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.

 

Don Pasquale   |  June 6 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

“Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age.” Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, Don Pasquale is the apotheosis of opera buffa. The production has been entrusted to director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendour at the heart of an apparently light hearted work..

Lohengrin  |  June 7 2018 - 18:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Lohengrin was the first fruit of Wagner’s fascination with the Holy Grail myths of Arthurian legend, the end point of which would be his final masterpiece Parsifal. Written between Tannhäuser and the first operas of the Ring cycle, Lohengrin marks a turning point as Wagner moves from conventional operatic form to the music dramas of his mature style. The two forms combine in Lohengrin to create a work of fervent music imagination and great dramatic power.

Thierrée / Shechter / Pérez / Pite  |  June 8 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

To open the evening, James Thierrée takes over the public areas of the Palais Garnier and introduces us to his dream-like world. Canada’s Crystal Pite returns with The Seasons’ Canon, a dazzling creation that thrilled audiences at the Palais Garnier last season. Spain’s Iván Pérez occupies the stage of the Opera for the first time with a creation for ten male dancers. To conclude the evening, Israel’s Hofesh Shechter, often lauded for his telluric, trance-evoking dances, offers a new version of his piece The Art of Not Looking Back.

Les Contes D'Hoffmann  |  June 11 2018 - 19:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet

Les Contes d’Hoffmann has been on Dutch National Opera’s wish list for a long time. The title role requires an exceptional tenor, who we have found in the person of John Osborn. This opera provides a rare opportunity to present several leading ladies in one production. One very popular part of Les Contes d’Hoffmann is ‘Belle Nuit, ô Nuit d’Amour’, the sensual duet sung by the ladies Nicklausse and Giulietta in a Venetian gondola. Many years after Offenbach’s death, new sections of the score were discovered, which provices the opportunity to make choices.

L'Heure Espagnole / Gianni Schicchi   |  June 12 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

A distinct whiff of commedia dell’arte pervades this programme. Spiced with Italian buffa, L’Heure espagnole transports us to Torquemada’s clock shop, the scene of his wife Concepcion’s infidelities. Latin in its harmonic sensuality, the farcical humour of Ravel’s opera is a fitting counterpart to the situation imagined by Puccini in Gianni Schicchi. Weary of tragic subjects, for the final part of Il Trittico Puccini composed a grand confidence trick orchestrated by a falsifier willing to do anything to gain wealth.

Mamzer Bastard  |  June 14 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Mamzer Bastard is the latest opera by Israeli-born composer Na’ama Zisser. Her numerous stage works include the horror opera Black Sand (Tête à Tête and Grimeborn) and the dance works Ghosts! (Sadler’s Wells), Fill in the Blanks (The Place) and Street Stories (East London Dance and Linbury Studio Theatre). Mamzer Bastardis the culmination of Zisser’s doctoral residency with The Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; her predecessor in the role was Philip Venables, who wrote the award-winning 4.48 Psychosis for his doctorate.

La Bohème  |  June 16 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized designs.

Tristan + Isolde  |  June 17 2018 - 14:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet

‘Tristan and Isolde’ is a passionate and doomed love story between two young people who come from historical and socially opposed camps and who die a tragic death for love. In Tristan + Isolde, David Dawson demonstrates a refined use of symmetry and order, continually giving them another twist. The ballet is a feast for the eyes, filled with kaleidoscopic shapes and unpredictable combinations: solos arise from a quartet, duos combine to form a quartet or sextet and then resolve into a trio or quintet.

Le Trouvère  |  June 20 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

For this work sums up the magic of opera, the way in which a dense and complex libretto abounding in dramatic twists can be transcended by the vertiginous beauty of a vocal line. And by the coherence of the production too: Àlex Ollé transposes the drama to a furious war that sets brother against brother: suddenly night, castles, soldiers, eternal hatred and the stake all become realities.

Cave  |  June 22 2018 - 15:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Composer Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake collaborate again on a new work, Cave, for London Sinfonietta and The Royal Opera. Davies is a leading figure in British contemporary music. She burst onto the stage in 2015 with her operatic debut Between Worlds, a collaboration with Drake inspired by the events of 9/11. For The Independent the opera ‘announce[d] Tansy Davies as the most original new voice in the game’. The opera went on to win Davies the prestigious British Composer Award.

New Moves 2018  |  June 23 2018 - 15:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet

Since the seventies, Dutch National Ballet has been organising choreographic workshops, in which the dancers get the opportunity to take a look at their profession from another perspective, namely that of a choreographer. It is an extremely instructive process, which also helps them to understand choreographers better and thus to develop further as a dancer. Many talented choreographers started out in various editions of New Moves, including Associate Artist David Dawson, Jan Linkens, Krzysztof Pastor, Juanjo Arques and Ted Brandsen himself.

La Fille Mal Gardée  |  June 25 2018 - 15:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In July 1789, only days before the storming of the Bastille, Jean Dauberval staged the first version of La Fille mal gardée, a ballet which depicted for the first time a love story between simple peasants. The lasting popularity of Ashton’s version which includes dancing cockerels, old ladies and umbrellas is not due merely to the perfect fluidity of the choreography, but also to the irresistible charm of the characters that Ashton brings to life with humour and subtlety.

Lessons in Love and Violence  |  June 27 2018 - 15:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet

A king is forced to choose between love and a tough political stance. He takes a fateful decision, plunging the country into civil war and turning his own wife and son irreconcilably against him. But once the son has learned a few painful lessons in realpolitik and the ‘surgical’ use of violence, he commits a terrible act of violence in front of his own mother – with the intention of making peace.

Don Giovanni  |  June 29 2018 - 15:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Don Giovanni is the second of Mozart’s landmark collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte (after The Marriage of Figaro and before Così fan tutte). In it they created a work that has beguiled and entranced in equal measure since its premiere in 1787. Perfectly situated, as no other opera, between tragedy and comedy, this potent drama combines glorious music with a seductive central character who is endlessly fascinating in his complexity.