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Classical Music and Opera Festivals 2016-2017,
Your guide

Our 2016 - 2017 classical music and opera festival guide is the perfect place to find listings from some of the best festivals in the UK, Europe and around the world. Whether you're looking for big festivals like the BBC Proms, opera festivals in beautiful castles or small and intimate chamber music festivals - we've got them all!
FEATURED FESTIVALS
Valletta Baroque Festival
January 12 - 28 2017
Winter Park Bach Festival
February 17 - Mar. 7 2017
Savonlinna Opera Festival
July 7 - Aug. 4 2017
Mozartwoche Salzburg
January 26 - Feb 5 2017
Hong Kong Arts Festival
February 16 - Mar. 18 2017
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ARTICLES

Malta International Music Festival 2017

The concert programme for the 2017 Malta International Music Festival runs for ten days, from 21st to 30th April. But there is no question as to which is the star draw: on Saturday 29th, Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will be performing in Malta for the first time.

Biblical epics the stars of the 2017 Handel Halle Festival

Every year, Halle honours one of its favourite sons – composer Georg Friedrich Händel, who was born there in 1685. The Handel Halle Festival takes place from the end of May until early June and attracts the top Baroque performers from all over the globe.

Preview: HK Arts Festival 2017

The 2017 Hong Kong Arts Festival features specialists in a wide variety of forms and a sampling of the eclectic: music from Monteverdi to Gainsbourg and African kora, dance from classical to Pina Bausch, opera from Janáček.

Preview: the 2017 Prague Spring Festival

The 2017 Prague Spring Festival spans time and genre, with a multiplicity of top orchestral and chamber performers, both Czech and international.

Brett Dean and Beethoven rub shoulders in Hong Kong

Australian composer Brett Dean’s compositions appear in the 8th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival next January, where he is composer-in-residence.

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.
REVIEWS
Janáček Brno Festival

Outstanding Bluebeard in Brno

David Radok links two expressionist works, Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Schoenberg's Erwartung, to the advantage of the Bartók.
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Cervantino Festival

Quixotic resplendence in Mexico

From Strauss's tone poem to Telemann's instrumental suite, Don Quixote's winning fantasy has captured the imagination of composers through the ages. 
****1
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Janáček Brno Festival

Jenůfa breaks hearts in Brno

In Brno, Janáček's home, at the theatre and festival that bear his name, Jenůfa receives a performance with all the musical and dramatic intensity you might wish for.
****1
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Cervantino Festival

Spanish flavours at the Cervantino

Tonight's concert featured an international array of artists, but was held together with a heavy dose of Spanish flavour.
****1
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Janáček Brno Festival

Viktor Ullmann's The Fall of the Antichrist

Viktor Ullmann's scarily prescient anti-fascist work has great music but can be confusing; Moravian Theatre Olomouc's production is marred by poor balance between orchestra and voices.
**111
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Oxford Lieder Festival

Gerhaher launches Oxford Lieder Festival

High Romance in a small Midlands town: the Oxford Lieder Festival opening concert launches an enticing series.
*****
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