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 Boccanegra  |  October 2 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Marseille

Paolo Arrivabeni conducts the orchestra and choir of the Opera Marseille in a performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, starring singers Juan Jesús Rodriguez (Simon Boccanegra) and Olesya Golovneva (Amelia). Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra (1843) by Antonio García Gutiérrez, whose play El trovador had been the basis for Verdi's 1853 opera, Il trovatore.

Tristan und Isolde  |  October 3 - 18:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Richard Wagner’s composition goes far beyond any simple operatic gesture. His libretto transcends the medieval legend in a metaphysical view of love with its tensions and pessimism. Peter Sellars’ production pours oil onto this troubled sea of emotions in an almost dematerialised setting bared of all earthly contingencies whilst Bill Viola presents the lovers’ initiatory quest for nirvana in videos detached from the stage, suspended like altarpieces. The association of these two major artists gives birth to a unique, holistic work of art.

Trevor Pinnock conducts the RCO  |  October 3 - 20:15

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The British conductor-harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock will amaze you as he conducts Chopin and Liszt with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra! He’ll be joined by the spirited Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who will play the solo in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Vienna Mozart Orchestra  |  October 5 - 20:15

Venue : Vienna Concerts

The Vienna Mozart Orchestra plays in Vienna concerts with internationally renowned singers and soloists - all in magnificent historical costumes and wigs and creates a special atmosphere in Vienna's largest and most famous Concert halls, like State Opera, Musikverein Golden Hall, Hofburg and Konzerthaus. The Vienna Mozart Concerts even fulfill the wishes of the Strauss lovers by performing the most impressing pieces by the Strauss Dynasty, such as "The Blue Danube Waltz" and "The Radetzky March

Sakari Oramo conducts Grieg, Dean and Sibelius  |  October 6 - 19:00

Venue : Berliner Philharmonic

The conductor is Sakari Oramo, who began his musical career as a violinist and concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alban Gerhardt will premiere the new Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Brett Dean, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker together with four other partners. His sound is unmistakable, and his interpretations are characterised by spontaneity and originality: after early success in competitions, cellist Alban Gerhardt made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker when he was 21 years old.

Tristan Und Isolde  |  October 9 - 14:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

TRichard Wagner’s composition goes far beyond any simple operatic gesture. His libretto transcends the medieval legend in a metaphysical view of love with its tensions and pessimism. Peter Sellars’ production pours oil onto this troubled sea of emotions in an almost dematerialised setting bared of all earthly contingencies whilst Bill Viola presents the lovers’ initiatory quest for nirvana in videos detached from the stage, suspended like altarpieces. The association of these two major artists gives birth to a unique, holistic work of art.

Les Huguenots   |  October 10 - 18:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The composer made History the pivotal theme of 19th century operatic productions. Les Huguenots is a monumental fresco featuring various impossible loves in the context of the Saint Bartholomew Massacre. First performed at the Paris Opera, the work celebrated its centenary there in 1936, before being stowed in the archives of the Palais Garnier. For its revival, Andreas Kriegenburg places these timeless conflicts of love and religion in an immaculate setting in which the costumes appear yet more flamboyant and the victims’ blood more violently red.

Jansons and RCO play Britten's War Reqiuem  |  October 12 - 18:00

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Experience an unforgettable performance of Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Written for orchestra, large choir, children’s choir and three soloists, the piece is a real challenge for any conductor, but Mariss Jansons will rise to the occasion.

Candide  |  October 14 - 16:00

Venue : Opéra Marseille

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the Marseille Opera put on a still rare score on the operatic scenes of the hexagon: Candide. Based on the fascinating philosophical tale of Voltaire, Bernstein presents a detailed fresco of characters with beautifully worked characters and punctuated by a permanent succession of adventures. The humour is squeaky but no less subtle. The music is sparkling, always inventive, acrobatic and marked by the use of complex and incredibly varied rhythms. A masterpiece not to be missed!

Das Rheingold   |  October 16 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Das Rheingold is the ‘preliminary evening’ of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The shortest of the four, it introduces the characters that will drive this magnificent drama to its epic conclusion, and the musical themes that Wagner ingeniously develops through the cycle. Das Rheingold was first performed in 1869, and the second opera Die Walküre in 1870 – before the rest of the cycle was completed. Das Rheingold famously begins with a musical representation of the flowing river Rhine.

La Traviata  |  October 17 - 19:30

Venue :Opéra Bastille, Paris

In Benoît Jacquot’s production, Manet’s Olympia dominates the stage of the Opéra Bastille. In 1863, the painting caused a scandal: the prostitute awaits her client, her expression proud, her demeanour assured. Is this Violetta? Like Olympia, Verdi’s most celebrated heroine surrenders to the spectator just as she surrenders to love, going so far as to die on stage, a woman’s ultimate sacrifice for her lover. Or might it be the spectator who strips her bare and intrudes upon her privacy, in the image of this milieu of social voyeurism?

Die Walküre  |  October 18 - 16:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Die Walküre has become the most performed opera of the cycle, loved and admired for its nuanced and intelligent exploration of complex family entanglements, expressed through music of astonishing power – perhaps nowhere more so than in the glorious music for the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde. Wotan’s voyage of self-discovery and ultimate resignation are at the heart of Warner’s production, created for The Royal Opera in 2005. Visual motifs reflect the structure of Wagner’s score, which shows the composer at his most radical and most lyrical.

Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms and Lutosławski  |  October 20 - 20:00

Venue : Berlin Philharmonic

Witold Lutosławski’s captivating Concerto for Orchestra combines the acerbic power of traditional Polish folk music with ingenious, pioneering construction. A charming contrast is formed by Johannes Brahms’ joyous Second Symphony, written during a holiday at the Wörthersee in which, according to the composer, “The melodies fly so thick here that you have to be careful not to step on one”. The conductor for this concert is Paavo Järvi.

La Dame aux Camélias  |  October 23 - 19:30

Venue : De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet brings back its recent hugely successful dance drama La Dame aux Camélias, a moving and melancholy tale of impossible love. This evening-length production by American-German choreographer John Neumeier, based on the eponymous novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, demands both technical perfection from the soloists and a profound ability to relate to this story of doomed love. At the Dutch première of La Dame aux Camélias in 2015, the soloist pairs received standing ovations lasting many minutes.

Rossini - Little Solemn Mass  |  October 27 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Festival Hall, London

Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic, but he was also a showman. ‘Oh Lord’ he prayed, ‘Thou knowest well that I was born to write comic opera.’ So when he came to write his ‘Solemn Mass’, he couldn’t help filling it with cheerful rhythms, brilliant operatic solos and tune after irresistibly hummable tune. Sacred music doesn’t get any more entertaining than this, and as a former assistant to opera expert Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Gimeno understands it from the inside. He’s brought with him a hand-picked team of star soloists who share his love for Rossini.

Leipzig Thomanerchor sings Bach, Brahms and Schütz  |  October 30 - 20:15

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig will alternate subdued, stately and exuberant work in this concert featuring Bach, Brahms and more.