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.

 

Carmen  |  February 23 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.

Daphnis et Chloé  |  February 27 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

This Ravel evening brings together two ballets on the themes of love and seduction. Whilst one of them – virtuoso and colorful – displays fluid classical lines, the other – all in red and black – is stark but seething with eroticism. In Daphnis and Chloé (2013), Benjamin Millepied recounts how love between a shepherd and a shepherdess triumphs over temptations and threats. In Maurice Béjart’s Boléro (1961), a soloist captivates his audience from the top of a table.

Monteverdi  |  February 28 2018 - 20:00

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

In the foreword of his Eighth Madrigal Book, Monteverdi describes the many years he struggled to properly express his feelings in his music. The book sums up more than twenty years of experimentation. The collection has been carefully built up into two mirrored parts dedicated to love and war and reflects the possibilities Monteverdi discovered. The Ricercar Consort takes us on a journey of exploration into this unique universe.

Giselle  |  March 1 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

The peasant girl Giselle discovers the true identity of her lover Albrecht – and that he is promised to another. Giselle kills herself. Her soul enters the ranks of the Wilis – shades of young women who died before their wedding day. All men that come across their path are compelled to dance themselves to death, and Albrecht falls into their trap. Giselle’s intercession saves Albrecht and releases her soul from the Wilis’ power.

Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth  |  March 1 2018 - 20:00

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

For years, the viola has unfairly had the reputation of being the ‘misfit’ of the string family. However, the arrival of soloists such as Tabea Zimmerman has brought an end to this misplaced banter. Zimmerman brings this elegant instrument fully to life with an exceptionally rich and warm sound and a superhuman playing technique. In Berlioz’s ‘Harold in Italy’, the viola provides an adventurous translation of the romantic exploits and tavern visits of the roguish explorer Harold.

Tosca  |  March 3 2018 - 12:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller. The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca.

Don Quichotte  |  March 4 2018 - 14:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

Prominent foreign companies like the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre have triumphed for many years with Don Quichotte. The version by leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky in 2010 was the first full-length Don Quichotte ballet to be staged in the Netherlands. Since then, the production has received acclaim as far afield as China, and the dancers of the leading roles have been nominated for many major dance awards.

Carmen  |  March 6 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.

In the Future  |  March 10 2018 - 19:30

Venue : De Meervaart, Amsterdam

New to the Junior Company is the ballet In the Future, by Hans van Manen to music by David Byrne. Van Manen created the work in 1986 for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and it has since been danced by Stuttgarter Ballett and Introdans Ensemble for Youth, among other companies. It is the first time that Dutch National Ballet has danced In the Future, which is an energetic, swinging, amusing and surprising work, with inventive costumes by Keso Dekker.

Das Floß der Medusa  |  March 13 2018 - 20:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

Das Floß der Medusa tells the story of the French frigate Méduse, which was wrecked on the sandbanks off Mauritania in 1816. The French government left the 150 victims to their fate. This scandalous episode from history was immortalised in the enormous painting Le radeau de la Méduse by Théodore Géricault.

Carmen  |  March 16 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.

Benvenuto Cellini  |  March 17 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Invariably embroiled in conspiracies, intrigues and quarrels, Cellini is commissioned by the Pope to cast a large sculpture of Perseus. He is loved by Teresa, but she is promised to Fieramosca, an academic artist who has not been favoured with a papal commission. Terry Gilliam’s exuberant production draws the protagonists into a delirious and joyful yet claustrophobic and megalomaniac world: a flaring up of contagious madness.

From the House of the Dead  |  March 19 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

From the House of the Dead is Janáček’s final work and arguably his most powerful. Completed just before his death and first performed posthumously in 1930, the opera is based on Dostoyevsky’s semi-autobiographical novel describing life in a Siberian gulag. Janáček does not soften that harsh reality at the heart of his tale, but imbues the work with compassion in its honest depiction of humanity’s difficult truths. The result is one of his most humane and inspiring creations.

Kurt Weill Story  |  March 21 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Nothing more was required to bring together the artists of the Paris Opera Academy in Kurt Weill Story. Rivals on stage and in affairs of the heart, but comrades backstage, they take up the fight to conquer the jury and pour heart and soul into the music. The generous, joyful and virtuoso crew of singers, coaches and musicians of the Academy take us on a voyage via arias written for the great Brechtian epics, operas written for Broadway, French chansons and Berlin Theatre Songs coloured by the tribulations of the always surprising Kurt Weill.

Opera Forward Festival  |  March 22 2018 - 20:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

In March 2018, Dutch National Opera presents the third edition of the Opera Forward Festival, with as its central theme Fate and Understanding. Through Opera Forward, Dutch National Opera creates opportunities for new works, new initiatives and new talent.

Kurt Weill Story  |  March 24 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Nothing more was required to bring together the artists of the Paris Opera Academy in Kurt Weill Story. Rivals on stage and in affairs of the heart, but comrades backstage, they take up the fight to conquer the jury and pour heart and soul into the music. The generous, joyful and virtuoso crew of singers, coaches and musicians of the Academy take us on a voyage via arias written for the great Brechtian epics, operas written for Broadway, French chansons and Berlin Theatre Songs coloured by the tribulations of the always surprising Kurt Weill.

Macbeth  |  March 25 2018 - 15:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

Benvenuto Cellini  |  March 29 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Invariably embroiled in conspiracies, intrigues and quarrels, Cellini is commissioned by the Pope to cast a large sculpture of Perseus. He is loved by Teresa, but she is promised to Fieramosca, an academic artist who has not been favoured with a papal commission. Terry Gilliam’s exuberant production draws the protagonists into a delirious and joyful yet claustrophobic and megalomaniac world: a flaring up of contagious madness.

Macbeth  |  March 31 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.