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Classical Music and Opera Festivals 2017-2018,
Your guide

Our 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
Country:
France
Dates:
July 4th - 24th, 2018
Category:
Opera
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Savonlinna Opera Festival
Country:
Finland
Dates:
July 6th - August 4th, 2018
Category:
Opera
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Glyndebourne Festival
Country:
UK
Dates:
May 19th - August 26th, 2018
Category:
Opera
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Internationale Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe
Country:
Germany
Dates:
February 16th - March 2nd, 2018
Category:
Baroque
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Göttingen International Handel Festival
Country:
Germany
Dates:
May 10th - 21st, 2018
Category:
Baroque
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New Music Dublin
Country:
Ireland
Dates:
March 1st - 4th, 2018
Category:
Contemporary
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ARTICLES

Baroque experimentalism at Oranjewoud Festival

Musica Sequenza © Sophie Schwarzenberger
Oranjewoud Festival in Friesland, the Netherlands, tempers envelope-pushing with tradition. 

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

Marléne Keine and Mihail Chulpaev in Wonderful Pearl © Didzis Grodzs
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. 

Passing on the baton: Cho-Liang Lin

Cho-Liang Lin © Sophie Zha
Guided and inspired by the great Dorothy DeLay, Cho-Liang Lin encourages his own students to enter as many competitions as possible to prepare them for future challenges.

Opera Festival highlights for Summer 2018

Glyndebourne © Mark Pullinger
Country opera house picnics, floating stages and opera under the French stars. Our 2018 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!

Tannhäuser, Tristan, Der Ring: Ádám Fischer talks Wagner

Ádám Fischer © Szilvia Csibi | Müpa Budapest
At the 2018 Budapest Wagner Days, the festival's creator will conduct Tannhäuser and Tristan und Isolde. He talks to us about what makes stagings of those operas tick, about Müpa and about the renewed Ring for 2019.

Foreign Worlds explored at the Handel Halle Festival

Handel, by Louis-François Roubiliac © Wikicommons
The Handel Festival Halle this year is programmed under the title “Foreign Worlds”, reflecting not only the cultural influences he drew from his travels abroad, but his fascination with distant lands. 
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Postcard from Wrocław

Old Town Hall © Urząd Miejski Wrocławia Biuro Promocji Miasta i Turystyki
The hardest task facing foreign visitors to the fascinating Polish city of Wrocław is how to pronounce it. 

Postcard from Valldemossa, Majorca

Chopin's Piano © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
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

The Bronze Horseman - Peter the Great © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
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

Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser) © Enrico Nawrath
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

Joseph Kaiser (Oedipus) © Arne Hyckenberg
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

Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
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

Rain © Anne Van Aerschot
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

Anna Netrebko (Aida) © Salzburger Festspiele | Monika Rittershaus
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 © Jürgen Frank
Diana Damrau performs Mozart and Strauss at the Grafenegg Festival, located about an hour’s drive from Vienna.
***11
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