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Sunrise to sunset over Bodrum

From breakfast concerts at sunrise to a recital at sunset, with cookery in between, there’s always time for music in Bodrum.
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The hills are alive… with the Sounds of the Dolomites

Audiences may occasionally take a pair of opera glasses with them to the opera house, but binoculars, whistle and first aid kit are definitely not the norm for classical concert-goers!
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Make Bachtrack your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. With the largest selection of upcoming events in our database you can search for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we publish each month across the world.
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Operatic outsiders: Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new season

Opera features a number of brooding outsiders and a handful of them appear in new productions next season at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper.
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Releasing Janáček’s Vixen

Director Melly Still discusses her production of The Cunning Little Vixen, which returns to Glyndeoburne Festival Opera this summer.
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Myth, magic and sacrifice: the new season in Zurich

Zurich Opera and Ballet present seasons packed with new productions of dark works that are dominated by myth, magic or sacrifice. From Greek myth to magic bullets to giving up the one you love, it’s a powerful season destined to move Swiss audiences.
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In Conversation with Gemma Bond

Gemma Bond, a dancer with American Ballet Theatre in New York talks to Andrew Blackmore Dobbyn of her choreographies, juggling creating works and dancing for a ballet company, and her new piece for ABT Studio Company 
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Born in Latvia: Elīna Garanča

Elīna Garanča on why so many great voices are emerging from Latvia, as well as discussing key roles, singing competitions, and how her voice is developing.
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Born in Latvia: Baiba Skride

Baiba Skride has been praised in Bachtrack reviews for her “sweet and cultured tone”, her “rich timbre” and her “earthy and resolute” playing. From Mozart to Mendelssohn, Sibelius to Szymanowski, we’ve reviewed Skride performing violin concertos all around the globe.
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Riga for classical music and opera lovers

Coming from London, Paris or New York, you’re quite likely to start with the expectation that Riga will feel like a small city: after all, it’s of similar population to Sheffield or Detroit. 

Shakespeare: A Playlist

April 23rd, 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. We're marking the occation with a playlist of our favourite Shakespeare-inpired works.

Sir John in Love: the forgotten Falstaff

Sir John in Love, was Ralph Vaughan Williams' second opera, closer in spirit to the much beloved Shakespearean character as portrayed in The Merry Wives of Windsor than in Verdi's Falstaff

Das Liebesverbot: Wagner's Shakespearean comedy

Wagner once famously claimed to revere nothing except his mother and Nature. His second completed opera – a version of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure – is his irreverent take on the Bard.  
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

PragueCzech Philharmonic & Juraj Valčuha

Schubert, Kodály, Bartók
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Juraj Valčuha

RigaFestival Opening. The London Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven, Elgar
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Antonio Pappano; Nikolaj Znaider

GenevaMigros-Pour-cent cultural-Classics: Tournée VI 2015/16

Dubugnon, Schumann, Shostakovich
Orchestre de Paris; Paavo Järvi; Khatia Buniatishvili

BergenVerklärte Nacht / Erwartung

Schoenberg
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Baldur Brönnimann; Nadja Michael

LondonCharles Dutoit conducts Carmina Burana

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Orff
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Charles Dutoit; Chloë Hanslip; Erin Wall; Andrew Kennedy; Rodion Pogossov
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

GlyndebourneIl barbiere di SivigliaNew production

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Enrique Mazzola; Annabel Arden; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Joanna Parker; Björn Bürger; Danielle de Niese; Taylor Stayton

MunichDie Meistersinger von NürnbergNew production

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Kirill Petrenko; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Falko Herold; Sara Jakubiak; Benjamin Bruns

ZürichDer Sandmann

Various: Der Sandmann
Ballett Zürich; Zurich Junior Ballet; Riccardo Minasi; Emma Ryott; Dirk Becker; Philharmonia Zürich

AmsterdamDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Marc Albrecht; Claus Guth; Dutch National Opera; Christian Schmidt; Christopher Maltman; Adrian Sâmpetrean

HalleSosarme, Re di Media HWV 30 (Premiere)

Handel: Sosarme, re di Media
Bernhard Forck; Philipp Harnoncourt; Halle Opera; Elisabeth Ashef; Svitlana Slyvia; Julia Böhme
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy

These all-Ratmansky programs are a clear indication that ABT made the right move when they took him on as their resident choreographer.
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At Prague Spring, new sounds from an old friend

Leading Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim offers yet another take on one of his favorite composers
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Cecilia Bartoli as Maria in Salzburg

A case of “seeing double” in Salzburg, as Cecilia Bartoli brings West Side Story to her Whitsun Festival. 
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Moscow Gold in Birmingham: stunning Shostakovich

A programme steeped in the cultural experience of 20th-century Russia offered intrigue, thrills and a surprising dash of humour.
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A floor-shaking Mahler 2 from Sinaisky and the BBC Phil

Vassily Sinaisky returned to the BBC Philharmonic to conclude their 2016-17 season with Mahler’s monumental second symphony, with all the might of the CBSO Chorus thrown in for the final movement.
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THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD

Postcard from Paris

In Paris to catch some culture? Here's our editor's suggestions on what to do in the city, what to see and where to eat. 

Opinion: A tale of three cities

Travel broadens the mind. It also opens the ears. For years, I was very happy to hear concerts in London… until I heard halls elsewhere.
MARCH THEME THE GRAND TOUR

Grand Tour interview series: Robert Howarth

Today we meet Robert Howarth who has led tours with many internationaly renowned ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Alpesh Chauhan: a young British conductor in Florence

Alpesh Chauhan is a 25 year old conductor with some highly respected orchestras snapping at his heels. We meet him in a Florence café ahead of another challenge. 

Grand Tour interview series: Nicholas Kraemer

Following the European day of Early Music celebrated on 21st March, Bachtrack sets out this spring on a Grand Tour across Europe and beyond, to meet some of the most important period instrument performers and conductors. 

Grand Tour interview series: Aapo Häkkinen

Following the European day of Early Music celebrated on 21st March, Bachtrack sets out this spring on a Grand Tour across Europe and beyond. Today we meet Aapo Häkkinen, artistic director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.
RECENT ARTICLES AND PREVIEWS

Preview: Innsbruck Festival of Early Music at 40

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Innsbruck Early Music Festival. Entitled TragiCommedia, this year's festival celebrates the Light and Dark in early music with illustrious guests and a special anniversary treat.

Cutting edge: Holland Festival explores a wider Europe

This year’s Holland Festival is titled Edges of Europe, delving into the continent’s history back into Ancient Greek myth, but also the way it is changing in the 21st century.

Preview: “If music be the food of love” - in Istanbul

The Istanbul Music Festival marks 400 years since the Bard’s death in its 2016 season. Ten works inspired by Shakespeare are scattered across the month of June, performed by a variety of ensembles.

A new season dawns for Opera Holland Park

For seekers of rare operatic repertoire, the season announcement for Opera Holland Park is one of those red letter days.

LSO looking to the future: the Panufnik Composers Scheme

The London Symphony Orchestra doesn’t rest on its laurels. A century of world-class music making has earned it a global reputation for performances of the core classics. But the orchestra also has a commitment to new works and emerging composers, showcasing the music of today and nurturing the music of tomorrow.

Opinion: Juggling the role of artistic director and artist

Yesterday, Benjamin Millepied stepped down as director of Paris Opéra Ballet, prompting the question: can the director of a large international company juggle a management role with the desire to create?

Chailly and the Berliner Philharmoniker: the critics’ choice

Which are the greatest orchestras and conductors according to the professional critics? Bachtrack's poll reveals the top ten! 
Bachtrack announces Classical Music Statistics for 2015: The busiest conductors and orchestras, the most performed works, the most played living composers, most performed operas and ballet. Whatever you're looking for, check the Bachtrack statistics first HERE.