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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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Bachtrack Hot List: for members only

Welcome to the August Hot List, where our editor highlights some of the tastiest events near you this month.
August 2016
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Queue Jumping: Promming for Martha

I knew Martha Argerich’s Prom with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra would be long sold out, but the intrepid ticket ninja in me hoped that a return may have sprung up on the website. It was then I stumbled upon this year’s wheeze.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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UtrechtFestive opening concert: San Marco Vespers

Rosenmüller: Vespers
Gli Angeli Genève; Stephan MacLeod

LondonProm 54: Collegium Vocale Gent and the Budapest Festival Orchestra

Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer; Ákos Ács; Lucy Crowe; Barbara Kozelj; Jeremy Ovenden

EssenMartha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim

Martha Argerich; Daniel Barenboim

MeranoCzech Philharmonic Orchestra on Tour

Ligeti, Mozart, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek; Hilary Hahn

StockholmSalonen and Wang

Bartók, Messiaen
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Yuja Wang

GlyndebourneA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jakub Hrůša; Peter J. Hall; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Jeremy Bines; John Bury; Liz Bury; Tim Mead

BerlinRoméo et Juliette

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette
Stéphane Denève; Sasha Waltz; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Thomas Schenk; Bernd Skodzig; Sasha Waltz & Guests; Ronnita Miller

Santa FeDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
John Nelson; Ron Daniels; Santa Fe Opera; Riccardo Hernandez; Emily Rebholz; Daniel Okulitch; Leah Crocetto

RigaIl barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Modestas Pitrenas; Latvian National Opera; Ieva Kaulina; Kristīne Pasternaka; Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča; Evija Martinsone

UtrechtMonteverdi: Tancredi e Clorinda

Monteverdi: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Cantar Lontano; Marco Mencoboni; Elisabetta Gardini; Francesca Lombardi-Mazzulli

Latest news on BBC Proms

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Riccardo Muti works his magic in Salzburg

The Vienna Philharmonic may have loathed Bruckner in the past, but are today unparalleled interpreters of his music.
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Mariinsky Rheingold a promising start to EIF Ring

Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Opera in a vocally strong Das Rheingold, a promising beginning to Edinburgh International Festival’s Ring in concert over the coming years.
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Pan-European spirit in Bolzano

London: a truly European city, a magnet for talented musicians, was brought alive by the European Union Baroque Orchestra at the Bolzano Festival in Italy.
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Oramo doesn't rock the boat in Mahler

An enterprising programme featuring a rare Haydn symphony, a new work by Charlotte Bray and Mahler 5, played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo and with Guy Johnston as cello soloist.
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Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season

Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season starts with a new production of La traviata, ends with the world première of Levente Gyöngyösi’s The Master and Margarita and spans a wide range of everything in between.
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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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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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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.
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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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The European Elgar takes the Bournemouth limelight

Elgar is placed at the heart of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s programming next season, putting him very much into a European context.

Being European: they can't take that away from me

Culture and Europe are intertwined and far the richer for it. The personal desires of UK politicians must not separate us from the mainland and the rich cultural exchange we currently enjoy.
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Sunrise to sunset over Bodrum

From breakfast concerts at sunrise to a recital at sunset, with cookery in between, there’s always time for music in Bodrum.
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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. 
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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.

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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