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Postcard from Zurich...

Switzerland's one-time “Little Big City”

In Zurich for some culture? Here is reviewer Sarah Batschelet's insider's guide on what to see and where to eat.
Postcard from Vienna...

A city living life in the slow lane

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
Postcard from Vantaa...

Photo gallery: Street art in Vantaa, Finland

Pictures of how people in Vantaa have transformed grey concrete spaces in their city into vibrant works of art.
Postcard from Leeds...

You will be spoilt for choice

Leeds is a cultural powerhouse of The North. Here are Richard Wilcocks' tips for pubs, architecture and a rich musical heritage.
Festival review...

Attentive listening at altitude

I’ve just spent three days at the Verbier Festival, immersing in chamber music performances at various mountainside locations 1500metres above sea level. I don’t listen to anywhere near as much chamber music in London when I’m home. I’m never in the right headspace.
The pick of the bunch...

Bachtrack Hot List: for members only

Welcome to the August Hot List, where our editor highlights some of the tastiest events near you this month.

Latest news on BBC Proms

Every day there's another review. Keep checking back on Bachtrack for the latest news. Bookmark this page for Bachtrack's BBC Proms reviews and to find and book your tickets!
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Queue Jumping: Promming for Martha

I knew Martha Argerich’s Prom with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra would be long sold out, but the intrepid ticket ninja in me hoped that a return may have sprung up on the website. It was then I stumbled upon this year’s wheeze.
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Preview: Janáček Brno Festival and season

The festival presents Janáček's opera and other works in the context of others; if you can't catch it, there's plenty more in the Janáček Opera NTB's regular season.
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A human voice: the Cello Unwrapped

The warmth and human-like quality to the cello’s timbre features strongly as King’s Place turns the spotlight on this most soulful of instruments.
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Mozart's Idomeneo: a step of evolution in Göteborg

Idomeneo is still something of a 'Cinderella' among Mozart's operas, yet Graham Vick is about to direct it for the third time. What draws him back to it?
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Opera North: Drama and fairytale

A set of three dramatic operas is followed in 2017 by three new productions of fairytale operas, including a rare chance to hear Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden. 
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Love triangles and secret grottos

Munich is one of the top European destinations for opera tourists. It’s not difficult to see why. The Staatsoper's season is built around six new opera productions at the Nationaltheater, ranging from Rossini to Schreker. 
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Ice and magma: Nordic focus for Tortelier

A focus on Nordic composers, including Anna Thorvaldsdottir, marks Yan Pascal Tortelier’s first season at the helm in Iceland.
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RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Utrecht1,000 years of Venice | 75 years of Jordi Savall

Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall; Orthodox-Byzantine Vocal Ensemble; La cappella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI

GrafeneggRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Sol Gabetta - Daniele Gatti

Weber, Schumann, Bruckner
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Daniele Gatti; Sol Gabetta

LondonProm 64: Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle – Boulez and Mahler

Boulez, Mahler
Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle

MontrealCarmina Burana opens the Season

Ligeti, Orff
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano; Aline Kutan; Frédéric Antoun; Russell Braun; Choeur des Enfants de Montréal

BonnCzech Philharmonic Orchestra on Tour

Ligeti, Mozart, Ullmann, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek; Hilary Hahn
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

StockholmElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Finnish National Opera; Elisabet Strid; Nina Stemme; Waltraud Meier; Mika Pohjonen

LondonProm 68: Rossini – Semiramide

Rossini: Semiramide
Sir Mark Elder; Albina Shagimuratova; Levy Strauss Sekgapane; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo; Daniela Barcellona

RigaMacbeth

Verdi: Macbeth
Aigars Meri; Reinis Suhanovs; Mareunrols; Tatiana Melnychenko; Yulianna Bawarska

AmsterdamLe nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Ivor Bolton; David Bösch; Dutch National Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Stéphane Degout; Eleonora Buratto

BerlinCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Daniel Cohen; Søren Schuhmacher; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Pier Luigi Samaritani; Clémentine Margaine; Leonardo Caimi; Dong-Hwan Lee
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Epic Shostakovich 5 from Alsop and the São Paulo SO

Marin Alsop nods to her mentor in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, challenges the Edinburgh Festival Chorus with Villa-Lobos' Chôros 10 and astonishes in a passionate enduring performance of Shostakovich's Fifth.
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Fun and games open Oslo Chamber Music Festival

Thursday's opening of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival showed an enticing bredth of programming, showcasing a wide array of new and old music, all performed with utter conviction.
*****
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EUYO triumphs in Bolzano

An inspiring sight in a troubled year: a hundred young Europeans coming together in the European Union Youth Orchestra celebrating music and friendship.
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Strong cast opens Handel's Oreste in Auckland

This performance of Oreste showcased a exceptionally strong young cast keenly in tune with Handelian style.
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Bruckner Supreme: Haitink in Lucerne

Many think that Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony points to a kind of cosmic grandeur, and little else can match the power and excellence of its finest performance. The Lucerne concert proved them right.
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Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season

Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season starts with a new production of La traviata, ends with the world première of Levente Gyöngyösi’s The Master and Margarita and spans a wide range of everything in between.
We visit Tokyo...

Art and classical music in Tokyo

Tokyo's array of culture is so extensive and diverse that it can bewilder a first time visitor. Here's our guide to how to start enjoying one of the world's great artistic cities.
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Opéra de Dijon's new season

The Opéra de Dijon's 2016/7 season has an opera programme that strays further from the beaten track than ever, with a couple of notable dance performances and an American flavour infusing the extensive concert programme.
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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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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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The European Elgar takes the Bournemouth limelight

Elgar is placed at the heart of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s programming next season, putting him very much into a European context.
Opinion...

Being European: they can't take that away from me

Culture and Europe are intertwined and far the richer for it. The personal desires of UK politicians must not separate us from the mainland and the rich cultural exchange we currently enjoy.
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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.
We visit...

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. 
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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.

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! 
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