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.

 

Vox Luminis  |  December 21 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Bozar, Brussels

The Belgian vocal and instrumental ensemble Vox Luminis mainly performs 16th, 17th and 18th century Italian and German works. This concert features Bach's Magnificat, one of the most famous choral works, which the Cantor completely revised, between the first version, performed on Christmas day in 1723 (its premiere in Leipzig), and the one he bequeathed to the next generations: richly textured, intense, joyful and exuberant.

Ravel / Debussy  |  December 22 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

"Music is a dream from which the veils have been lifted. It's not even the expression of a feeling, it's the feeling itself." This quote from Claude Debussy describes the musical world of this programme, made up of his own works and works by Maurice Ravel. In the choreography of Ravel's and Debussy's music by Jeroen Verbruggen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, fluid lines, dream and atmosphere are strongly present.

Rigoletto  |  December 23 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect… Rigoletto arranges to have the Duke assassinated. But Gilda still loves the womanizing Duke and sacrifices herself in his place. Rigoletto eagerly uncovers the corpse only to find instead his fatally wounded daughter, who dies in his arms.

La clemenza di Tito  |  December 25 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opera, Paris

If the liaison between Titus and Berenice inspired one of the greatest French playwrights, it was the Roman Emperor himself, an incarnation of absolute sovereignty, that occupied the central position in what was to be Mozart’s last opera. Marking a return to opera seria in its formal constraints and choice of subject, the work nevertheless defies expectations, its humanity shining forth through an obscure clarity in which the hidden melancholy of a score composed by an already declining Mozart is discernible.

The Sleeping Beauty  |  December 31 2017 - 14:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

No fewer than eighteen times over the festive Christmas period, Dutch National Ballet will awaken The Sleeping Beauty with a kiss. More than 125 years after its premiere, the classical fairytale ballet by Marius Petipa to music by Tchaikovsky still forms the touchstone for ballet dancers all over the world. Dutch National Ballet is presenting the Russian crown jewel The Sleeping Beauty in the version by Englishman Sir Peter Wright. This version has all the glitter and style that befits a ballet originally intended for the court of the Russian tsar.

The Sleeping Beauty  |  January 1 2018 - 14:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

No fewer than eighteen times over the festive Christmas period, Dutch National Ballet will awaken The Sleeping Beauty with a kiss. More than 125 years after its premiere, the classical fairytale ballet by Marius Petipa to music by Tchaikovsky still forms the touchstone for ballet dancers all over the world. Dutch National Ballet is presenting the Russian crown jewel The Sleeping Beauty in the version by Englishman Sir Peter Wright. This version has all the glitter and style that befits a ballet originally intended for the court of the Russian tsar.

Don Quichotte  |  January 2 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote is a veritable festival of dance, displaying the excellence of the soloists and the Corps de Ballet in a wide variety of ensembles and pas de deux. At the heart of the ballet, the lovers Kitri and Basilio use every ruse, from puppet shows to fake suicide, to see each other despite Kitri’s father’s opposition. Ultimately, after battling with windmills and encountering Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads, it is the Chevalier de la Mancha who brings about the happy end.

Salomé  |  January 8 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Richard Strauss brought an extravagant intensity to his adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé. The glitter of Herod’s palace, the flicker of torches and the pale light of the moon are all vividly evoked in a sumptuously rich score. When Salome had its premiere in Dresden in 1905 it received 38 curtain calls and established Strauss as a first-rank opera composer. Gustav Mahler called it ‘one of the most important works of our day’.

Falstaff  |  January 10 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

Giuseppe Verdi borrowed the protagonist of his final opera from William Shakespeare. Inspired by the cheerful anarchist Falstaff, the elderly Verdi reinvented himself in an elegant and finely-wrought musical drama. The crowning jewel of Verdi's oeuvre. This will mark Oscar winner Christoph Waltz's second foray as director at Opera Vlaanderen, following his 'Der Rosenkavalier'.

Liza Ferschtman  |  January 12 2018 - 20:00

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

“An angel comes down from heaven, enveloped in a cloud…” This passage from the Book of Revelation inspired the French composer Olivier Messiaen to create his famous ‘Quatuor pour la fin du temps’ while he was imprisoned during the Second World War. In his music, Messiaen wanted to reach for the eternal and detach himself from time and space. In ‘Quatuor pour la fin du temps’ he came tantalisingly close. The quote from the descending angel could equally have been referring to the Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman.

Jephthah  |  January 13 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

When Jephthah, a biblical parable adapted from the Book of Judges, begins, the people of Israel are under the yoke of neighboring nations which pillage and oppress them. Jephthah, destined to become their saviour, has grown up in the desert until becoming a powerful military leader. Claus Guth directs this oratorio in which grief‑stricken voices interweave as they confront an apocalyptic situation. The drama seems to lead to a tragic denouement, in accordance with Handel’s injunction: “It must be thus”. But must it really be thus?

Un ballo in maschera  |  January 19 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

When he composed Un ballo in maschera, Verdi already had numerous masterpieces to his name. In Naples, censorship was the order of the day: one could not assassinate a king on stage and the composer found himself obliged to transpose his ball to Boston at the end of the 17th century. This opera combines politics with passion: it is his love for a woman, his jealousy and folly that guide Renato’s hand as he stabs his friend Riccardo…

Faust  |  January 20 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp

The French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot created his own version of the celebrated legend of Faust in 2007. He did this after the example of Maurice Béjart, who passed away the same year that this Faust was born and to whose memory the work is dedicated. A brilliant twist by Jean­-Christophe Maillot was the addition of a fourth protagonist: La Mort (Death). Maillot's 'Faust' won him the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for best choreography in 2008.

Giselle  |  January 20 2018 - 14:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Giselle’s essence has remained the same through many different productions in well over a century of continuous performance. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original 1841 choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), which was first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.

Jodie Devos & Bach Concentus  |  January 25 2018 - 20:00

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

Her voice, presence and imaginative ability to touch people to the deepest of their souls in a fraction of a second, are just a few of the assets that distinguish the Belgian soprano Jodie Devos from her fellow singers. This contemporary diva gave a stunning performance during the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in 2014, the highlight being Mozart’s languorous ‘Vorrei Spiergarvi’. With the Bach Concentus led by Ewald Demeyere, she is now immersing herself in Mozart’s concert arias.

Tristan und Isolde  |  January 30 2018 - 18:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

Tristan und Isolde was the height of modernity, as the succession of chords was determined more by chromaticism than by their harmonic function. The ‘Tristan chord’ put a bomb under traditional theory of harmony, as it were, and the orchestration was also extremely innovative. The new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, directed by Pierre Audi, has already received high acclaim in Paris and Rome. In his staging of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Pierre Audi concentrates on the myth of love itself, represented by the title figures.