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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.

“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.
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FESTIVAL PREVIEWS

Blithely crossing boundaries: Toronto Summer Music

Douglas McNabney is remarkably candid when he talks about summer music festivals. “We’re always looking for a new premise to do the same thing,” he says. “Year in and year out, we do the same 19th-century programming, and try to find a different way of looking at it.

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.

Savonlinna Opera Festival 2015: in preview

If you’re a lover of medieval castles, perhaps the most spectacular of all opera venues is St Olaf’s Castle in Finland’s Savonlinna. Read our preview of the 2015 season. 

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.

Lust, jealousy, revenge and murder under the canopy

Opera Holland Park is adored by opera newbies for its friendly, informal atmosphere and its accessible ticket prices. Yet it is adored by aficianados too for its brave programming... and this season is no different.
RECOMMENDED EVENTS

La TraviataNew production

Verdi: La traviata
Marco Armiliato; David Hermann; Zurich Opera; Christof Hetzer; Sonya Yoncheva; Ailyn Pérez

Guerrero Conducts Berlioz

Dvořák, Berlioz
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero; Narek Hakhnazaryan

L'Orfeo (Orpheus), SV 318

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (Orpheus), SV318
Sir John Eliot Gardiner; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir

PaquitaNew production

Minkus: Paquita
Marius Petipa; Joseph Mazilier; Alexei Ratmansky; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul

Don Carlos

Verdi: Don Carlos
Donald Runnicles; Marco Arturo Marelli; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Anja Harteros; Anna Smirnova
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Nézet-Séguin’s “English Gardens” ripe with emotional power

In front of an enthusiastic Montréal crowd, Yannick Nézet-Séguin led his orchestra through the varied atmospheres and moods of works by great English composers of the early 20th century.
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Handel with a back beat

L'Arpeggiata fascinate, amuse, move to tears - in not even two hours.
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Baritone wins Handel Singing Competition 2015

Handel Singing Competition, which forms part of London Handel Festival, is unique in that the participants sing only Handel in all the rounds. 

Staggering Elgar from Barenboim

"Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!": Shelley's line was one of Elgar's inspiration for his Second Symphony. Rarely can it have received such an inspired performance. 
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Anna Prohaska becomes Ophelia in Amsterdam

In a thoroughly riveting recital at the Concertgebouw, soprano Anna Prohaska probes Ophelia’s psyche through songs from the nineteenth century onwards.
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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

Bogotá es Mozart: A life-enhancing experience

An astonishing festival of Mozart in Bogotá reaches a life-enhancing climax for our editor as 1300 people squeeze into a church to experience the great composer's music.
FOCUS ON BUDAPEST

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: 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: 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.

History and Politics in Budapest

Budapest is a city keen to preserve its long and complex history, from the early Arpads to the Soviet era and to today. You won't be able to see it all. But that's no reason not to try.
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.