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October 2015
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A noble discovery: Jakub Hrůša on his move to Bamberg

Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša did not have much time to bask in the glow of his appointment in early September as new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony.

Extending the Baroque map of Europe

Inaugurated in 2013, the Valletta International Baroque Festival  is seen as a celebration of Valletta’s Baroque identity.

Fundación Excelentia: A breath of fresh air

Fundación Excelentia has developed a self­sustaining project, supported by more than 700 subscribers and featuring more than 60 concerts per season. Here are some pointers as to why this young endeavour has achieved a respected status in Madrid’s crowded orchestral season.

Sprightly at 70: Philharmonia

In 2015, the Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary. Its new season explores unfamiliar repertoire 

Oper Stuttgart's 2015/6 season

Oper Stuttgart's 2015/6 is notable for no less than six new productions, ranging from bel canto to late twentieth century. Operagoers who like strong staging will be particularly impressed, and there's plenty for all musical tastes.

CAFe Budapest: Folk roots and contemporary sounds

The influence of folk music on contemporary composers is a strand explored in this year’s CAFe Budapest, where its classical programme draws inspiration from the great Hungarian composer, Bela Bartók.

Baroque Inquisition: Christopher Ainslie

Christopher Ainslie faces our Baroque Inquisition as we find out more about the rise of the countertenor. 

Baroque Inquisition: Anthony Roth Costanzo

Facing our Baroque Inquisition, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is fascinating about the processes of creating ornamentation and provides a splendid selection of operatic weirdnesses.

Baroque Inquisition: Tim Mead

Tim Mead is the next countertenor to face our Baroque Inquisition. Read about da capo ornamentation, plus odd things he's been asked to do on stage!

Baroque Inquisition: Lawrence Zazzo

Lawrence Zazzo faces our Baroque Inquisition as we find out more about the rise of the countertenor. 

Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE

Rameau, Handel, Dvořák, MacMillan
Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE; Carlos Kalmar; Xavier Mendoza

Complete works of Louis Couperin: part 3

Brice Pauset, Harpsichord

Les Femmes

Charpentier, Nivers, d'Agincour
Hervé Niquet; Vlaams Radio Koor

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Bostridge sings Handel

Telemann, Handel
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Steven Devine; Ian Bostridge

Dame Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg

Dowland, Purcell, Blow, Humfrey, Eccles
Dame Emma Kirkby; Jakob Lindberg

Vasco de GamaNew production

Meyerbeer: Vasco da Gama
Enrique Mazzola; Vera Nemirova; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Jens Kilian; Marie-Thérèse Jossen; Roberto Alagna; Sophie Koch

Il trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Maurizio Benini; Àlex Ollé; Dutch National Opera; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Simone Piazzola; Carmen Giannattasio


Bellini: Norma
Giovanni Antonini; Patrice Caurier; Zurich Opera; Christian Fenouillat; Agostino Cavalca; Liliana Nikiteanu; Cecilia Bartoli

The Royal Danish Ballet: The Fantasy Traveller

Various: The Fantasy Traveller
Esther Lee Wilkinson; Royal Danish Ballet

Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz
Roland Kluttig; Achim Freyer; Oper Stuttgart; Ashley David Prewett; Karl-Friedrich Dürr

Opulenter Klangrausch

Unter der Leitung von Chefdirigent Dirk Kaftan spielte sich das Grazer Philharmonische Orchester in einen Klangrausch, in dessen Strudel es nicht alle Solisten leicht hatten, andere wiederum glänzen konnten.
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Sondra Radvanovsky reigns over a lackluster set

In Anna Bolena, Sondra Radvanovsky plays a queen who loses her crown. But she approaches a different coronation: as the first to play three of Donizetti's Tudor Queens at the Met.
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A Lady Macbeth to hit you between the eyes

Dmitri Tcherniakov turns Shostakovich's "satirical tragedy" into a riveting piece of theatre, help by an outstanding performance from Patricia Racette and a top class orchestral performance from new ENO Musical Director Mark Wigglesworth.
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Basel Symphony Orchestra discovers life in Mars

Dennis Russell Davies conducts the Basel Symphony Orchestra in idiosyncratic Les Six, and portentous Holst, while Alice Sara Ott provides exuberant Ravel. 
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Spanish sunshine and Austrian countryside in Manchester

A joyful concert by the Manchester Camerata conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy with Craig Ogden in music by Rossini, Chabrier, Rodrigo and Beethoven, with a few surprises along the way.
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Opéra de Dijon: not only opera, but also...

The Opéra de Dijon's 2015/6 opera programme packs a considerable level of interest and variety into a relatively small number of productions, plus orchestral, choral, chamber and solo works.

A rich and varied Iceland Symphony Orchestra season

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has gained an international reputation in recent years and its new season features an impressive mix of star soloists and conductors, as well as spotlighting Icelandic talent. 

Holten and Herheim headline new Danish season

Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theatre casts an imposing sight across the waterfront, and is wonderfully equipped to deliver first class opera to an international audience.

Shakespeare celebrated in Budapest

“If music be the food of love, play on,” declares Duke Orsino at the start of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. There is no operatic version of Twelfth Night, but plenty of the Bard’s plays have been turned into operas or ballets, many of which feature in Hungarian State Opera’s new season.

A varied season from the NOB

“Name five famous Belgians” is a favourite parlour game. In the sphere of classical music, the National Orchestra of Belgium’s new season provides four suitable candidates. 

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! 

In Conversation with Carla Körbes

Pia Lo interviews Ex PNB principal and newly appointed associate director of L.A. Dance project Carla Körbes, who looks back on her farewell performance, and talks of future projects.