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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 preview

Sally Beamish world première for LSO

Ben Shephard’s A War of Nerves provide the inspiration behind Sally Beamish’s new choral work Equal Voices which receives its première on Sunday 2 November; his words feature heavily in Sir Andrew Motion’s “found poem”, recounting the horrors of the Great War, which Beamish has juxtaposed with passages from the Old Testament’s Song of Songs
Anna Prohaska as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail © Agathe Poupeney / Opéra de Paris
Anna Prohaska as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Agathe Poupeney / Opéra de Paris
Recommended preview

Dancing to the music of Thomas Adès: A Sadler's Wells celebration

Sadler's Wells, London's creative powerhouse, next week presents See the Music, Hear the Dance, an evening dedicated to the music of Thomas Adès, who will himself conduct the Britten Sinfonia through dance works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor (revivals), Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley (world premières). 
Recommended interview

Colin Matthews

This October, Bachtrack has gone all contemporary. We got in touch with composer Colin Matthews to find out more about his music, his artistic vision and his life's work.
Victoria Jaiani & Rory Hohenstein in Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake © Cheryl Mann
Victoria Jaiani & Rory Hohenstein in Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake
Cheryl Mann
Recommended event, Boston

Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Boston Ballet; Jonathan McPhee; Boston Ballet Orchestra
Recommended event, London

Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Valery Gergiev; Mariinsky Opera; Jevgeni Akimov; Mikhail Kazakov; Mikhail Petrenko; Andrei Popov
Recommended event, NYC

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony no. 2
Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Angela Meade; Sarah Connolly; Westminster Symphonic Choir; Joe Miller
We asked some top conservatoires around the world how they helped their students prepare for the world of work. Over the coming week several more conservatoires will be featured here.

The Juilliard School

We spoke to the Juilliard School in New York about how they prepare their students for life after graduation.

Sydney Conservatorium

The Sydney Conservatorium tell us how they equip their students for the professional world.

Royal Academy of Music

Bachtrack asks the Royal Academy of Music how they prepare their students for the professional world as part of our focus on Conservatoires.
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.
Featured article

Trust me, I’m a critic!

In the fall-out from the ‘Dumpygate’ saga surrounding critical reaction to Glyndebourne’sDer Rosenkavalier, critic-bashing has enjoyed renewed vigour. Using the incident to promote a ‘Battle of Ideas’ debate on the value of music critics and the role they play piqued my interest in attending Saturday’s Free Stage event at the Barbican.
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

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

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.
Sarah Lamb & Steven McRae in Royal Ballet's Scènes de Ballet © Tristram Kenton
Sarah Lamb & Steven McRae in Royal Ballet's Scènes de Ballet
Tristram Kenton
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 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

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.
Recommended review

God touching Adam’s finger - almost...

J. S. Bach wrote hundreds of liturgical choral works, most of them with a strict deadline – the forthcoming Sunday morning church service. Yet the composition (some would argue, the compilation) of the Mass in B minor BWV232 occupied him for many years.
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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.
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

A tense, eerie Turn of the Screw

Slick, surreal and creepy, with a strong cast of exciting young singers: it's hard to imagine a Turn of the Screw better than Glyndebourne's Jonathan Kent version, revived for their 2014 Tour by Francesca Gilpin. 
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