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.

 

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.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker  |  November 1 - 20:00

Venue : Berliner Philharmonie

In 1944, at the age of just 25, Leonard Bernstein conducted the first performance of his First Symphony, a work based on the Old Testament lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah and which demonstrates astonishing musical and intellectual maturity. The same expressive intensity characterises Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, which dates from the same time, but from a completely different sound world. The conductor of this exciting juxtaposition is Gustavo Dudamel.

Scherpdenkers: Petra Stienen and Ragazze Kwartet  |  November 2 - 20:15

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

For lovers of chamber music the Recital Hall is the venue of choice. You can hear the musicians breathe and you can practically touch them. This hall is also cherished by musicians for its beautiful acoustics and direct contact with the audience. In the Recital Hall you can hear the best musicians of our time. Buy your tickets now and experience the magic of the Recital Hall for yourself!

L'Elisir d'Amore  |  November 5 - 19:30

Venue : Vienna State Opera

Penniless Nemorino is in love with wealthy Adina. In a bid to increase his chances, he buys a “love elixir” (in reality, Bordeaux wine) from the wonder doctor Dulcamara. His appeal is, however, increased by something else: an unexpected inheritance. Yet, with or without elixir, wine and inheritance, it seems that Adina loves Nemorino anyway. Nothing stands in the way of a happy ending!

KleuterSinfonietta: Kom, we gaan spelen!  |  November 10 - 10:00

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

What does a house sound like? Or a wheel? What do you hear when you are in love? Or in the seventh heaven? The Concertgebouw’s Family Concerts take children aged 4 to 12 on a wonderful journey of discovery into the world of music, instruments and musicians. Breathtaking music and stories that challenge children to listen, to look, to sing and to participate. They learn about the most beautiful sounds and modern and ancient masterworks from near and far in a playful manner. Please note: narration during these concerts will be in Dutch.

In memoriam Claudio Abbado – Composer in Residence  |  November 12 - 20:00

Venue : Berliner Philharmonie

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, founded by Claudio Abbado, performs Written on Skin, one of the most successful chamber operas of our time. It deals with a love triangle: the protagonists are a brutal, jealous husband, a young, inexperienced woman and a gifted painter. Based on a medieval Provençal legend, librettist Martin Crimp created a highly modern story of power, subjugation, rebellion and self-discovery – the perfect framework for the atmospherically dense, rich-toned music of George Benjamin.

La Donna Del Lago  |  November 13 - 20:00

Venue : Opéra Marseille

In the first performance of La Donna del Lago , Stendhal mentions that "all imaginations were transported to Scotland" . And for good reason, Rossini offers a change of scenery at the edge of a Scottish lake in the 16th century. On these shores, the Highlanders revolt against the King of Scotland. To this unstable context is added a complex amorous quartet where three men are in love with the same woman. Follows a real duel of Rossini's tenors complemented by a contralto with heroic accents and a romantic-looking mezzo.

La Bayadère  |  November 17 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

Simon Boccanegra  |  November 18 - 14:30

Venue : Opéra de Paris

An eminently political opera in which power struggles are interwoven with family conflicts, Simon Boccanegra echoes the life of its composer – the man who championed the cause of Italian unification and overcame the loss of his wife and children. Calixto Bieito, that most Shakespearean of opera directors, brings humanism and truth to a work haunted by gleaming images of the sea.

Quartet & Misatango  |  November 24 - 20:00

Venue : Opéra Marseille

La Misatango is an entirely renewed mass since it is composed on tango tunes and thus weaves a link between sacred music and popular Argentine tango music. The choreography is tinted also in two colors. It is imbued with both deep spirituality and great sensuality. This duality is translated by a succession of sets, duets and solos. The gesture is in turn iconic, expressing the recollection and the search for transcendence, but also very carnal, expressing voluptuousness and freedom of the bodies evolving in ample and powerful movements.

Master Pianist Denis Matsuev: Tchaikovsky and Beethoven  |  November 25 - 20:15

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

For many years now, the Master Pianists series has been among the most prestigious piano series in the world. Ever since its inaugural season in 1987-1988, the series guarantees recitals of exceptional quality by the world’s most revered pianists. The Master Pianists series not only presents pianists of established international renown, each season it also offers opportunities to at least one promising young pianist. For many talented young pianists, such a recital is seen as another step on the path to a major career.