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.

 

Ravel / Debussy  |  December 2 2017 - 19:30

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

"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.

La clemenza di Tito  |  December 3 2017 - 14:30

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.

Don Quichotte  |  December 9 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opera, 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.

The Sleeping Beauty  |  December 11 2017 - 19:30

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.

Falstaff  |  December 13 2017 - 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'.

The Nutcracker  |  December 15 2017 - 12:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

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.