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!
Opera features a number of brooding outsiders and a handful of them appear in new productions next season at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper.
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.
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.
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Antonio Pappano; Nikolaj Znaider
Dubugnon, Schumann, Shostakovich
Orchestre de Paris; Paavo Järvi; Khatia Buniatishvili
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Kirill Petrenko; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Falko Herold; Sara Jakubiak; Benjamin Bruns
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.
THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD
MARCH THEME THE GRAND TOUR
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?