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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Germany

March 2018
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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Berlin

© visitberlin | Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
© visitberlin | Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
There are so many classical music events taking place in the German Hauptstadt, that there is always something for you, no matter what you enjoy. From orchestral to free chamber performances at the Philharmonie, repertoire works or avant-garde experimental music, you'll find all in Berlin thanks to its many high profile venues and more underground stages. Check our calendar and use our event finder not to miss any concerts, opera or ballet performances; tonight, this weekend or the forthcoming month. Our latest reviews will let you know everything about what’s going on, providing you with a classical echo of charming Berlin.

Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Baden-Baden

© Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH
© Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH
Known as the "Summer Capital of Europe", Baden-Baden combines Mediterranean flair with the elegance of the Belle Epoque and the cosmopolitanism of a major city. With its elegant flair and stylish way of life, Baden-Baden is perfect for those who like to unwind and enjoy the good things in life.

Under the bonnet of the ARD Competition

Prizewinners of the 2016 ARD Competition © Daniel Delang
Not just one but four: the 2018 ARD Competition is for Voice, Viola, Trumpet and PianoTrio. Artistic Directors Oswald Beaujean and Meret Forster give us the inside view.

Alice Sara Ott: Music can’t be perfection

Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
“It’s a waste of time if you just sit there and move your fingers for the sake of practising.” Alice Sara Ott tells us about her distinctive approach to life as a pianist.

Tabea Zimmermann: appetite for the new

Tabea Zimmermann © Marco Borggreve
We caught up with renowned violist Tabea Zimmermann to talk about the Beethoven-Woche, her approach to teaching, and what keeps her going after over 30 years in the limelight.

Postcard from Berlin

The Nikolaiviertel district © Manecke | Wikicommons
From pearly music venues to countless architectural gems, vibrant Berlin is anything but staunchly Teutonic. Here's Clara Colotti's run-down.

Baden-Baden, past and present

Trinkhalle © Christoph Wurzel
Berlioz and Brahms, Bartoli and Rattle: Names from Baden-Baden's rich musical history and names that grace the festival city's musical life today. Past and present – in Baden-Baden one often flows into the other.
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Bavarian State Opera

munich © David Karlin
© David Karlin
Look here to find out everything - from upcoming events to latest reviews - about the Bavarian State Opera.

Deutsche Oper Berlin

deutsche oper © Leo Seidel
© Leo Seidel
Visiting Berlin? How about spending an unforgettable evening at the Deutsche Oper ...
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DresdenWonderful Town

Bernstein: Wonderful Town
Peter Christian Feigel; Matthias Davids; Staatsoperette Dresden; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Judith Peter

MunichMeisterkonzert im Herkulessaal

Meisterkonzert im Herkulessaal
Beethoven, Dvořák
Residenz Solisten

BerlinCancelled / Abgesagt!! Symphony concert 5: Michael Francis, Katia & Marielle Labèque

© Umberto Nicoletti
Brahms, Mozart, Schoenberg
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Michael Francis; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

BremenLeonard Bernstein at 100 – Eine Geburtstagsgala

Bremer Philharmoniker; Chor des Theater Bremen

MunichAnna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Rachmaninov: Anna Karenina
Christian Spuck; Bavarian State Ballet; Jörg Zielinski; Emma Ryott; Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
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Neuenfels' bloodless Salome in Berlin

Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Hans Neuenfels new Salome proves a strangely non-committal affair at the Staatsoper, but Thomas Guggeis conducts impressively.
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
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Waseda Symphony at the Elbphilharmonie

Kazufumi Yamashita © Miura Koichi
The remarkable youth orchestra that is the Waseda Symphony from Tokyo performs a programme of western Romantic music conducted by Kazufumi Yamashita together with a knockout contemporary Japanese work.
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Harding reaches the heights with the Berlin Phil

Daniel Harding conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker in Eine Alpensinfonie © Stephan Rabold
Schubert song orchestrations with Gerald Finley are not wholly convincing, but the Berliner's virtuosity sweeps all before it in Strauss's Alpensinfonie.
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