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Baroque Inquisition: Rinaldo Alessandrini

The prolific recording artist and founder of Concerto Italiano answers our questions about Monteverdi and other music of the period.

Dream of the Red Chamber Journeys Across the Pacific

Behind the scenes at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, as a new opera co-production with San Francisco Opera, Dream of the Red Chamber, ships in. 

Conversation with Ashley Bouder

Ashley Bouder is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming program for the Ashley Bouder Project. It is an all-women choreographers program, and the composers are also specially commissioned.
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi

Read our wide-ranging interview about Monteverdi's operas, their cultural context, performing them today and why they remain as contemporary and fresh as when they were written four centuries ago.
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Pinchgut Opera: a rare compounding of age and youth

As far as you can get from opera's birthplace, a small company leads the way in exploring the repertoire of its early years.

L'Arpeggiata founder Christina Pluhar

Christina talks about improvisation, her passion for unusual voice types, combining early music with jazz and traditional styles, and more.
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Top Six Women Baroque Composers

Following the example of Rebecca Lentjes’ January feature “Top Ten Living Women Composers”, I have made my pick of women composers of the Baroque period in celebration of International Women’s Day.

A Monteverdi Odyssey: B'Rock Orchestra

Ahead of their tour of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, starting at Klarafestival, B'Rock's general director Hendrik Storme tells us about this very international young orchestra, Monteverdi's masterpiece and working with René Jacobs.
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Photo gallery: Baroque theatres you should see

Feast your eyes on this marvellous collection of Europe's surviving baroque theatres.

Celebration time! All systems go for the European Day of Early Music

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.
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Classical Music in Latvia in 2017

From the Early Music Festival to contemporary opera, we guide you through what Latvia has to offer this year.

A strong new season presented by Zurich Opera

At Zurich Opera, Andreas Homoki, the Intendant since 2012, and Music Director Fabio Luisi have built a strong season, with a range of new productions unveiled for 2017-18

Bringing world culture to Oman’s doorstep

There’s no doubt Royal Opera House Muscat likes to do things in style. Director General Umberto Fanni explains the progress of what he proudly calls “the most exciting new opera house in the world”.

Theatrical feast: Hipermestra at Glyndebourne

This year's festival opens with the most lavish work of an exceptionally important composer. So why has it languished unperformed for so long?
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Telemann: your faithful music teacher

Jane guides you through Der getreue Music-Meister, Telemann's treasure trove of pieces for amateur musicians of every description.
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Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2017

The 41st Festival focuses on the voice, with a myriad of operatic, sacred and secular offerings, as well as a sprinkling of notable instrumental concerts.

Baroque and Early Music Festivals: the 2017 guide

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.

Michael Chance on the new Grange Festival

Michael Chance tells us about planned improvements to the festival-going experience and tells us about the operas that will form part of the new festival.

Wigglesworth: Throwing paint at the canvas

In rehearsals at ENO, Ryan Wigglesworth discusses his first opera The Winter's Tale which opens on 27th February. 

From Crumb to Kaufmann: Holland Festival 2017 revealed

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. 
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.
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March 2017 Hot List: For members only

Here is your March 2017 Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (42 pages!) on '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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Barcelona: the best of music, art and food

We take you on a quick spin round Barcelona's magnificently rebuilt opera house, world class concerts, the architecture of Gaudí, the art of Miró, Picasso, Casas – with some tips for the gastronomic scene.

AmsterdamNelsons conducts Shostakovich's 11th and Prokofiev

Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Yefim Bronfman

BrugesRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Rachmaninov, Debussy, Vaughan Williams
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Nelson Goerner

RigaSacred Chants. Time before Easter.

Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75
Pēteris Vaickovskis; Latvian Radio Choir; Lāsma Meldere Šestakova; Zane Grosa; Ainārs Paukšēns

LondonNew York Philharmonic: Symphonie Fantastique

Beethoven, Adams, Berlioz
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Gilbert; Frank Huang; Sheryl Staples; Cynthia Phelps; Carter Brey

Los AngelesDomingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program 10th Anniversary

LA Opera Orchestra; Plácido Domingo; Sondra Radvanovsky; Diana Damrau; Nicolas Testé

MunichAndrea ChénierNew production

Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Omer Meir Wellber; Philipp Stölzl; Bavarian State Opera; Heike Vollmer; Anke Winckler; Jonas Kaufmann; Luca Salsi


Tchaikovsky: Onegin
John Cranko; Dutch National Ballet; Ermanno Florio; Dutch Ballet Orchestra

DijonIl ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Country), SV 325
Emmanuelle Haïm; Mariame Clément; Opéra de Dijon; Julia Hansen; Rolando Villazón; Magdalena Kožená

BerlinSorochyntsy FairNew Production

Mussorgsky: Sorochyntsy Fair
Henrik Nánási; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz

ZürichWertherNew production

Massenet: Werther
Cornelius Meister; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Juan Diego Flórez; Anna Stéphany
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Death be not proud: Stutzmann conducts Strauss and Mozart

Reflections on mortality provided by the French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in two works by Richard Strauss and Mozart.
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Il turco in Italia puts ashore in Bergen

Mark Lamos' staging is a riot of colour and movement; George Souglides gives us a masterclass in costumery; fine Italian singing illuminates this Norwegian première for Rossini's madcap Il turco in Italia.
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High intensity from the Brodsky Quartet

Viennese classics from the Brodsky Quartet in Leamington Spa. 
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Nagasaki comes to Bedfordshire

Welsh National Opera brings its 1978 production of Madama Butterfly to Milton Keynes.  
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Reflecting Brahms’ translucency through crystal prisms

The increasingly effulgent conductor filtered Brahms’ tone through a chandelier of variously-shaped orchestral figures.
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“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

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.

A wealth of new productions at DNO

DNO unveils an astonishing eleven new productions next season – either completely new or co-productions which are new to Amsterdam  – with just three revivals.

Ferruccio Furlanetto on a lifetime with Philip II

The great Italian bass talks about his relationship with Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, and about other seminal roles.

Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.

Strong women, big voices at LA Opera

Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. It attracts star singers and the second half of its season features some big female voices taking on some of opera’s strong women.

Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.

Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

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. 

Creating opera roles: Stéphane Degout

With two new role creations in progress, baritone Stéphane Degout will be back this summer to the Aix Festival for the world première of Pinocchio. He talks to us about the process of creating new opera roles.
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The Castle in the Water: a new work for Savonlinna

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”.

The Wiener Staatsoper's Live at Home

The Vienna State Opera's subscription service offers 45 live broadcasts a year for a monthly fee. The intention is to foster in your home a sense of the live occasion, as distinct from the mere provision of a video library.

Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

No cookie cutter soprano: Joyce El-Khoury

Joyce El-Khoury discusses her long-awaited Covent Garden debut and the role Violetta has played in her career. 

A Turkish première for Der Rosenkavalier

Every season the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra puts on an operatic performance to honour Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer. Sascha Goetzel explains why this year they're performing Der Rosenkavalier

Kate Lindsey on Così fan tutte in Aix

For mezzo-sopranos, playing boys comes with the job. Kate Lindsey is no different, but it's the –very feminine – role of Dorabella we spend much time discussing. 

Operatic worlds collide in Linz

This spring the Austrian city of Linz is encompassing the world. Or rather worlds: worlds of celestial harmony and of dreams characterise two operas being mounted by Landestheater Linz.

Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.

“Not a political composer": John Adams

Taking time out from working on his new opera, Girls of the Golden West, which premières in San Francisco later this year, we spoke to John Adams about politics, Scheherazade.2 and where he sees the future for classical music.

Keeping the Boulez spirit alive

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?

A guide to contemporary music festivals

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.
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Top 10 Living Women Composers

According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. 

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. 

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 sense of theatre: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano reflects on recent performances of Fidelio and Norma and how his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved and the difficulties staging Verdi.

Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 

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.

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.
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This is Rattle: LSO new season

It’s been the most hotly anticipated arrival in British classical music for years. Sir Simon Rattle takes up his post as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra with a refreshing season programme. 

Gergiev tops Bachtrack’s 2016 classical statistics

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.
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A weekend at Barcelona's Liceu

Of all European cities, one of the best for a weekend break has to be Barcelona. Head there in May and you can soak up a wonderful weekend at the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.

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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Brussels, a dance capital

The Brussels Dance! Festival not only gives an insight into the dance riches of the city, but also into the many creative spaces and unique theatres of Brussels. 
Bachtrack announces Classical Music Statistics for 2016: 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.