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.

 

Venue : Opera, Gent

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.

Adriana Lecouvreur  |  March 02 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. Adriana suspects Maurizio still loves the Princess; meanwhile, the Princess grows increasingly sure that Maurizio has left her for another. When she discovers her rival to be Adriana, she poisons the actress. Adriana dies in Maurizio’s arms.

Eva Yerbabuena - Ballet Flamenco  |  March 03 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

Eva Yerbabuena, one of the very best contemporary flamenco dancers, is appearing in BOZAR for the third time. During her production, entitled Lluvia, the exuberant dancer treats us as always to a display of authenticity and sensuality, while her technical skill and the enchanting dramatic atmosphere she creates are breathtakingly stunning.

Grigory Sokolov  |  March 04 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov has been a regular at the Centre for Fine Arts for more than ten years now. When it comes to the piano he is a real living legend with his impressive presence and extremely pure technique. Whatever he plays, he always manages to recreate deeply moving atmospheres with his breath-taking technical mastery and an exceptional sense of musical emotion. His sophisticated yet gentle touch exhibits an expressive power which engulfs the listener in the most lyrical moments.

Zubin Mehta & Anoushka Shankar  |  March 04 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mālā links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

Simon Boccanegra  |  March 05 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

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.

Zubin Mehta & Anoushka Shankar  |  March 06 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mālā links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

Carmen - Pre-opening  |  March 07 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.

Musica Æterna  |  March 09 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

This concert by Musica Aeterna, which is better known for its early music performances, opens with a prodigious work which Alban Berg wrote in 1935 following the tragic death of Manon Gropius, daughter of Alma Mahler and the renowned architect Walter Gropius, whom he loved dearly and who succumbed to a serious illness at just 19 years of age. After a work that is all about studied contemplation, we continue in the footsteps of the Mahler family with the First Symphony by the famous Viennese composer.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  |  March 09 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire.

Simon Boccanegra  |  March 09 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opera, Gent

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.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Pinchas Zukerman  |  March 09 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Edward Elgar found his violin concerto “awfully emotional – too emotional! But I love it!” And in fact this is a work that wins you over spontaneously with its late romantic warmth and contemplative melancholy. Soloist Pinchas Zukerman returns with it to the Berliner Philharmoniker after more than ten years. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which Zubin Mehta conducts to conclude the evening, is at least as soulful.

Carmen - Opening Night  |  March 10 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Pinchas Zukerman  |  March 10 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Edward Elgar found his violin concerto “awfully emotional – too emotional! But I love it!” And in fact this is a work that wins you over spontaneously with its late romantic warmth and contemplative melancholy. Soloist Pinchas Zukerman returns with it to the Berliner Philharmoniker after more than ten years. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which Zubin Mehta conducts to conclude the evening, is at least as soulful.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  |  March 11 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  |  March 11 2017 - 16:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Walther falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways. Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  |  March 14 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire.

Mahler Chamber Orchestra  |  March 15 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

After its remarkable performance of all of Beethoven’s Concertos for piano, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is returning to the Centre for Fine Arts with two jewels from the Czech repertoire: Smetana’s famous Moldau and Dvořák’s 7th Symphony, with its particularly Slavic accents. In counterpoint, the great Czech mezzo Magdalena Kožená, whose colourful voice and stage presence have already stunned audiences here at BOZAR on numerous occasions, will interpret a magnificent work by the Italian composer Luciano Berio.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  |  March 15 2017 - 16:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Walther falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways. Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition.

Varian Fry Quartet  |  March 15 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

A chamber music performance for the younger generation of the Berliner Philharmoniker: the Varian Fry Quartet, founded by four Philharmonic string players in the 2012-13 season, will be supported at this concert by Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinettist of the orchestra since 2011. Together they will perform Mozart’s famous Clarinet Quintet in A major and Danzi’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Carmen  |  March 16 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.

À bras-le-corps  |  March 16 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

After 20 dancers for the 20th century the Paris Opera Ballet is adding À bras-le-corps to its repertoire. Long-time friends from their student days at the Conservatoire, Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas have, since the early 1990s, cherished the idea of a choreography guided by the sensation of fatigue, creeping inertia, physical breakdown, and the spasms of a body drained of vitality. With time, this choreography has evolved to embrace the maturity of the two men, the dancers’ experience leaving greater place for lightness, irony and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle & Magdalena Kožená  |  March 18 2017 - 22:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

East  |  March 18 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

The English-Bengali Akram Khan, the Israeli Ohad Naharin and the Belgian-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: three choreographers who find themselves on the border between East and West, have chosen this balancing act as their common theme. With his unique dance style rooted in classical Indian kathak dance, Khan explores the limits of the Western dance idiom. Naharin develops an abstract choreography about power and extremes in the virtuoso lexicon of movements. Cherkaoui makes a new creation to the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  |  March 19 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Walther falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways. Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition.

Madama Butterfly  |  March 20 2017 - 12:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return. Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her little son see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour. She excitedly expects his visit – but Pinkerton and his American wife Kate have come only to take the boy away, to raise him in America. Cio-Cio-San bids her son farewell and then takes her own life.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  |  March 21 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire.

East  |  March 21 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

The English-Bengali Akram Khan, the Israeli Ohad Naharin and the Belgian-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: three choreographers who find themselves on the border between East and West, have chosen this balancing act as their common theme. With his unique dance style rooted in classical Indian kathak dance, Khan explores the limits of the Western dance idiom. Naharin develops an abstract choreography about power and extremes in the virtuoso lexicon of movements. Cherkaoui makes a new creation to the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.

Melnikov, McFadden & Madzar  |  March 22 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff is unequalled in his ability to write such wonderful broad melodies, as underscored by the three works on the concert playbill. Romanticism personified, his music seems to have been crafted for nostalgic daydreaming. Literally so in the case of the Symphonic Dances, his final composition. This concert will feature the work in a special version for two pianos. Under the BOZAR spotlight this season with a portrait, Aleksandar Madžar and Alexander Melnikov are the ideal duo for this work.

À bras-le-corps  |  March 22 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

After 20 dancers for the 20th century the Paris Opera Ballet is adding À bras-le-corps to its repertoire. Long-time friends from their student days at the Conservatoire, Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas have, since the early 1990s, cherished the idea of a choreography guided by the sensation of fatigue, creeping inertia, physical breakdown, and the spasms of a body drained of vitality. With time, this choreography has evolved to embrace the maturity of the two men, the dancers’ experience leaving greater place for lightness, irony and energy.

East  |  March 22 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

The English-Bengali Akram Khan, the Israeli Ohad Naharin and the Belgian-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: three choreographers who find themselves on the border between East and West, have chosen this balancing act as their common theme. With his unique dance style rooted in classical Indian kathak dance, Khan explores the limits of the Western dance idiom. Naharin develops an abstract choreography about power and extremes in the virtuoso lexicon of movements. Cherkaoui makes a new creation to the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.

Agrippina  |  March 23 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Relentless lust for power and intrigue are the key ingredients in Händel’s opera centred on Agrippina. In her quest for power she will allow nothing and no one to stand in her way. Her son Nero must become the next Emperor of the Roman Empire. The opera offers a heady mix of tragedy and comedy and the interplay of recitative and aria makes for fascinating musical theatre.

Madama Butterfly  |  March 23 2017 - 12:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return. Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her little son see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour. She excitedly expects his visit – but Pinkerton and his American wife Kate have come only to take the boy away, to raise him in America. Cio-Cio-San bids her son farewell and then takes her own life.

Carmen  |  March 25 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  |  March 25 2017 - 16:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Walther falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways. Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition.

Madama Butterfly  |  March 27 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return. Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her little son see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour. She excitedly expects his visit – but Pinkerton and his American wife Kate have come only to take the boy away, to raise him in America. Cio-Cio-San bids her son farewell and then takes her own life.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  |  March 28 2017 - 16:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Walther falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways. Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition.

À bras-le-corps  |  March 28 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

After 20 dancers for the 20th century the Paris Opera Ballet is adding À bras-le-corps to its repertoire. Long-time friends from their student days at the Conservatoire, Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas have, since the early 1990s, cherished the idea of a choreography guided by the sensation of fatigue, creeping inertia, physical breakdown, and the spasms of a body drained of vitality. With time, this choreography has evolved to embrace the maturity of the two men, the dancers’ experience leaving greater place for lightness, irony and energy.

Reinoud Van Mechelen  |  March 29 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Miniemen Church, Bruxelles

The young Belgian tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen is assiduously building up a sparkling career. He had only just graduated in 2012 when he found himself performing on stage alongside the likes of William Christie, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Poème Harmonique, Il Gardellino, B’Rock, Paul Agnew and Capriccio Stravagante. Long-standing partners in crime include the transverse flute player Anna Besson, the harpsichordist Benjamin Alard and the cello player Ronan Kernoa. Together with them Van Mechelen performs arias by Bach for tenor and flute.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  |  March 29 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire.

À bras-le-corps  |  March 30 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

After 20 dancers for the 20th century the Paris Opera Ballet is adding À bras-le-corps to its repertoire. Long-time friends from their student days at the Conservatoire, Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas have, since the early 1990s, cherished the idea of a choreography guided by the sensation of fatigue, creeping inertia, physical breakdown, and the spasms of a body drained of vitality. With time, this choreography has evolved to embrace the maturity of the two men, the dancers’ experience leaving greater place for lightness, irony and energy.

Carmen  |  March 31 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The first words uttered by Carmen mark one of the greatest entrances in the history of opera and express all that need be said: “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame…” Composed to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella, the opera exploded the boundaries between tragedy and comedy with a modernity that caused a scandal at the time. Can we kill the one we love with love? The fiery beauty of Bizet’s music, where one unforgettable aria follows another, has worked year in, year out to make it the world’s most performed opera.

Agrippina  |  March 31 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Relentless lust for power and intrigue are the key ingredients in Händel’s opera centred on Agrippina. In her quest for power she will allow nothing and no one to stand in her way. Her son Nero must become the next Emperor of the Roman Empire. The opera offers a heady mix of tragedy and comedy and the interplay of recitative and aria makes for fascinating musical theatre.