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
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
July 3 - 22 2017
Glyndebourne Festival
May 20 - Aug. 26 2017
Savonlinna Opera Festival
July 7 - Aug. 4 2017
Holland Festival
June 3 - 25 2017
BRQ Vantaa Festival
August 6 - 13 2017
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ARTICLES

Travels: the 2017 BRQ Vantaa Festival

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Artistic Director of BRQ Vantaa Festival, gives us a taste of the 2017 Festival; David gives you a taste of travelling to Vantaa and Helsinki.

“Unusual": the 45th Istanbul Music Festival

Now in its 45th year, the Istanbul Music Festival embraces and celebrates an extraordinary city, bringing together Turkey’s musical heritage with music from around the world.

Guide to Opera Festivals 2017

Opera with the stars or under the stars? Country house picnics or rare repertoire in smaller venues? Our 2017 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!

Opera under the stars at Festival d'Aix

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.

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?

Summer music and opera in France

In July and August, Parisians flee the city to the provinces, where stunning landscapes and hundreds of music festivals await them. We explore the rich diversity.
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Postcard from Wrocław

The hardest task facing foreign visitors to the fascinating Polish city of Wrocław is how to pronounce it. 

Postcard from Bergen

A quick tour around the fjords, medieval buildings, art and music of Norway's second city - and perhaps the world's most beautifully set recital hall, at the Edvard Grieg Museum.

Postcard from Dublin

Situated on the sea, Dublin has a rich cultural past and a lively social scene making for a very pleasant visitation. Just don't forget to pack the umbrella! 
REVIEWS
Karlsruhe

Heroines of antiquity in Karlsruhe

Anna Bonitatibus provides an object lesson in compelling Baroque singing with a concert featuring "Heroines of Antiquity"
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Oslo

Mozart closes the Oslo Church Music Festival

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort closed the Oslo Church Music Festival with fine performances of CPE Bach and Mozart, even though the concert didn't prove quite as innovative as advertised.
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Karlsruhe

Music for the Angels: Dixit Dominus and others at Karlsruhe

Excellent choral concert for Handel Festival at Karlsruhe, featuring works by Vivaldi and Handel, which also highlight up-and-coming countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. 
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Hong Kong

Grandeur and opulence in Oslo Phil's Rachmaninov

The Oslo Philharmonic offers a spirited interpretation of fine nuance and a sense of grandeur and opulence in Rachmaninov's Second Symphony. 
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Hong Kong

Asia Pacific Dance Platform

Two experimental dance companies from Turkey and Australia brought intriguing, cerebral work to the Hong Kong Arts Festival. 
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Hong Kong

Bauhaus comes to the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Oskar Schlemmer's arresting designs for The Triadic Ballet proved one of several high points in Bayerisches Staatsballett II's mixed bill at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. 
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