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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.

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, complemented by a surprisingly substantial programme of orchestral, choral, chamber and solo works.

Holten and Herheim headline new Danish season

Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theatre has an illustrious history. Since 2005 the Opera House on the island of Holmen has hosted most productions. Designed by architect Henning Larsen, it casts an imposing sight across the waterfront, and is wonderfully equipped to deliver first class opera to an international audience.
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A varied season from the NOB

“Name five famous Belgians” is a favourite parlour game to which many people’s first response is the fictional detective Hercule Poirot. In the sphere of classical music, the National Orchestra of Belgium’s new season provides four suitable candidates. 

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.
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

Carmen

Bizet: Carmen
István Dénes; Pál Oberfrank; Hungarian State Opera; László Székely; Márta Pilinyi; Atala Schöck; Kiss B Atilla

»Spirit«

Brzóska: Noetic
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; GöteborgsOperans Danskompani; Antony Gormley; Miriam Andersén; Bochumer Symphoniker; Henrik Schaefer

Pelleas and Melisande

Debussy: Pelléas and Mélisande
Donald Runnicles; Marco Arturo Marelli; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Jana Kurucová; Alexandra Hutton; Ronnita Miller; Thomas Blondelle

Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Konrad Junghänel; Lydia Steier; Komische Oper Berlin; Dominik Köninger; Valentina Farcas; Mirka Wagner; Ezgi Kutlu

Lest We Forget

Cowton, Liszt, Pook
Russell Maliphant; Liam Scarlett; Akram Khan; English National Ballet; Tamara Rojo
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Purcell
L’Arpeggiata; Voces8; Christina Pluhar

Music for the millions

Mozart, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Brahms, Ravel, Sibelius, Falla, Fauré, Bartók, Barber, Mascagni, Telson, Brubeck, Piovani
National Orchestra of Belgium; Dirk Brossé; Rhonny Ventat

Prom 68: Bach – Six Cello Suites

Bach
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Wien. Auf Beethovens Wegen

Webern, Brahms, Beethoven
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Nikolaj Znaider

Prom 70: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov & Rimsky-Korsakov

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov; Nikolai Lugansky
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Prom 55: SWR and Roth in a first and final Proms hurrah

For their first and last ever visit to the Proms, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg and François-Xavier Roth gave a thrilling concert of 20th-century masterpieces, celebrating a rich history of creative inspiration.
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Paper lanterns and origami wings

A Madama Butterfly from beyond the grave? What would Julia Burbach's concept add to the familiar thread of Puccini's opera? 
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Darkness and light with Jeremy Denk

Darkness and light were the main focus of Jeremy Denk's debut at the Chamber Proms in a programme which opened with Scriabin’s demonic  “Black Mass” piano sonata and closed with Beethoven’s otherworldly Op.111.
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A Pierre Boulez hommage in Lucerne

The Lucerne Festival recently celebrated the life and musical achievement of the great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
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High passion at La Scala: "El Sistema" hits the ground running

Often, an enthusiastic response to a performance is nothing remarkable. Here, it certainly was. 
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FOCUS ON FESTIVALS 2015
© BBC | Chris Christodoulou
© BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Guide to the BBC Proms

To find out what we thought of the most recent Prom and to see what's coming up, check out the Bachtrack BBC Proms page.

Bachtrack reviewers' pick of the Proms

Following our preview of the 2015 BBC Proms season, we asked our reviewers who'll be helping cover the season for Bachtrack for their top 3 recommendations. A rich and varied bunch (both the recommendations and the reviewers!) emerged, with pride of place going to... the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
SEASON PREVIEWS FOR 2015-16

Vienna Symphony Orchestra’s new season

After a season focusing on Schubert’s symphonies, Philippe Jordan and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra turn to Beethoven and Bartók.

A Bavarian Smorgasbord

With 43 productions ranging from the baroque to a world première set in Antarctica, the Bayersche Staatsoper's 2015/6 season provides something for everyone.

Meyerbeer rarity heads new Deutsche Oper season

Political intrigues in exotic settings lie at the heart of three new productions at Deutsche Oper next season, headed by a rare outing for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in its original version, as left by the composer, under the title Vasco de Gama. 

One-shot saloon: Operalia triumph for the ladies

Operalia is a curious beast among voice competitions. Step onto the stage, belt out your aria and, before you’ve barely had time to acknowledge the applause, the next contestant shuffles along the conveyor belt. A one-shot saloon. 

Bel canto and gang rape: thoughts on Guillaume Tell

The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera's production of Guillaume Tell caused an uproar at the première and has caused a great deal of comment since. David Karlin argues that director Damiano Michieletto failed by succeeding too well.

BBC Cardiff Singer prize eludes favourite

Cardiff Castle hosted an entertaining bout of medieval jousting yesterday afternoon, but in the evening all eyes and ears turned to the vocal jousting in St David’s Hall.

Hitting the rocks: Michieletto's Guillaume Tell

Sadly, Damiano Michieletto and Antonio Pappano's production is more likely to be remembered for its failings – the awful rape scene, its dullness, plus a list of annoying details too long to mention – than for its musical excellence. It’s worth seeing to get a feel of both.
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Expo Milan: a city alive with music

Visitors to Milan's Expo site will be bowled over by the scale of it all. The New York Times recently voted Milan the number must go destination for 2015 - with so much happening in the city, who could argue?