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Luxury in Mallorca: Formentor Sunset Classics

Opera's current power couple carry off with excellence a mixed programme of opera in an outstandingly beautiful outdoor location.
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A bold joint venture by Kremer and Keller

Gidon Kremer and András Keller take their longstanding friendship to a new level as they join the ensembles they respectively lead -- Kremerata Baltica and Concerto Budapest -- into a dream orchestra for a tour of Asia. Where politics is floundering, could music show the way towards the benefits of international cooperation?
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A childhood drama queen: Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak tells us about making ten role debuts in a year as her voice shifts from bel canto to the dramatic repertoire she has been dreaming about since childhood.
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Nikita Mndoyants, from Cleveland to Carnegie Hall

Winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Nikita Mndoyants spoke enthusiastically on his musical development, influences, and experiences in advance of his upcoming Carnegie Hall debut.
Film music feature

A Flight Through the Music of Joe Hisaishi

As part of our film and game music month, we go deep into the work of Joe Hisaishi, the composer behind Studio Ghibli's best-loved scores.
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Franz Waxman's film and classical music

Franz Waxman is known for his film scores, yet he also composed classical music. In the year of the 50th anniversary of his death, we look back on his work.
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John Williams and his early aesthetic

A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld
film music interview

RSNO's Film Season Reaches New Audiences

In Edinburgh and Glasgow, the RSNO is bringing swathes of new audience into the concert hall to hear a live orchestra for the first time. 
game music interview

Creative haggling with Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin has worked in a whole range of fields, producing works that span film, video games and epic song cycles. Just don't call him a “video game composer”.
game music feature

Assassin's Creed II - Magic in a video game

Assassin's Creed takes us to the Borgias' Florence and we stroll along streets and palaces, churches and galleries, with such detail that it seems we are, in fact, in the city. Accompanied by the music that Jesper Kyd brilliantly composed to the saga, we take part in a plot of revenge and disloyalty.
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Still winning awards: Ennio Morricone at 88

A brief chat with Ennio Morricone – one of the most ground-breaking and prolific film composers alive – and an introduction to his music.
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The Varied Sounds of the Dolomites

Taking place every summer in Trentino, the Sounds of the Dolomites festival combines music and nature like never before.
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BA…CHopin and his Europe international festival 2017

For nearly three weeks in August, renowned international performers and rising stars take to the stage to play the music of Bach and Chopin, and much, much more in this the thirteenth edition of the Chopin and his Europe International Festival, presented by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
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Bite-size opera: The Little Greats

How do you entice people to spend a night out at the opera? How do you grow new audiences? This autumn, Opera North may have a solution. 
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May Hot List

Welcome to your May Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (36 pages!) on Bachtrack's 'What's On' section. This is our largest monthly list yet, reflecting some enticing events, as well as our depth of concerts listed.
Make Bachtrack your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. 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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ParisPoulenc, Britten

Poulenc, Britten
Sofi Jeannin; Chœur de Radio France

GlasgowSibelius Five

Sibelius, Mahler, Beethoven
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Jennifer Johnston

MadridBruch, Shostakovich

Bruch, Shostakovich
Orquesta Nacional de España; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Pinchas Zukerman

HalleSt John Passion

Handel: St John Passion
Roland Wilson; Ulrike Hofbauer; Marie-Luise Werneburg; Alexander Schneider; David Erler

LondonBruckner

Bruckner
London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink; Sally Matthews; Karen Cargill; Eric Cutler; Franz-Josef Selig

AmsterdamMaster Pianist Radu Lupu

Haydn, Debussy, Tchaikovsky
Radu Lupu, Piano

CologneSinfoniekonzert10Deutsche Erstaufführung

Janáček, Barker, Beethoven
Gürzenich Orchestra; Ilan Volkov; Alison Balsom

RigaLa Traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Tadeusz Wojciechowski; Latvian National Opera; Andris Freibergs; Kristīne Pasternaka; Sonora Vaice; Marina Rebeka
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ZürichCorpusNew production

World Premiere
Douglas Lee; Filipe Portugal; Ballett Zürich; Zurich Junior Ballet; Christopher Moulds; Martin Gebhardt; Michael Küster; Orchestra La Scintilla Zurich

BarcelonaLa Fille du régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du régiment
Giuseppe Finzi; Laurent Pelly; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Chantal Thomas; Sabina Puértolas; Ewa Podleś

ZürichDer feurige EngelNew production

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Gianandrea Noseda; Calixto Bieito; Zurich Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Ausrine Stundyte; Judith Schmid

MunichTannhäuserNew production

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Kirill Petrenko; Romeo Castellucci; Bavarian State Opera; Klaus Florian Vogt; Anja Harteros

BarcelonaDer fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Oksana Lyniv; Philipp Stölzl; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Conrad Moritz Reinhardt; Ursula Kudrna; Attila Jun; Elena Popovskaya

MunichAlice in WonderlandNew production

Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Christopher Wheeldon; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Nicholas Wright; Bob Crowley; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

BergenPeter Grimes - in concert

Britten: Peter Grimes
Edward Gardner; Bergen National Opera; Stuart Skelton; Giselle Allen; Ida Falk Winland; Vibeke Kristensen

BrnoAmilcare Ponchielli - La GiocondaNew production

Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Tomáš Pilař; Janáček Opera NTB; Zimula Sylva Hanáková
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Poignancy and optimism in cathartic Brahms and Beethoven

Martin Helmchen produced a powerful and sombre performance of Brahms' First Piano Concerto, while Blomstedt and the Philharmonia sparkled in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
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Barenboim's Schubert cycle continues in joyous fashion

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle offer the easy-going atmosphere large-scale Schubertiad in the composer's middle symphonies at the Boulezsaal.
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Pictures at an Exhibition from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Fabien Gabel and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec present inventive and colorful musical pictures by Schmitt, El-Khoury, Honegger, Zappa and Richard Strauss.
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A highly accomplished start to Stockholm's Ring

John Lundgren, bullet-headed, youthful and overbearing, gave a world-class performance as Wotan. 
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As time goes by: an evening with Nikolai Lugansky

In his Wigmore Hall recital Nikolai Lugansky surveys the Russian seasons and explores Polish dance rhythms.
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Palliative and consoling Mahler 9

Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a deeply moving account of Mahler's Ninth Symphony at the Barbican the day after the tragedy in Manchester.
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A not so brief encounter with the Moscow Phil

An earthy – if slow – Pictures at an Exhibition from Yuri Simonov and the Moscow Philharmonic in Basingstoke is like a musical step back in time. 
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Splendour falls on castle walls

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra gave a lesson in ethnomusicology as part of the their all-Bartók programme, which culminated in a towering performance of Bluebeard's Castle.
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Italian music festivals: As prolific as pasta!

Italy has such an abundance of la dolce vita musicale it can be overwhelming, especially in the long, languid summer months when music-lovers, culture-cognoscenti and garrulous gourmands alike can savour the best of what this extraordinary country has to offer.
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Summer music and opera in France

In July and August, Parisians flee the city to the provinces, where stunning landscapes and hundreds of music festivals await them. We explore the rich diversity.
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Guide to Opera Festivals 2017

Opera with the stars or under the stars? Country house picnics or rare repertoire in smaller venues? Our 2017 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!

Postcard from Wrocław

The hardest task facing foreign visitors to the fascinating Polish city of Wrocław is how to pronounce it. 

Postcard from Dublin

Situated on the sea, Dublin has a rich cultural past and a lively social scene making for a very pleasant visitation. Just don't forget to pack the umbrella! 
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Postcard from Amsterdam: unassuming riches

When you stroll through the Rijksmuseum, 17th-century burghers peer at you, self-assured and dressed soberly, mostly in black. The first impression these portraits of the superrich give is that their subjects did not much care for ostentatious display.
FESTIVAL PREVIEWS
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Travels: the 2017 BRQ Vantaa Festival

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Artistic Director of BRQ Vantaa Festival, gives us a taste of the 2017 Festival; David gives you a taste of travelling to Vantaa and Helsinki.
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Theatrical feast: Hipermestra at Glyndebourne

This year's festival opens with the most lavish work of an exceptionally important composer. So why has it languished unperformed for so long?
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“Unusual": the 45th Istanbul Music Festival

Now in its 45th year, the Istanbul Music Festival embraces and celebrates an extraordinary city, bringing together Turkey’s musical heritage with music from around the world.
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Michael Chance on the new Grange Festival

Michael Chance tells us about planned improvements to the festival-going experience and tells us about the operas that will form part of the new festival.
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Opera under the stars at Festival d'Aix

Summer sends audiences scurrying all over Europe for their operatic fix. Glyndebourne and a whole host of imitators dominate the English country house scene, or you may head for Savonlinna’s Finnish castle, or the glitz and glamour of Salzburg. But one destination in South France draws the connoisseurs: Aix-en-Provence.
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Wealth of jewels at Toyko's Suntory Hall

Four of the world's great orchestras are all set to celebrate cornerstones of their repertoire in the fabled acoustic of the recently renovated Suntory Hall.
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi

Read our wide-ranging interview about Monteverdi's operas, their cultural context, performing them today and why they remain as contemporary and fresh as when they were written four centuries ago.
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Baroque Inquisition: Rinaldo Alessandrini

The prolific recording artist and founder of Concerto Italiano answers our questions about Monteverdi and other music of the period.
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Baroque and Early Music Festivals: the 2017 guide

Whether you're looking for Handel, Bach, Monteverdi, Telemann or mix of all of these; whether you like your Baroque music in a grand palace, an intimate chapel or a state-of-the-art concert hall, our 2017 roundup has something for you.
Celebrating women...

Top Six Women Baroque Composers

Following the example of Rebecca Lentjes’ January feature “Top Ten Living Women Composers”, I have made my pick of women composers of the Baroque period in celebration of International Women’s Day.
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Photo gallery: Baroque theatres you should see

Feast your eyes on this marvellous collection of Europe's surviving baroque theatres.
NEW SEASON PREVIEWS

Pleasure in pain: Munich's new opera & ballet season

New productions, including a stellar Parsifal starring Kaufmann and Gerhaher, mix with the standard rich repertory pickings in the Bavarian capital

Deutsche Oper's new season

Deutsche Oper has a cornucopia in store for the new season. It promises some bold takes on the core repertoire, several enticing rarities, and a world première by the eminent German composer Aribert Reimann.
FEBRUARY FOCUS ON OPERA
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“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais shot to international fame in 2010 in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera. She talks to us having recently performed the role in Mary Zimmerman’s much anticipated new production at The Met.
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Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.
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Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.
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Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 
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Creating opera roles: Stéphane Degout

With two new role creations in progress, baritone Stéphane Degout will be back this summer to the Aix Festival for the world première of Pinocchio. He talks to us about the process of creating new opera roles.
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Kate Lindsey on Così fan tutte in Aix

For mezzo-sopranos, playing boys comes with the job. Kate Lindsey is no different, but it's the –very feminine – role of Dorabella we spend much time discussing. 
CONTEMPORARY MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
Retrospective...

Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.
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“Not a political composer": John Adams

Taking time out from working on his new opera, Girls of the Golden West, which premières in San Francisco later this year, we spoke to John Adams about politics, Scheherazade.2 and where he sees the future for classical music.
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From Crumb to Kaufmann: Holland Festival 2017 revealed

The Holland Festival has always celebrated and promoted new work and takes its 70th anniversary to both look forward, with plenty of world premières, but also to reflect on its past. 
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A guide to contemporary music festivals

There are plenty of occasions to hear Beethoven's symphonies or Mozart's operas throughout the year. But what about the 21st century repertoire? Contemporary music lovers often find it hard to quench their thirst for new music. Thankfully, some festivals specialise in contemporary music, giving to everyone the opportunity to drink their fill.
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Keeping the Boulez spirit alive

Daniel Barenboim inaugurated last month the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. The most interesting feature of the hall lies not in its flowing architecture, but rather in its name: the Pierre Boulez Saal. One year after the French composer death, what is his legacy?
Contemporary focus...

Top 10 Living Women Composers

According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. 
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From Valhalla to the New World

During his five seasons at the helm, Jaap van Zweden has raised the Hong Kong Phil’s international profile, particularly through his ongoing Ring Cycle in concert which reaches its conclusion in the new season.
Bachtrack announces Classical Music Statistics for 2016: 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.