Behind the scenes at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, as a new opera co-production with San Francisco Opera, Dream of the Red Chamber, ships in.
As far as you can get from opera's birthplace, a small company leads the way in exploring the repertoire of its early years.
How best to celebrate Johan Sebastian Bach's birthday and the arrival of spring? Don't miss the European Early Music Day, organised by REMA on 21st March at venues across Europe.
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.
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.
Pick of the bunch...
Here is your March 2017 Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (42 pages!) on 'What's On' section. The listings should begin with your 'home' city – if you have set one as your most usual concert/opera-going city. You can also select other cities as your favourites, so that these should appear next on the list.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Yefim Bronfman
Beethoven, Adams, Berlioz
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Gilbert; Frank Huang; Sheryl Staples; Cynthia Phelps; Carter Brey
LA Opera Orchestra; Plácido Domingo; Sondra Radvanovsky; Diana Damrau; Nicolas Testé
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Reflections on mortality provided by the French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in two works by Richard Strauss and Mozart.
Mark Lamos' staging is a riot of colour and movement; George Souglides gives us a masterclass in costumery; fine Italian singing illuminates this Norwegian première for Rossini's madcap Il turco in Italia.
Viennese classics from the Brodsky Quartet in Leamington Spa.
Welsh National Opera brings its 1978 production of Madama Butterfly to Milton Keynes.
The increasingly effulgent conductor filtered Brahms’ tone through a chandelier of variously-shaped orchestral figures.
FEBRUARY FOCUS ON OPERA
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.
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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Savonlinna’s contribution to the centenary has been to commission a new work from the country’s senior operatic composer, Aulis Sallinen. Not an opera per se in this case, but what he describes as a “chronicle for speaker, four singers, orchestra and Olavinlinna”.
CONTEMPORARY MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
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?
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.
RECENT ARTICLES AND PREVIEWS
Some people crack open the Champagne to launch the New Year, but here at Bachtrack Towers the corks have barely popped before we dive into the classical music statistics for the year just ended.