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.

 

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.

Summernight at the Opera: Verdi, Puccini   |  July 1 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Robeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film scores. Top musicians from the Netherlands and around the world bring you all your favourite classical pieces, as well as some surprises! In the beautiful Mirror Hall there is a summer restaurant where you can enjoy a dinner before the concert. Or take a look backstage before the concert with one of our concert hall tours.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann  |  July 2 2018 - 19:00

Venue : De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

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 provides the opportunity to make choices.

The Wayward Daughter  |  July 3 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Although one of the oldest action ballets in history, it does not appear in the least dated. 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  |  July 5 2018 - 20:00

Venue : De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

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 Pasquale   |  July 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.

Falstaff  |  July 10 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera tells the tale of a portly knight with an irrepressible appetite for life, love and laughter. Falstaff crowned a career that spanned more than fifty years. Arrigo Boito – with whom Verdi also collaborated on Otello and the revisions for Simon Boccanegra – created a sparkling libretto based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Parts I and II. Verdi matched the libretto’s sprightliness with a score full of quicksilver switches in mood and tempo. Falstaff had its premiere in Milan in 1893 when Verdi was 79 and was instantly hailed as a masterpiece.

Boris Godounov  |  July 12 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In 1824, when Pushkin turned to Boris Godunov for his first historical drama, he knew only too well what a colossus he was tackling. It was armed with his reading of Shakespeare that he matched his skills to the dazzling reign of the Tzar of Russia (1598-1605. Adapting this epic poem, Mussorgsky composed a meditation on the solitude of power, a populist drama in which the real protagonist is the Russian people with its burden of eternal suffering.

Le Trouvère  |  July 13 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.

Don Giovanni  |  July 17 2018 - 19:00

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.

Valery Gergiev, Daniel Lozakovich, George Li, Pretty Yende  |  July 19 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Verbier Festival, Zwitserland

In an opening concert worthy of this 25th Verbier Festival, Valery Gergiev sets the tone for what we can expect in the years to come – fostering the next generation of young soloists and orchestra musicians. The programme also features the work of Rodion Shchedrin friend and important fixture of the Festival.

Janine Jansen, Elisabeth Leonskaja  |  July 20 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Verbier Festival, Zwitserland

It would be impossible to find a better pairing than that of Janine Jansen and Elisabeth Leonskaja to perform Beethoven’s C minor sonata, a work of symphonic scope, intensity and humour. They also play Beethoven’s A minor sonata and Schumann’s delectably songful sonata in the same key.

L'Ange de Nisida in Concert  |  July 21 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, Londons

The soldier Leone has fallen in love with the mysterious Sylvia, and travels illicitly to the island Nisida to see her. She loves him in return but begs him to forget her – she is the king’s mistress. Meanwhile, the king faces political pressure to abandon Sylvia. The king learns of Leone’s love. He decides to marry Leone to Sylvia, and then send Leone away so that Sylvia can remain his mistress. Leone discovers the plot and flees, determined to enter a holy order. He is followed by Sylvia, who begs his forgiveness before she dies.

Evgeny Kissin  |  July 22 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Verbier Festival, Zwitserland

Evgeny Kissin brings his infinite resources of colour and touch to a choice programme. Three Chopin nocturnes settle into the air before Schumann’s exquisite — out F minor sonata, then eight of Debussy’s evocative preludes precede the dream and drama of Scriabin’s compact fourth sonata.

Jorge Luis Prats plays Falla  |  July 24 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Robeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film scores. Top musicians from the Netherlands and around the world bring you all your favourite classical pieces, as well as some surprises! In the beautiful Mirror Hall there is a summer restaurant where you can enjoy a dinner before the concert. Or take a look backstage before the concert with one of our concert hall tours.

Beethoven's Symphont no. 3, Ravel & Adams   |  July 25 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Robeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film scores. Top musicians from the Netherlands and around the world bring you all your favourite classical pieces, as well as some surprises! In the beautiful Mirror Hall there is a summer restaurant where you can enjoy a dinner before the concert. Or take a look backstage before the concert with one of our concert hall tours.

Verbier Chamber Orchestra: András Schiff, Vilde Frang, Tabea Zimmermann  |  July 27 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Verbier Festival, Zwitserland

András Schiff leaves his piano offstage to conduct Mendelssohn’s buoyant music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the absorbing dialogue of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Then at the piano, he turns to Bach’s turbulent F minor concerto and one of Beethoven’s youthful masterpieces.

Ella van Poucke & Friends: Schumann and Fauré  |  July 28 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Robeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film scores. Top musicians from the Netherlands and around the world bring you all your favourite classical pieces, as well as some surprises! In the beautiful Mirror Hall there is a summer restaurant where you can enjoy a dinner before the concert. Or take a look backstage before the concert with one of our concert hall tours.