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Guide to Live Classical Music, Concerts and Opera in Italy

Here is the page where you can discover the best classical music events taking place in Italy. Whether you are looking for concerts, opera or dance, at Bachtrack you can browse upcoming events all over the Bel paese, from up in the Dolomites to beautiful Martina Franca, Apulia. You can also enjoy our reviews from past events. You will find reviews from Italy in either English, Italian and French!
February 2018
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Netrebko headlines new La Scala season

Riccardo Chailly at La Scala © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Few opera singers capture the public imagination like Anna Netrebko. And there are few more glittering occasions in the opera calendar than the opening night of the season at the Teatro alla Scala.

The Varied Sounds of the Dolomites

Val di Fassa - Col Margherita - Ezio Bosso and Italian Cello Consort © Fototeca Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A. | Foto di Daniele Lira
Taking place every summer in Trentino, the Sounds of the Dolomites festival combines music and nature like never before.

Italian music festivals: As prolific as pasta!

La Foce gardens © Incontri in Terra d Siena
Italy has such an abundance of la dolce vita musicale it can be overwhelming, especially in the long, languid summer months when music-lovers, culture-cognoscenti and garrulous gourmands alike can savour the best of what this extraordinary country has to offer.

Postcard from Palermo

For an opera lover, the highlight of a visit to Palermo is the giant Teatro Massimo, in its day the third largest opera house in Europe (after the Palais Garnier in Paris and the Staatsoper in Vienna).

Postcard from Noto

Loggione in the Teatro Communale Vittorio Emanuele
Noto is a hill town some 30 km south of Syracuse. While most towns in the environs show a strong Greek influence - the magnificent cathedral in Syracuse itself is a converted temple to Athene - Noto was flattened by an earthquake in 1693 and completely rebuilt, so it's considered one of the great places of baroque architecture in Sicily.

Carlo Rizzi’s view from the pit

Carlo Rizzi © Tessa Traeger
Carlo Rizzi's talks about directors, audiences and the art of conducting Italian opera ahead of a busy spring schedule.

Anna Bonitatibus on Rossini

Anna Bonitatibus © Frank Bonitatibus
Anna Bonitatibus talks about the composer dearest to her heart, Rossini: his operas, his false modesty and the challenges of singing his music.

Italian Cinema and the age of Nino Rota

Rota's film scores repeatedly found the right colour against which his directors' images could dazzle.
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MilanSimon Boccanegra

Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Myung-whun Chung; Federico Tiezzi; Teatro alla Scala; Pier Paolo Bisleri; Giovanna Buzzi; Leo Nucci; Krassimira Stoyanova

RomeBrahms, Bernstein

Brahms, Bernstein
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Sir Antonio Pappano; Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Voci Bianche dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Kyung Wha Chung; Nadine Sierra

ModenaLa fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West
James Meena; Ivan Stefanutti; Teatro comunale di Modena; Amarilli Nizza; Enrique Ferrer

MilanOrphée et Eurydice

Orphée et Eurydice
Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice
Michele Mariotti; John Fulljames; Teatro alla Scala; Conor Murphy; Juan Diego Flórez; Christiane Karg

MilanChailly conducts Mahler 3

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Filarmonica della Scala; Riccardo Chailly; Gerhild Romberger; Coro del Teatro alla Scala; Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala

ModenaIl Dittico

Teatro comunale di Modena; Elizabeth Hertzberg; Julija Samsonova-Khayet; Marily Santoro; Roxana Herrera Díaz
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Chung's Simon Boccanegra is worth a watch

Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
If Chung is sometimes hailed as the greatest living conductor of Verdi, here was a performance to support that claim.
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Filarmonica della Scala soars in Brahms 2

Myung-whun Chung and Leonidas Kavakos © Silvia Lelli
With Chung on the podium, the Filarmonica played with a spontaneity that brought Brahms' restless music to life.
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La Fenice's superb new Widow is always Merry, even without sequins and ostrich feathers

Christoph Pohl (Count Danilo) © Michele Crosera
Damiano Michieletto's new production in Venice sets the operetta in the 1950s. 
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Michieletto's controversial Guillaume Tell resurfaces in Palermo

Roberto Frontali (Guillaume Tell) © Rosellina Garbo
At its 2015 inauguration at the Royal Opera House, a controversial rape scene in Act 3 drew outrage from the audience and critics alike. Now the Teatro Massimo is presenting the production once again.
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Fledermaus debuts at La Scala but misses some sparkle

Act 3, Die Fledermaus © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The Temple of Opera has opened its doors to operetta. For the first time the Teatro alla Scala is staging Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.
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Vick and Mariotti refresh Bohème in Bologna

Alessandra Marianelli (Mimì) and Matteo Lippi (Rodolfo) © Rocco Casaluci
Vick enjoys working with young singers, and in with the young second cast he is spoiled.
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