Classical Music and Opera Festivals 2017-2018,
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 13 - 27 2018
Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival
January 19 - 28 2017
Mozartwoche Salzburg
Jan. 26 - Feb. 4 2018
Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad
Jan. 26 - Feb. 3 2018
Beethoven Week Bonn
January 19 - 28 2018
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ARTICLES

Rare gems and Baroque giants in Valletta

For five editions now, the island of Malta has played host to the Valletta International Baroque Festival, bringing together the Baroque beauty of venues in the capital city with the best music from the period. 

A day at the Palace – not Buckingham, but Rundāle in Latvia

Good music is good music no matter where it comes from or when it was written. For 23 years, the International Early Music Festival in Riga proves the point with sold-out seasons leaving legions music-loving locals clamouring for more. 

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!

Giovanni Antonini takes the reins at Wratislavia Cantans Festival

Giovanni Antonini's latest challenge is the Artistic Directorship of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław Poland, intending to raise its profile on the European scene.

From Russia to Cardiff: Russian Revolution in Wales

As we hurtle towards October and the centenary of the Russian Revolution, 18 organisations in Wales have banded together in a show of artistic muscle to mark the anniversary. 

Jonathan Crow takes the reins in Toronto

This year’s edition of the Toronto Summer Music (TSM) marks two milestones: along with a celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, it will inaugurate Jonathan Crow’s tenure as new Artistic Director. Crow, 40, is an internationally acclaimed violinist who has served as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2011.
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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 Valldemossa, Majorca

The site of Chopin and George Sand's unhappy winter – still containing Chopin's Pleyel "pianino" – makes for a delightful short visit.

Postcard from St Petersburg

With great music, exceptional palaces and unique architecture, if you have any pretensions to knowing the great cities of the world, Saint Petersburg just has to be on your bucket list.
REVIEWS
Bayreuth

Musically sublime, packed with ideas

The label “most opera directors” does *not* apply to Barrie Kosky, who makes his Bayreuth debut with a Meistersinger that pulls no punches.
*****
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Stockholm

Rex tremendae majestatis: Stravinsky at the Baltic Sea Festival

Peter Sellars's much-travelled staging of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex provided a powerful opening for the 15th Baltic Sea Festival under the festival's artistic director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
****1
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London

Bychkov and the BBCSO revive some rare Russians

Lesser known works by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky rubbed shoulders with a real rarity from Taneyev.
***11
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Edinburgh

De Keersmaeker brings Rain to Edinburgh

At the Edinburgh Playhouse, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her dance company Rosas present Rain, set to the music of minimalist composer Steve Reich, for the Edinburgh International Festival.
***11
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Salzburg

Netrebko triumphs as Aida

Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
****1
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Grafenegg

Diana Damrau almost dazzles at the Grafenegg Festival

Diana Damrau performs Mozart and Strauss at the Grafenegg Festival, located about an hour’s drive from Vienna.
***11
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