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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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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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Wigglesworth: Throwing paint at the canvas

In rehearsals at ENO, Ryan Wigglesworth discusses his first opera The Winter's Tale which opens on 27th February. 
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A wealth of new productions at DNO

DNO unveils an astonishing eleven new productions next season – either completely new or co-productions which are new to Amsterdam  – with just three revivals.
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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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Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
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Brussels, a dance capital

The Brussels Dance! Festival not only gives an insight into the dance riches of the city, but also into the many creative spaces and unique theatres of Brussels. 
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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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No cookie cutter soprano: Joyce El-Khoury

Joyce El-Khoury discusses her long-awaited Covent Garden debut and the role Violetta has played in her career. 
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Ferruccio Furlanetto on a lifetime with Philip II

The great Italian bass talks about his relationship with Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, and about other seminal roles.
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Barcelona: the best of music, art and food

We take you on a quick spin round Barcelona's magnificently rebuilt opera house, world class concerts, the architecture of Gaudí, the art of Miró, Picasso, Casas – with some tips for the gastronomic scene.
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Operatic worlds collide in Linz

This spring the Austrian city of Linz is encompassing the world. Or rather worlds: worlds of celestial harmony and of dreams characterise two operas being mounted by Landestheater Linz.
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The Castle in the Water: a new work for Savonlinna

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”.
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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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Strong women, big voices at LA Opera

Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. It attracts star singers and the second half of its season features some big female voices taking on some of opera’s strong women.
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This is Rattle: LSO new season

It’s been the most hotly anticipated arrival in British classical music for years. Sir Simon Rattle takes up his post as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra with a refreshing season programme. 
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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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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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“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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A Turkish première for Der Rosenkavalier

Every season the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra puts on an operatic performance to honour Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer. Sascha Goetzel explains why this year they're performing Der Rosenkavalier
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“Violetta is my life's work”: Corinne Winters

Corinne Winters shot to fame when she starred in Peter Konwitschny’s controversial staging of La traviata at ENO and it’s the character of Violetta which is the focus of our conversation.
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A weekend at Barcelona's Liceu

Of all European cities, one of the best for a weekend break has to be Barcelona. Head there in May and you can soak up a wonderful weekend at the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.
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Gergiev tops Bachtrack’s 2016 classical statistics

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.
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Hohenlohe's International Violin Competition

Search back through the previous winners and one name leaps out. In 1995, the youngest of the three age categories (aged 14-years and under) was won by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, who went on to build a strong international career.
Bychkov and Tchaikovsky...

Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
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Malta International Music Festival 2017

The concert programme for the 2017 Malta International Music Festival runs for ten days, from 21st to 30th April. But there is no question as to which is the star draw: on Saturday 29th, Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will be performing in Malta for the first time.
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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. 
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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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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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February 2017 Hot List: For members only

Here is your February 2017 Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (33 pages!) on 'What's On' section. 
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The Wiener Staatsoper's Live at Home

The Vienna State Opera's subscription service offers 45 live broadcasts a year for a monthly fee. The intention is to foster in your home a sense of the live occasion, as distinct from the mere provision of a video library.
Music Education...in Stockholm

100 years of school concerts

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has been staging school concerts for every year since 1917. The RSPO's Stefan Forsberg and Karina Svensson talk about bringing music to Swedish children, then and now.
music education in Bruges

Music education at the Concertgebouw Brugge

To find out some of the great work Concertgebouw Brugge is doing with teenagers, check out the videos you will find here.
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Bach Academy Bruges

Concertgebouw Brugge’s 2017 Bach Academy is devoted to the Reformation’s riches, at which Johann Sebastian is firmly rooted at the centre. Spanning just five days, the festival combines traditionally authentic performance styles alongside more improvisatory music which takes Bach as its inspiration.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

LondonSakari Oramo conducts Nielsen and SibeliusUK première

Nielsen, Glanert, Sibelius
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; BBC Singers

MuscatAnna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov

Verdi, Puccini, Rossini
Anna Netrebko; Yusif Eyvazov

ParisProkofiev, Tchaikovsky, Silvestrov

Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Silvestrov
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Andrey Boreyko; Lukas Geniušas

MontrealBoston Symphony Orchestra, Nelsons and Ax

Mozart, Berlioz
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Emanuel Ax

ViennaSt John Passion

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Werner Güra; Adrian Eröd; Genia Kühmeier; Elisabeth Kulman
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MunichSemiramideNew production

Rossini: Semiramide
Michele Mariotti; David Alden; Bavarian State Opera; Paul Steinberg; Buki Shiff; Joyce DiDonato; Alex Esposito

BerlinEdward IIWorld Première

Scartazzini: Edward II
Thomas Søndergård; Christof Loy; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Annette Kurz; Klaus Bruns; Michael Nagy; Agneta Eichenholz

BrnoOskar Nedbal – Polish Blood

Nedbal: Polish Blood
Ondrej Olos; Tomáš Pilař; Janáček Opera NTB; Jakub Klecker; Aleš Valášek; Andrea Široká

Newcastle upon TyneThe Snow MaidenNew production

Rimsky-Korsakov: Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden
Leo McFall; John Fulljames; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Christina Cunningham; Aoife Miskelly; Heather Lowe

LinzSalomeneue Produktion

Strauss R.: Salome
Dennis Russell Davies; Marc Adam; Landestheater Linz; Annemarie Woods
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A sizzling myth of matricide

In the hands of director Hans Neuenfels, the Swiss première of Manfred Trojahn’s Orest was widely anticipated for its “splashes of gore and commensurate splatters of sound”.
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Tosca under Nazi occupation breaks hearts

Splendid performances and a Nazi makeover turns Puccini's political tragedy into a visceral experience.
****1
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Miraculous Makropulos Case debuts in Asia

National Theatre Brno brings David Radok’s 2014 staging of Janáček’s Makropulos Case to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the opera's first-ever journey to Asia, with Annalena Persson in the lead.
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Handel's “Frauenliebe und -leben”

Handel arias showcased by non-Handelian soprano and great ensemble Il pomo d'oro, with commentary by Donna Leon.
***11
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The Source belongs here and now

It's not really an opera (or even an oratorio), but Ted Hearne's The Source is important and engaging.
****1
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Retrospective...

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?
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Interview with Eva Böcker, cellist at the Ensemble Modern

We continue our interviews series with Eva Böcker, cellist at the Ensemble Modern.
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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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Jagdish Mistry, Ensemble Modern: interview

We continue our interviews series with Jagdish Mistry, violinist at the Ensemble Modern.
NOVEMBER FOCUS ON ASIA
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Ballet Philippines: a rare gem

Appraising the legacy and the future of the dance company established nearly 50 years ago by pioneer Alice Reyes, whose distinctive signature is both Asian and Western.
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Meeting in Harmony: Suntory Hall

The spirit of Herbert von Karajan lives on in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, built in the quest for “the world's most beautiful sound”. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the hall is aiming to appeal to an increasingly global audience.
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Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 
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Playing cello through the Cultural Revolution

Je suis rentré au Conservatoire de Shanghai après la révolution culturelle, vers 1978. Quand je suis arrivé en Belgique, j’avais 23 ans et je ne parlais pas un mot de français.
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Brett Dean and Beethoven rub shoulders in Hong Kong

Australian composer Brett Dean’s compositions appear in the 8th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival next January, where he is composer-in-residence.
CONDUCTOR INTERVIEWS

Uniting through music: Q&A with Marin Alsop

Period instruments, Rusty Musicians and inspiring a new generation of female conductors: just a few topics touched upon in our interview. 

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky has a special place in the heart of Russians. Semyon Bychkov caught the bug at an early age. In an interview, he reflects on what Tchaikovsky means to him, and the man behind the notes. 

A sense of theatre: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano reflects on recent performances of Fidelio and Norma and how his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved and the difficulties staging Verdi.

Rolling his sleeves up: Ed Gardner in Bergen

As commutes go, London to Bergen has its attractions. Nearly a year into the post of chief conductor at the Bergen Philharmonic, Ed Gardner has a bounce in his step and exudes genuine enthusiasm for the job.

Valery Gergiev: “I'm a relatively busy man”

Ahead of his appearance with the Munich Philharmonic at this year’s Prom 4, Valery Gergiev gave Bachtrack a wide-ranging interview, discussing the Mariinsky, Russian music, education and much more.
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Concert hall acoustics: Interview at Arup Acoustics' SoundLab

Arup Acoustics are one of the world's foremost acoustics practices. David Karlin visits their Soundlab facility in London, which lets the listener hear how a hall will sound from various seat positions.
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Concert hall acoustics in the 21st century: Interview with Sam Berkow

A pupil of Russell Johnston at Artec, Sam Berkow has been the acoustical designer of performing arts venues and recording studios. He talks to David Karlin about modern acoustics, and his belief that modern performance spaces should support a wide range of performances without acoustical compromise.
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Looking forward to the NY Phil in 2017

2017 is the 175th birthday of NY Phil, as well as being the 70th of John Adams and the 50th of outgoing Music Director Alan Gilbert, who takes on the lion's share of the conducting duties. 2017 highlights will include world premières by Marsalis, Gruber and Auerbach.   This preview was sponsored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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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Bachtrack publishes its 10,000th review

On the occasion of our 10,000th review, raise a glass, please, ladies and gentlemen, to the health of our wonderful Bachtrack reviewers
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.