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.

 

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.

Benvenuto Cellini  |  April 1 2018 - 14:30

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.

Orpheus And Eurydice  |  April 2 2018 - 14:30

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.

Coraline  |  April 4 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Coraline opens a mysterious door in her parents’ home to discover an Other World. It is inhabited by her Other Mother and Other Father, who have buttons instead of eyes. Everything seems better in the Other World – to start with, at least. Coraline discovers that the Other Mother wants to trap her in the Other World forever, and has kidnapped Coraline’s real parents to try to force her hand. But Coraline tricks her and she and her parents finally escape safely back home.

Dutch Doubles  |  April 5 2018 - 20:15

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet aims to regularly present world premieres, and this aim is recognised internationally as well. For instance, The New York Times acclaimed us as one of the five ballet companies to make an important contribution to the future of dance by continually presenting new creations. Delighted by this recognition, in Dutch Doubles we are bringing you world premieres by Ernst Meisner and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Déjà Vu by Hans van Manen and Two and Only by Wubkje Kuindersma, created in close collaboration with musicians they admire.

9  |  April 7 2018 - 20:15

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Cas Public, a company from Quebec performing regularly at the Paris Opera, has in its midst an atypical dancer. Cai Glover is deaf. This handicap, which he overcame to become a professional dancer, is the point of departure for the choreographer whose creativity dares to attempt the impossible. Perception, experience and understanding. It is our senses that permit us to grasp the world around us. So how do you embrace all the exuberance and grandeur of the Ninth Symphony if, like Beethoven, you have no sense of hearing?

Manon  |  April 11 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk  |  April 12 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Downtrodden housewife Katerina is seduced by Sergey. They are spotted by Katerina’s father-in-law Boris. Katerina poisons Boris and with Sergey’s help murders her husband Zinovy. At Katerina and Sergey’s wedding Zinovy’s body is discovered. They are deported to a prison camp. There Sergey taunts Katerina with his new lover Sonyetka. Katerina drowns herself, taking Sonyetka with her.

Verdi Happening  |  April 15 2018 - 14:30

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

Passion, drama, despair, love and power, all in the form of throbbing pathos, arias of heavenly beauty and enthralling orchestral sounds. The profoundly felt operas of Giuseppe Verdi are among the very greatest in the repertoire. This year, the annual Composer Happening organised by deSingel and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is for the first time focusing on a full-blooded opera composer. For every note he put down on paper, Verdi viewed the human condition through a magnifying glass.

Philharmonia Orchestra olv. Esa-Pekka Salonen  |  April 18 2018 - 19:15

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

The Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has many qualities. He is a masterful motivator, is highly socially engaged, and has a constant desire for renewal. After an exceptionally successful eighteen seasons at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a few years ago Salonen took charge of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, again to great acclaim.

Gurre-Lieder  |  April 19 2018 - 20:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

The story harks back to a Scandinavian saga, situated in Gurre. King Waldemar loves the girl Tove, a mysterious character, connected to both the world of people and the world of birds. The queen is jealous and has Tove killed. The Wood Dove tells of this in a moving song and the king accuses God of cruelty. A nightmarish scene follows, of a fierce army killed in battle, which rampages like a horde of ghosts. The radiant dawn at the end of Gurre-Lieder shows the insignificance of human destiny compared to the power of nature.

Concert Ralph van Raat Integrale Etudes, Ligeti  |  April 21 2018 - 20:00

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

György Ligeti’s ‘Etudes’ are to the twentieth century what the ‘Wohltemperierte Klavier’ was to the eighteenth century and Chopin’s ‘Etudes’ to the nineteenth: the bible for pianists. They caused a musical earthquake and are some of the most difficult pieces ever written for the piano. The Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat will be taking up this challenge and performing all sixteen etudes in a single evening. This promises to be an overwhelming experience, for as well a dizzying virtuosity. The ‘Etudes’ include a wide range of different styles.

4.48 Psychosis  |  April 24 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Kane’s play was first performed posthumously in 2000. It does not specify cast or stage directions, instead presenting 24 fragmented episodes that draw on Kane’s own struggles with depression. Kane’s message is dark and at times harrowing, but leavened with poetry, humour and a humane warmth that only deepens the text’s emotional impact. Venables sets the play for six female singers and chamber ensemble, who are integrated into the action in Ted Huffman’s fluid production.

Piggy In The Middle / Sing or Swim  |  April 26 2018 - 18:15

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

The film Sink or Swim directed by Louis-Jack is a poetic depiction of depression through underwater ballet. With choreography by Charlotte Edmonds and featuring Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward, it delves into the mind of someone battling to keep their head above water. In 2015 Edmonds became the first participant of The Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme. In addition to her work with The Royal Ballet, she has choreographed for companies including Yorke Dance Project, Dutch National Ballet Junior Company and Opera Holland Park.

Parsifal  |  April 27 2018 - 18:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

The ultimate incarnation of the new man on whom Wagner meditated all his life? Beginning with the legend of Percival and the Holy Grail, the composer brought his reflections on the fight between good and evil to their ultimate conclusion from which are born the virtues of compassion and renunciation, Richard Jones takes up the challenge of unifying time and space in the composer’s final operatic gesture: Ein Bühnenweihfestspiel or festival play for the consecration of the stage, unique in its beauty.

Marguerite and Armand  |  April 30 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Marguerite, a Parisian courtesan, lies on her deathbed. She recalls her tragic love affair with Armand in a series of feverish flashbacks. The ballet is set to Franz Liszt’s La lugubre gondola and his famous Piano Sonata in B Minor. It depicts the burgeoning love between Marguerite and Armand, movingly expressed through passionate lifts and increasingly free movements. However, the lovers’ happiness is threatened by social convention and the ‘gilded cage’ in which Marguerite lives – evoked by Cecil Beaton in his elegant stage designs.