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Guide to Romantic Music

Romantics Month 2020
Find events with music from the Romantics around the world
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SingaporeA Little Mozart with Chloe Chua

A Little Mozart with Chloe Chua
Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Bruno Weil; Chloe Chua

AmsterdamConcertgebouworkest & Beatrice Rana: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

Concertgebouworkest & Beatrice Rana: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1
López Bellido, Chin, Tchaikovsky
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Klaus Mäkelä; Beatrice Rana

BerlinLes Contes d'Hoffmann

© Monika Rittershaus
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Alevtina Ioffe; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz; Ulrich Lenz

MadridUn ballo in maschera

Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Nicola Luisotti; Gianmaria Aliverta; Teatro Real; Lorenzo Passerini; Massimo Checchetto; Carlos Tieppo; Michael Fabiano

LondonBBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Heath Quartet: Brahms and Beyond

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Heath Quartet: Brahms and Beyond
Berg, Brahms
Heath Quartet
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Technology to the rescue in Zurich's new staging of Boris Godunov

Michael Volle (Boris Godunov) and Spencer Lang (Holy Fool) © Monika Rittershaus

The Zurich Opernhaus tackles the pandemic with an innovative strategy: instead of reducing the size of orchestra and chorus (as many other European opera houses) it removes them from the theatre altogether. The new production of Boris Godunov, by Barrie Kosky, is the first test.

Charisma and consummate skill: Merel Quartet in Zurich

Merel Quartet © Hannes Heinzer
The four gifted players of the Merel Quartet perform an unforgettable Haydn and Schubert programme at Zurich’s Tonhalle Maag.
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Spirit of the dance in al fresco Istanbul Music Festival opener

Emre Engin © Istanbul Music Festival
Rustling trees, wandering cats and a laconic golden retriever grace the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra's festival opening concert.
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Darkness and light: Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic

Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Stephan Rabold

In their latest contribution to the Berlin Festival, Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic, with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, brought together brooding Berg and sunny Dvořák.

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An engaging revival of Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper

Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Gabriele), Plácido Domingo (Boccanegra) and Hibla Gerzmava (Amelia) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Tragic love, deceit, retribution... and Plácido Domingo. Despite its darkness, the Wiener Staatsoper's revival of Simon Boccanegra makes for an enjoyable evening. 
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