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
Internationale Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe
February 17 - Mar. 5 2017
Savonlinna Opera Festival
July 7 - Aug. 4 2017
European Day of Early Music
March 21 2017
Hong Kong Arts Festival
February 16 - Mar. 18 2017
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ARTICLES

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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
Valletta

A historical curiosity in Valletta: Atys en Folie

The opera parody Atys en Folie created for the Valletta International Baroque festival is an interesting historical curiosity, but the genre's very specific brand of humour doesn't appeal to everyone.
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. 
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Valletta

Lessons in sin from the Dunedin Consort

Meditations from the Bach family on the human condition in "Cantatas for the soul" performed by the Dunedin Consort in Ta Giezu Church at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
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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.
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Valletta

A celebratory Te Deum for Malta

A thrilling programme of church music for the French court by du Mont and Charpentier, performed by Ensemble Correspondances.
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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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