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Donatella Flick Conducting Competition 2016: Preparations

Nicole Wilson, previously a violinist in the LSO, will be guiding us through the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition 2016 with behind the scenes video shorts that will be published on Bachtrack as the competition is taking place. Here she introduces the competition for those not already familiar with it.
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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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Hollywood glamour in Dublin MA in Film Scoring

Christopher Young and other composers share the secrets of breaking into the world of film scoring. Pulse College Dublin offers a unique opportunity to study a MA in Film Scoring.
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Norma as Games of Thrones at Teatro Real

Livermore turns Norma into a dubious tribute to fantasy B-movies but Gregory Kunde and Karine Deshayes come to the rescue.
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Chéreau's Elektra arrives in Berlin

Evelyn Herlitzius and Adrianne Pieczonka are unsinkable in the the French director's final production, conducted with impressive symphonic sweep by Daniel Barenboim. 
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Pappano releases the shackles

Released from the incarceration of directorial prison walls, Fidelio can still make a most powerful impact on the concert platform.
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Nash Ensemble launches “Vienna and its Empire”

Spot on progamming makes for an uplifting experience with the Nash Ensemble in Mahler, Schoenberg and Schubert in Wigmore Hall.
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Mixed success for Leipzig's futuristic Turandot

Balisázs Kovalik's new dystopian Turandot is musically rousing but let down by a production that's more 1970s TV series than slick modern sci-fi. 
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Fantasy and nightmare: Rusalka at Komische Oper

Barrie Kosky's 2011 production confines the action of the opera to a stark white room. A fine ensemble of singers made for a successful evening.
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An awkwardly staged Guillaume Tell at the Met

Fabio Luisi conducts a solidly cast Guillaume Tell with panache, Rossini's final opera returning to the Metropolitan Opera after a long absence. 
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10 Top Tax Tips for UK Musicians

If you're a professional musician in the UK, there are things you need to understand about tax. Musician Specialist Accountant Andy Levett gives you his top tips.

10 Top Tips for a music career...without a win

Prominent international music competitions – no matter your opinion on them – share one invaluable prize in addition to the money: publicity.

Operalia reflections: Rosa Feola

October's themed month explores the world of international competitions through the eyes of some finalists of top competitions around the world. We continue our Operalia series with Rosa Feola, winner of the 2nd Prize, the Zarzuela Prize and the Audience Prize CulturArte Prize in 2010.

Operalia reflections: Angel Blue

We continue our Operalia series with Angel Blue, winner of the 2nd Prize and the Zarzuela Prize in 2009.

Operalia reflections: Joseph Calleja

We kick off our Operalia series with Joseph Calleja, winner of the CulturArte Prize in 1999.

Alison Balsom's tips on competitions

October's themed month explores the world of international competitions through the eyes of some finalists of top competitions around the world. We kick off with Alison Balsom, finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998.

From the Chairman of the Jury: Krijn Koetsveld

Early Music specialist Krijn Koetsveld has been a member of competition juries for over 30 years. He offers a perspective on competitions from the juror's chair. 

Barry Douglas tips on competitions

We continue our tips series with Barry Douglas, winner of the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1986. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.
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LAC: home to LuganoMusica and more

Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) is what German speakers have described as a Kulturpol. The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana calls this place home. So do no less than four other arts organisations.
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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.
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In the studio with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is in New York. Ahead of the première of her new work for the New York City Ballet, Bachtrack visits her in the studio during rehearsals. 
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Forging a Ring and new audiences in Hong Kong

Raff Wilson, Director of Artistic Planning of the Hong Kong Philharmonic offers valuable insights into his planning process ahead of the orchestra’s 2016-17 season.
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October Hot List: for members

Welcome to the October Hot List, where our editor highlights some of the tastiest events near you this month.
Make Bachtrack your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. You can search for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we publish each month across the world.


Bruckner: Symphony no. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

New York CityAngela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey

Bach: French Suites I - VI, BWV812 - 817
Angela Hewitt, Piano

LondonBach: A Family Affair

Bach C.P.E., Bach, Bach J.C.F., Bach W.F.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Ottavio Dantone

TokyoHerbert Blomstedt conducts Bamberger Symphoniker

Schubert, Beethoven
Bamberger Symphoniker; Herbert Blomstedt

GlasgowRunnicles Conducts Mahler 4

Mozart, Mahler
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Donald Runnicles; Carolyn Sampson

AmsterdamSpontini's Opera Olimpie

Spontini: Olimpie
Jérémie Rhorer; Karina Gauvin; Véronique Gens; Charles Castronovo; Andrew Foster-Williams

MarseilleAnna Bolena

Donizetti: Anna Bolena
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Zuzana Marková; Sonia Ganassi; Marion Lebègue; Carl Ghazarossian

MunichLa FavoriteNew production

Donizetti: La Favorite
Karel Mark Chichon; Amélie Niermeyer; Bavarian State Opera; Alexander Müller-Elmau; Kirsten Dephoff; Elīna Garanča; Matthew Polenzani

BrnoBéla Bartók – Bluebeard’s Castle, Arnold Schönberg – ExpectationNew production

Bartók, Schoenberg
Marko Ivanović; David Radok; Katarina Giotas; Anders Lorentzson; Katarina Karnéus

MunichLa Juive

Halévy: La Juive
Bertrand de Billy; Calixto Bieito; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Aleksandra Kurzak; Roberto Alagna

Postcard from New York City

New York City is so packed with delectable curiosities that its inhabitants are prone to cases of FOMO (fear of missing out). Reviewer Rebecca Lentjes is an insider. Read her tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.

Postcard from Berlin

From pearly music venues to countless architectural gems, vibrant Berlin is anything but staunchly Teutonic. Here's Clara Colotti's run-down.

Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.

Photo gallery: Utrecht

From strange musical instruments to sweet shops to churches and canals, here are some varied views of Utrecht.

Postcard from Zagreb

Zagreb is a gem of a city and feels in many ways like a mini-Vienna. Read Jonathan Sutherland's guide to what to do and see. 

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. 

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.

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 Peruvian in Oslo: Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Norwegian Radio Orchestra Chief Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya talks to us about Brahms, Schumann, touring and playing Latin American music in Norway (and Grieg, of course).
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Taking a creative lead in Dutch National’s new season

Last season was a great one for Dutch National Opera, which celebrated its 50th season with a string of accolades. How to build on success?
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Preview: Janáček Brno Festival and season

The festival presents Janáček's opera and other works in the context of others; if you can't catch it, there's plenty more in the Janáček Opera NTB's regular season.
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Opera North: Drama and fairytale

A set of three dramatic operas is followed in 2017 by three new productions of fairytale operas, including a rare chance to hear Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden. 
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Baroque winter sunshine in Malta

With your choice of instrumental, ensemble, choral and operatic concerts, Valletta in January is the perfect place to hear great music in lovely surroundings and beat the winter blues.
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Love triangles and secret grottos

Munich is one of the top European destinations for opera tourists. It’s not difficult to see why. The Staatsoper's season is built around six new opera productions at the Nationaltheater, ranging from Rossini to Schreker. 
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A human voice: the Cello Unwrapped

The warmth and human-like quality to the cello’s timbre features strongly as King’s Place turns the spotlight on this most soulful of instruments.
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Preparing for the Proms: Alisa Kolosova

Russian mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosova makes her BBC Proms debut next Friday… and Proms debuts don’t come much bigger than Verdi’s Requiem. We caught up with here ahead of the big day. 
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Attentive listening at altitude

I’ve just spent three days at the Verbier Festival, immersing in chamber music performances at various mountainside locations 1500metres above sea level. I don’t listen to anywhere near as much chamber music in London when I’m home. I’m never in the right headspace.
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Ice and magma: Nordic focus for Tortelier

A focus on Nordic composers, including Anna Thorvaldsdottir, marks Yan Pascal Tortelier’s first season at the helm in Iceland.
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Mozart's Idomeneo: a step of evolution in Göteborg

Idomeneo is still something of a 'Cinderella' among Mozart's operas, yet Graham Vick is about to direct it for the third time. What draws him back to it?
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Opéra de Dijon's new season

The Opéra de Dijon's 2016/7 season has an opera programme that strays further from the beaten track than ever, with a couple of notable dance performances and an American flavour infusing the extensive concert programme.
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Art and classical music in Tokyo

Tokyo's array of culture is so extensive and diverse that it can bewilder a first time visitor. Here's our guide to how to start enjoying one of the world's great artistic cities.
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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. 

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.