Concert Calendar

Discover the wonderful world of classical music, opera, and ballet in your area. Every week, in collaboration with our partners worldwide, we offer you a curated calendar of concerts and performances.

 

 

 

Simon Rattle conducts Mahler  |  February 10 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The climax of this concert with Sir Simon Rattle is Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which stands out among the composer’s monumental works with a sunny amiability. The evening opens with the premiere of a short piece by Wolfgang Rihm, followed by György Ligeti’s violin concerto, a work that impresses soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with its “colourful, … sometimes flickering and sometimes floating auditory impression”.

Simon Boccanegra  |  February 11 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Simon Boccanegra' by Giuseppe Verdi is an opera about an ideal of freedom that cannot be realised, neither in the private sphere nor in society at large. Verdi paints an incomparable portrait of the loneliness and self-doubt of the political potentate and the man. A darkness that Verdi sublimely underscores in this musical tour de force with deep orchestral sounds. With Simon Boccanegra Alexander Joel will be conducting his fourth Verdi masterpiece for Opera Vlaanderen.

Lohengrin  |  February 11 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written by Wagner in great solitude, Lohengrin is first and foremost an immense aesthetic and political manifesto questioning the place of genius in society and laying the groundwork for musical drama. The work, conducted by Liszt at its premiere in Weimar in 1850, marked a turning point in Wagner’s life. It had a profound impact on Ludwig II of Bavaria who became his patron and friend, supporting him in all his future enterprises.

Tree of Codes  |  February 12 2017 - 14:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

Created at the 2015 Manchester International Festival for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor, Tree of Codes possesses all the energy and vitality of a performance born of a collaboration between artists at the peak of their creativity – a collaboration, as so often in the past, born out of experimentation and common interest. Wayne McGregor draws inspiration from the novel by the American author Jonathan Safran Foer who chiselled his story from the pages of Bruno Schulz’s book, The Street of Crocodiles.

Lohengrin  |  February 15 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written by Wagner in great solitude, Lohengrin is first and foremost an immense aesthetic and political manifesto questioning the place of genius in society and laying the groundwork for musical drama. The work, conducted by Liszt at its premiere in Weimar in 1850, marked a turning point in Wagner’s life. It had a profound impact on Ludwig II of Bavaria who became his patron and friend, supporting him in all his future enterprises.

Die Zauberflöte  |  February 16 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Mozart’s last opera is a firework display that takes the form of a tale of initiation. After an initial production for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Robert Carsen renews his relationship with Mozart’s operatic works after a gap of twenty years. His new perspective on the work brings to life a Magic Flute that is both refined and elegant: a sober jewel in which appearances often prove misleading.

Tree of Codes  |  February 17 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

Created at the 2015 Manchester International Festival for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor, Tree of Codes possesses all the energy and vitality of a performance born of a collaboration between artists at the peak of their creativity – a collaboration, as so often in the past, born out of experimentation and common interest. Wayne McGregor draws inspiration from the novel by the American author Jonathan Safran Foer who chiselled his story from the pages of Bruno Schulz’s book, The Street of Crocodiles.

Adriana Lecouvreur  |  February 17 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

The actress Adriana Lecouvreur is adored by many – including stage manager Michonnet – but she loves Maurizio, Count of Saxony. He is entranced by Adriana, and desperately tries to extricate himself from his former lover, the Princesse de Bouillon. Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous production of Cilea’s tragic opera.

Mahler / Brahms  |  February 18 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

The Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler’s Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn are steeped in the country atmosphere of peasant life. Yet they depict starkly contrasting worlds. In Mahler’s Wunderhorn-Lieder we hear the German soprano Barbara Senator, who has regularly appeared as guest performer at the Semperoper Dresden and at Glyndebourne, along with the Austrian bass-baritone Josef Wagner. All of this will be guided by the baton of maestro Alexander Joel, the first guest conductor at Opera Vlaanderen.

Piano recital with András Schiff  |  February 19 2017 - 11:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

On the second of his three concerts featuring piano works by Bach, Bartók, Janáček and Schumann, Sir András Schiff turns to Bach's affect-laden Three-Part Sinfonias for keyboard instrument, which the cantor of Leipzig’s St. Thomas’s Church composed primarily as a book of instruction. In addition, he will play Béla Bartók’s Suite Sz 62 and his collection Out of Doors, as well as Leoš Janáček’s piano sonata 1.X.1905 “From the Street”, a musical reflection on political clashes in the year 1905, and Robert Schumann’s melancholy First Piano Sonata.

Simon Boccanegra  |  February 19 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Simon Boccanegra' by Giuseppe Verdi is an opera about an ideal of freedom that cannot be realised, neither in the private sphere nor in society at large. Verdi paints an incomparable portrait of the loneliness and self-doubt of the political potentate and the man. A darkness that Verdi sublimely underscores in this musical tour de force with deep orchestral sounds. With Simon Boccanegra Alexander Joel will be conducting his fourth Verdi masterpiece for Opera Vlaanderen.

Music of the Northern Lights  |  February 20 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

‘Music begins where the possibilities of language end,’ said Jean Sibelius, and Edvard Grieg agreed: ‘Words sometimes need music, but music needs nothing.’ Each of these composers used musical means to create a national art that is permeated with the soul of his own people, but that in artistic terms transcends the boundaries of his own country. In this program, music director Alain Altinoglu, here as a guest conductor with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, pays tribute to the music of the Far North. ‘Det Beste Fra Scandinavia’?

Simon Boccanegra  |  February 21 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Simon Boccanegra' by Giuseppe Verdi is an opera about an ideal of freedom that cannot be realised, neither in the private sphere nor in society at large. Verdi paints an incomparable portrait of the loneliness and self-doubt of the political potentate and the man. A darkness that Verdi sublimely underscores in this musical tour de force with deep orchestral sounds. With Simon Boccanegra Alexander Joel will be conducting his fourth Verdi masterpiece for Opera Vlaanderen.

Mahler / Brahms  |  February 22 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerp

The Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler’s Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn are steeped in the country atmosphere of peasant life. Yet they depict starkly contrasting worlds. In Mahler’s Wunderhorn-Lieder we hear the German soprano Barbara Senator, who has regularly appeared as guest performer at the Semperoper Dresden and at Glyndebourne, along with the Austrian bass-baritone Josef Wagner. All of this will be guided by the baton of maestro Alexander Joel, the first guest conductor at Opera Vlaanderen.

Die Zauberflöte  |  February 23 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Mozart’s last opera is a firework display that takes the form of a tale of initiation. After an initial production for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Robert Carsen renews his relationship with Mozart’s operatic works after a gap of twenty years. His new perspective on the work brings to life a Magic Flute that is both refined and elegant: a sober jewel in which appearances often prove misleading.

Tree of Codes  |  February 23 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

Created at the 2015 Manchester International Festival for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor, Tree of Codes possesses all the energy and vitality of a performance born of a collaboration between artists at the peak of their creativity – a collaboration, as so often in the past, born out of experimentation and common interest. Wayne McGregor draws inspiration from the novel by the American author Jonathan Safran Foer who chiselled his story from the pages of Bruno Schulz’s book, The Street of Crocodiles.

Adriana Lecouvreur  |  February 24 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

The actress Adriana Lecouvreur is adored by many – including stage manager Michonnet – but she loves Maurizio, Count of Saxony. He is entranced by Adriana, and desperately tries to extricate himself from his former lover, the Princesse de Bouillon. Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous production of Cilea’s tragic opera.

Pénélope  |  February 25 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

With the French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch, we could say that, at the turning point between two eras, Fauré’s musical idiom cannot be captured in words. In Pénélope, inspired by Odysseus’ return home as described by Homer in the Odyssey, we hear the mature Fauré at the peak of his powers. This portrait of marital love is Fauré’s only opera and is also his last masterpiece. The conductor Michel Plasson, a specialist in the French repertoire, and the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci leave you in no doubt about that.

Ton Koopman & the Orchestra Academy  |  February 25 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

It’s just plain fun to watch Ton Koopman conduct. The renowned Baroque specialist uses his whole body to convey to the instrumentalists how to bring to life his beloved music of the 18th century. The scholars of the Orchestra Academy will be able to profit from the knowledge of the Dutch conductor, organist and harpsichordist when he conducts them in works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert.

Pénélope  |  February 28 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

With the French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch, we could say that, at the turning point between two eras, Fauré’s musical idiom cannot be captured in words. In Pénélope, inspired by Odysseus’ return home as described by Homer in the Odyssey, we hear the mature Fauré at the peak of his powers. This portrait of marital love is Fauré’s only opera and is also his last masterpiece. The conductor Michel Plasson, a specialist in the French repertoire, and the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci leave you in no doubt about that.