.
Recommended review

Otello in Turin: the weakness of a Moorish general

in Turin, British director Walter Sutcliffe sets Otello right in the middle of a never-ending battle and Gianandrea Noseda leads a passionate, rigorous account of the score. 
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