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.

 

Jewels  |  April 01 2017 - 14:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

Agrippina  |  April 02 2017 - 15:00

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.

Organ matinee with Hansjörg Albrecht  |  April 02 2017 - 11:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Hansjörg Albrecht is playing Bach, more precisely the Goldberg Variations that Bach composed for his friend Count Hermann Carl von Keyserlingk, who suffered from insomnia and wanted the music of the cantor of St. Thomas’s Church to be played for him at night by his court musician Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. Originally composed for harpsichord, the work lends itself perfectly to a performance on organ with its manifold sound possibilities – particularly as Hansjörg Albrecht is regarded as a musical maverick and crossover artist among organists.

Carmen  |  April 02 2017 - 14:30

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  |  April 04 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.

Carmen  |  April 05 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.

Jewels  |  April 06 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”  |  April 07 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Puccini’s Tosca has had a special place in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker ever since Herbert von Karajan conducted the opera to great acclaim in Berlin and Salzburg in the 1980s. And now, after almost 30 years, Tosca is programmed once again – this time at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, with Simon Rattle as the conductor. The main roles are sung by Kristīne Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez and Evgeny Nikitin. The director is Philipp Himmelmann.

Madame Butterfly  |  April 10 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.

Carmen  |  April 11 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.

East  |  April 12 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

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.

Jewels  |  April 12 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

Carmen  |  April 14 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.

East  |  April 15 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

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.

La Fille de neige  |  April 15 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite…

Madame Butterfly  |  April 17 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.

Infinite now  |  April 18 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Ghent

This creation commemorates World War I and takes as point of departure the play FRONT (2014) by Luk Perceval. The American-Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin saw the performance and connected the theatrical experience of FRONT with the novella Homecoming by the Chinese author Can Xue. The result of this union is music theatre about opening new perspectives in a harrowing situation.

East  |  April 19 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

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.

Ricercar Consort  |  April 19 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

Claudio Monteverdi was light years ahead of his contemporaries, who failed to understand his music and often condemned it. Nowadays, we appreciate the Italian composer's sheer genius. Singlehandedly he created a completely new style, which provided the basis for baroque. Monteverdi is perhaps best known as the father of opera (he paved the way for a new style and ushered in an entire genre), but he also wrote brilliant religious music. His madrigals are unique in their kind. Here, the inimitable Ricercar Consort does them full justice.

La Fille de neige  |  April 20 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite…

Jewels  |  April 21 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

Cuarteto Casals  |  April 21 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The Cuarteto Casals is without doubt Spain's leading chamber music ensemble and has gained an enviable reputation abroad. Remaining faithful to its Spanish roots, the Cuarteto Casals performs works by lesser-known Spanish composers, such as Arriaga and Tolrá, while also playing the repertoire classics. This versatility is also a feature of this concert. In addition to compositions by Brahms and Shostakovich, the audience will be treated to Mozart's popular “Hunt” quartet, one of the six the composer dedicated to Haydn.

Tosca  |  April 22 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

In Puccini’s Tosca, moments full of love and intimacy alternate in breathtaking tempo with those of jealousy, hate and sadistic brutality. Puccini traces this range of feelings in a musical language that is simultaneously psychologising and breathtakingly beautiful. The title role in this performance with Simon Rattle will be sung by Kristīne Opolais, who is acclaimed as a Puccini interpreter on the great opera stages from Vienna to New York.

The Exterminating Angel  |  April 24 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Thomas Adès is one of the most important composers in contemporary music, and solidifies that position with his third opera The Exterminating Angel. His two previous operas, Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004), are acclaimed as contemporary classics, alongside his many symphonic and chamber works, which are regularly performed around the world. The Exterminating Angel is inspired by the 1962 film El ángel exterminador by the famed surrealist Luis Buñuel, and received its world premiere at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.

Wozzeck  |  April 24 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

Tetzlaff Quartet  |  April 25 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Christian Tetzlaff, long-term artistic partner of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Artist in Residence in the 2014–15 season, will present himself at this concert with his own string quartet. Besides violinist Elisabeth Kufferath and violist Hanna Weinmeister, Tetzlaff’s sister Tanja is the cellist in this ensemble. The programme highlights three composers from Viennese music history: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg.

La Fille de neige  |  April 25 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite…

Opera21 / Menuet  |  April 26 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Ghent

A man, a woman and a girl share a house. The man spends his days working in the freezer cellar for a company. To pass the time, he collects newspaper clippings about all kinds of horrible crimes. As for his hyperactive wife, she loses herself in organising the household and making children's clothes that she sells through her brother-in-law.

Ewald Demeyere  |  April 26 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The Belgian harpsichordist Ewald Demeyere takes us on an exploration of the variation, a writing technique where a musical idea is repeated but altered in some way every time. This temporal and spatial journey begins in Late Renaissance England with John Munday and William Byrd, crosses the Channel to meet the German Froberger and the Bach dynasty, before ending up in late 18th century Austria, where Mozart composed his very well-known 12 Variations on the tune "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman".

Wozzeck  |  April 26 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

Opera21 / Menuet  |  April 27 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Ghent

A man, a woman and a girl share a house. The man spends his days working in the freezer cellar for a company. To pass the time, he collects newspaper clippings about all kinds of horrible crimes. As for his hyperactive wife, she loses herself in organising the household and making children's clothes that she sells through her brother-in-law.

The Exterminating Angel  |  April 27 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Thomas Adès is one of the most important composers in contemporary music, and solidifies that position with his third opera The Exterminating Angel. His two previous operas, Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004), are acclaimed as contemporary classics, alongside his many symphonic and chamber works, which are regularly performed around the world. The Exterminating Angel is inspired by the 1962 film El ángel exterminador by the famed surrealist Luis Buñuel, and received its world premiere at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.

Wozzeck  |  April 29 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

Mayerling  |  April 29 2017 - 13:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

In Mayerling, Kenneth MacMillan tells the true story of the suicide pact between the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his teenage mistress in 1889. This intensely dark and powerful ballet received a standing ovation at its premiere in 1978, and is regarded by many as MacMillan’s greatest masterpiece. The music of Franz Liszt, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery, provides a sweeping soundscape to match the high emotion of the drama, while the designs of Nicholas Georgiadis conjure up the privileged and oppressive society of the Austro-Hungarian court.

Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók  |  April 29 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Three composers, three distinct musical languages: that’s on offer on this programme with Mariss Jansons. Thus in Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony, his characteristic Nordic idiom is already unmistakeable.Weber's first Clarinet Concerto, in turn, combines stupendous virtuosity and Romantic cantilena. And finally Béla Bartók with The Miraculous Mandarin: a rare fusion of uncompromising modernity and sensuousness of sound.

Ensemble Qualia  |  April 30 2017 - 11:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The Codex Segovia is one of the most intriguing musical testaments of the late 15th century, reflecting the peculiarly close artistic links between the Netherlands and Spain at that time and, more specifically, between famous composers, such as Agricola, Obrecht and Tinctoris and the virtuoso performers they encountered. The outcome was a vibrant music composed for outstanding musicians. To coincide with the Early Visions Weekend, the Qualia ensemble will be offering a few sublime pages from this Codex, to reveal the intensity of the cultural exchanges between the courts of Europe during the early Renaissance period.

La Fille de neige  |  April 30 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite…