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Operatic outsiders: 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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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.
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Born in Latvia: Baiba Skride

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.
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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.
CELEBRATING SHAKESPEARE400

Shakespeare400: A Playlist

April 23rd, 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. We're marking the occation with a playlist of our favourite Shakespeare-inpired works.

Sir John in Love: the forgotten Falstaff

Sir John in Love, was Ralph Vaughan Williams' second opera, closer in spirit to the much beloved Shakespearean character as portrayed in The Merry Wives of Windsor than in Verdi's Falstaff

Das Liebesverbot: Wagner's Shakespearean comedy

Wagner once famously claimed to revere nothing except his mother and Nature. His second completed opera – a version of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure – is his irreverent take on the Bard.  
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In Conversation with Gemma Bond

Gemma Bond, a dancer with American Ballet Theatre in New York talks to Andrew Blackmore Dobbyn of her choreographies, juggling creating works and dancing for a ballet company, and her new piece for ABT Studio Company 
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Releasing Janáček’s Vixen

Director Melly Still discusses her production of The Cunning Little Vixen, which returns to Glyndeoburne Festival Opera this summer.
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A Finnish festival of Baroque

Besides a gateway to Helsinki, Vantaa is an important destination in itself, particularly during August where the BRQ Vantaa Festival, founded by Luolajan-Mikkola in 2010, takes place.
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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.
Make Bachtrack your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. With the largest selection of upcoming events in our database you can search for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we publish each month across the world.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

New York CityThe Philadelphia Orchestra

Rachmaninov, Mahler
Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Lang Lang

AmsterdamConcertgebouw Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Kristine Opolais

LondonLSO Artist Portrait: Leif Ove Andsnes

Schumann, Beethoven
London Symphony Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Leif Ove Andsnes; Lucy Crowe; Christine Rice; Toby Spence

PragueCzech Philharmonic

Smetana: Má vlast (My Country)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Paavo Järvi
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

BudapestThe Magic Flute

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Iván Fischer; Nuria Rial; Mandy Fredrich; Hanno Müller-Brachmann; Bernard Richter

GothenburgMacbeth

Verdi: Macbeth
Antony Hermus; David Radok; Göteborg Opera; Lars-Åke Thessman; Katarina Hollá; Annalena Persson; Tomas Lind

LondonAdelson e Salvini

Bellini: Adelson e Salvini
Daniele Rustioni; Kenneth Richardson; Opera Rara; Daniela Barcellona; Kathryn Rudge; Patricia Bardon; Lawrence Brownlee

WashingtonDas Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Philippe Auguin; Francesca Zambello; Washington National Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Catherine Martin; Jacqueline Echols

CardiffIn Parenthesis

Bell: In Parenthesis
Carlo Rizzi; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; Andrew Bidlack; Peter Coleman-Wright; Alexandra Deshorties
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Composers turn to the sonnets in Manchester

Manchester flies the flag again for contemporary music as young composers put the BBC Philharmonic through their paces in a bracing programme of Shakespeare-inspired commissions.
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Gabriela Montero captivates with Liszt

An overwhelming B minor Sonata opens to a celebration of the moment.
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Spry Mozart and Bruckner from Blomstedt in London

Conducting entirely from memory, Herbert Blomstedt and the Philharmonia gave a rousing performance of Bruckner's Fourth and Mozart's 39th.
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Kálmán’s The Duchess of Chicago beguiles Budapest

This exhilarating remake of Kálmán's 1928 operetta gem is worth booking a trip to Budapest to catch it.
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Empty Moves: Abstract Pleasures

I definitely recommend Empty Moves but you have to come to it with an open mind, ready to see something completely different.
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THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD

Postcard from Paris

In Paris to catch some culture? Here's our editor's suggestions on what to do in the city, what to see and where to eat. 

Opinion: A tale of three cities

Travel broadens the mind. It also opens the ears. For years, I was very happy to hear concerts in London… until I heard halls elsewhere.
MARCH THEME THE GRAND TOUR

Grand Tour interview series: Robert Howarth

Today we meet Robert Howarth who has led tours with many internationaly renowned ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Alpesh Chauhan: a young British conductor in Florence

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. 

Grand Tour interview series: Nicholas Kraemer

Following the European day of Early Music celebrated on 21st March, Bachtrack sets out this spring on a Grand Tour across Europe and beyond, to meet some of the most important period instrument performers and conductors. 

Grand Tour interview series: Aapo Häkkinen

Following the European day of Early Music celebrated on 21st March, Bachtrack sets out this spring on a Grand Tour across Europe and beyond. Today we meet Aapo Häkkinen, artistic director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.
RECENT ARTICLES AND PREVIEWS

Preview: Innsbruck Festival of Early Music at 40

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Innsbruck Early Music Festival. Entitled TragiCommedia, this year's festival celebrates the Light and Dark in early music with illustrious guests and a special anniversary treat.

Cutting edge: Holland Festival explores a wider Europe

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.

Preview: “If music be the food of love” - in Istanbul

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.

A new season dawns for Opera Holland Park

For seekers of rare operatic repertoire, the season announcement for Opera Holland Park is one of those red letter days.

LSO looking to the future: the Panufnik Composers Scheme

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.

Opinion: Juggling the role of artistic director and artist

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?

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! 
Bachtrack announces Classical Music Statistics for 2015: 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.