Last week, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša was appointed as one of two new Principal Guest Conductors of the Philharmonia Orchestra from the 2017/18 season. Before the announcement, Jakub talked to us about his experience working with the orchestra thus far and about Smetana’s Má vlast which he conducts next season.
New productions, including a stellar Parsifal starring Kaufmann and Gerhaher, mix with the standard rich repertory pickings in the Bavarian capital
Summer sends audiences scurrying all over Europe for their operatic fix. Glyndebourne and a whole host of imitators dominate the English country house scene, or you may head for Savonlinna’s Finnish castle, or the glitz and glamour of Salzburg. But one destination in South France draws the connoisseurs: Aix-en-Provence.
Pick of the bunch...
Welcome to your April Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (36 pages!) on Bachtrack's 'What's On' section. The listings should begin with your 'home' city – if you have set one as your most usual concert/opera-going city. You can also select other cities as your favourites, so that these should appear next on the list.
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Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Enrique Mazzola
Mozart, Strauss R.
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim; Kian Soltani; Yulia Deyneka
Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Bernard Labadie; Andrew Wan; Brian Manker; François-Frédéric Guy
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Orquesta de Valencia; Yaron Traub; Ricarda Merbeth; Julia Novikova; Ofèlia Sala; Theresa Kronthaler
Scriabin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider; Sergej Krylov
Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Christopher Wheeldon; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Nicholas Wright; Bob Crowley; Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Messiaen, Woolf, Britten, Vinter
Alexei Watkins; Unknown
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Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Henrik Schaefer; Rikard Bergqvist; Göteborg Opera; Tomas Sjöstedt; Johan Schinkler; Adam Frandsen
Britten: Death in Venice
Donald Runnicles; Graham Vick; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Stuart Nunn; Richard Croft; Seth Carico; Tai Oney
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Matthew Toogood; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Katharina Tasch; Alexander Koppelmann
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Ingo Metzmacher; Matthias Hartmann; Vienna State Opera; Volker Hintermeier; Su Bühler; Eva-Maria Westbroek; Brandon Jovanovich
Puccini: La rondine
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Rolando Villazón; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Johannes Leiacker; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Dinara Alieva; Alexandra Hutton
Cornelius Meister; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Juan Diego Flórez; Anna Stéphany
James Conlon; John Caird; LA Opera; Grant Gershon; Bunny Christie; Sondra Radvanovsky
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Long climbs often provide the best views. The Adagio second movement of Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony bears the tempo marking Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam… and it is very solemn and very slow indeed.
A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera's Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect production.
At the Barbican last night, Gerald Finley, John Adams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra combined to deliver the heaviest operatic punch I’ve been subjected to all year.
Luis Buñuel's derision at the sense of entitlement of over-privileged, self-righteous prigs shines through a high quality operatic adaptation.
A disappointing extract from Smetana's Má vlast was redeemed by a refreshingly clear performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto and a characterful account of Holst's The Planets.
A concert marked by stylish playing that brought fresh colour to Debussy, virtuosity to Bartók and energy to Bruckner.
Pounding the 26 miles from Greenwich Park to The Mall wasn't the only marathon in London today. At Milton Court, Peter Donohoe ran his own marathon, tackling all ten sonatas by Alexander Scriabin.
Whether you're looking for Handel, Bach, Monteverdi, Telemann or mix of all of these; whether you like your Baroque music in a grand palace, an intimate chapel or a state-of-the-art concert hall, our 2017 roundup has something for you.
As far as you can get from opera's birthplace, a small company leads the way in exploring the repertoire of its early years.
NEW SEASON PREVIEWS
FEBRUARY FOCUS ON OPERA
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.
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.
News: world première...
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”.
CONTEMPORARY MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
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.
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?
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.
RECENT ARTICLES AND PREVIEWS
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.
How best to celebrate Johan Sebastian Bach's birthday and the arrival of spring? Don't miss the European Early Music Day, organised by REMA on 21st March at venues across Europe.