Monte-Carlo Philharmonic opens new season with Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony

In the year which celebrates the centenary of the birth of Prince Rainier III, Kazuki Yamada leads the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (OPMC) in the opening concert of the 2023-24 season. The programme features Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No 3, Sinfonia Sacra, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 2, Resurrection. Read more ….

Dutch National Ballet opens new season with Balanchine’s ‘The Four Temperaments’

Anna Ol, Victor Caixeta, Jessica Xuan and Constantine Allen in Balanchine’s
‘The Four Temperaments’ © Marta Syrko

The Dutch National Ballet opens its 2023-24 season with a fascinating programme. The largest ballet company in the Netherlands performs George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Hans van Manen’s Frank Bridge Variations and two new works – The Chairman Dances by artistic director Ted Brandsen and the world premiere of Full Frontal by Juanjo Arqués. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera opens new season with Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’

Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’ with Ekaterina Semenchuk as Azucena and members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Eun Sun Kim, Music Director of San Francisco Opera, continues her Verdi cycle, as the Company stages Sir David McVicar’s production of Il trovatore. Read more ….

Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s 2023 Tour

The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra – courtesy Metropolitan Opera

Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson and the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra celebrate the first anniversary of the Orchestra’s founding with a 2023 tour which takes in performances in Warsaw, Gdansk, Berlin, Lucerne, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Snape and London. As The Globe and Mail writes: “The Russian Forces are no match for the power of Ukraine’s cultural legacy”. Read more ….

Greek National Opera stages revival of Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’

Scene from Greek National Opera’s production of ‘Nabucco’ at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
© Dimitris Sakalakis

Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate (Fly, thought, on golden wings) – the opening words of one of the most beautiful and well-known choruses in the world of opera. It’s the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco, sung as they gather on the banks of the Euphrates River, lamenting the loss of their fatherland. Read more ….

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo ends season with Maillot’s ‘Cinderella’

Scene from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s production of ‘Cinderella’ © Alice Blangero

In the final programme of L’Été danse! this season, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo stages Jean-Christophe Maillot’s interpretation of Cinderella, in which he takes a fresh look at this well-known fairy tale. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Philharmonic presents season of Concerts at the Prince’s Palace

The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in the Cour d’Honneur of
the Prince’s Palace, Monaco © Gaetan Luci

The summer season of Concerts at the Prince’s Palace opens in the Principality of Monaco this month. Given by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring a series of illustrious conductors and soloists, these concerts take place in the glorious surroundings of the Cour d’Honneur at the Prince’s Palace. Read more ….

Tan Dun leads Concertgebouw Orchestra in world premiere of ‘Requiem for Nature’

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at de Gashouder in 2022 © marcel molle

This year’s Holland Festival closes with the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Requiem for Nature at the Westergas-Gashouder in Amsterdam, in which the composer leads the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Lauren Symfonisch and soloists from several parts of East-Asia. Read more ….

San Francisco Playhouse revives award-winning musical ‘A Chorus Line’

The San Francisco Playhouse production of ‘A Chorus Line’ Photo Jessica Palipoli

A revival of the fabulous musical, A Chorus Line, has opened at the San Francisco Playhouse. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera stages Local Premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s ‘El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego’

Daniela Mack as Frida Kahlo, Alfredo Daza as Diego Rivera and Yaritza Véliz as Catrina in Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz’s ‘El último sueño de Frida y Diego’
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

The San Francisco premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego, is to be staged by San Francisco Opera at the War Memorial Opera House as of this week. Read more ….

Dutch National Opera brings Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ into the 20th century

Johanni van Oostrum stars in the title role of Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ for Dutch National Opera
© Clärchen and Matthias Baus

Recognized as Antonin Dvořák’s most successful creation for stage, the opera Rusalka has had a modern makeover in Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M Krenn’s adaptation for Dutch National Opera. Read more ….

New production of Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ opens San Francisco Opera’s Summer Season

Karah Son as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opens its 2023 Summer Season with one of the world’s best loved operas, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, in a co-production with The Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation, Semperoper Dresden and the Royal Danish Opera. Read more ….

Nice Opera stages updated version of Puccini’s ‘La bohème’

Photo courtesy Nice Opera

In this updated version of Puccini’s much-loved opera for Nice Opera, director Kristian Frédric has brought the setting of Puccini’s La bohème forward to the 1990s – a time at which the AIDS epidemic, as opposed to consumption, was shattering both lives and dreams. Read more ….

Met Opera’s new production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ ‘Live in HD’

A scene from Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ with Ana María Martínez as Donna Elvira, Federica Lombardi as Donna Anna, Peter Mattei as Don Giovanni, Ben Bliss as Don Ottavio, and Ying Fang as Zerlina. Photo: Karen Almond / Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s latest Live in HD transmission stars the baritone regarded as one of the most acclaimed Don Giovannis of our time – Peter Mattei. This new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, is by Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove in his debut with the Met, and features soprano Federica Lombardi as Giovanni’s potential conquest Donna Anna. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Philharmonic plays Elgar and Dvořák

The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra with Artistic & Music Director Kazuki Yamada
© Sasha Gusov

This week, Cornelius Meister leads the the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Violin Concerto by Sir Edward Elgar – with Frank Peter Zimmerman as soloist – and Dvořák’s Symphony No 6, in a concert titled Pride and Dignity. Read more ….

Greek National Opera marks Centennial Anniversary of Maria Callas

Maria Callas as Norma at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in 1960 – Photo GNO Archive

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Maria Callas, regarded as the greatest soprano of the 20th century. For the rest of this year, and into January 2024, Greek National Opera are celebrating with a series of events paying homage to Callas, as part of the 2023 UNESCO Maria Callas Anniversary, presented by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera honors the memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Monument
Photo: Rafal Grunt
The monument is located in the area of the former ghetto, in the vicinity of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. A copy of the monument was also erected at the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.

On April 28, San Francisco Opera and Taube Philanthropies stage a special concert called Rise Up And Resist: A Commemorative Concert on the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet stages the ever popular ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Misa Kuranaga and Angelo Greco in Tomasson’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ © Erik Tomasson

Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy about the doomed young lovers of Verona has been recreated in almost every theatrical form for hundreds of years, and this week San Francisco Ballet continues its 2023 season with Helgi Tomasson’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. Read more ….

Met Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ brings Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ to cinemas

Lise Davidsen as the Marschallin in Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Strauss’s grand Viennese comic opera Der Rosenkavalier comes to cinema screens in the latest Metropolitan Opera Live in HD production, in which audiences worldwide have an opportunity to watch a live transmission from the stage of Lincoln Center in New York. Read more ….

Opéra de Monte-Carlo presents Rossini’s ‘Il barbiere de Siviglia’

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A beautiful lady, two suitors and a town barber who misses nothing – what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, it seems, as Opéra de Monte-Carlo presents Gioachino Rossini’s hugely popular Il barbiere di Siviglia. Read more ….

Slobodeniouk leads Beatrice Rana & the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra © Benjamin Ealovega

This week the London Philharmonic Orchestra presents two performances of a programme under the title Heroes and Heroines – one at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and the second at the Brighton Dome. The Orchestra is led by Dima Slobodeniouk, with Beatrice Rana as guest soloist, playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1. Also on the programme is Sibelius’ Second Symphony and Stride, a work by Tania Léon. Read more ….

Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Cinderella’ returns to San Francisco Ballet

Sasha De Sola and Luke Ingham in Wheeldon’s Cinderella© // © Erik Tomasson

Continuing its 2023 Season, San Francisco Ballet stages Christopher Wheeldon’s magical interpretation of the story of Cinderella, set to Sergei Prokofiev‘s glorious score. Read more ….

Met Opera presents Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’ ‘Live in HD’

A scene from Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’ with Piotr Beczała in the title role
Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Viewers around the world have an opportunity to watch Wagner’s Lohengrin this weekend, either in the cinema or at home, as the Metropolitan Opera presents the latest in its award-winning Live in HD series. Read more ….

Printemps des Arts celebrates the performing arts in Monte-Carlo

Image courtesy Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

This year’s celebration of the performing arts in Monte-Carlo – Printemps des Arts – is taking place from 8th March to 2nd April. Read more ….

Chailly and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra celebrate Rachmaninoff anniversary with Mao Fujita

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra © Simon Van Boxtel

April 1st this year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest of Russian composers – Serge Rachmaninoff. Conductor emeritus Riccardo Chailly leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a commemorative concert of two of Rachmaninoff’s major works – his Piano Concerto No 2 featuring the young Japanese guest soloist, Mao Fujita, and his Symphony No 1. Read more ….

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninov with San Francisco Symphony

Yuja Wang (c) Julia Wesely

Yuja Wang is the dazzling guest artist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 at Davies Symphony Hall this week, with the San Francisco Symphony led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read more ….

Akram Khan’s ‘Creature’ to be screened in UK cinemas

Akram Khan’s Creature is set for release in UK cinemas this weekend. Choreographed by Khan, and based on the English National Ballet production of 2021, the film is directed by Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia, and set to the score composed for the ballet Creature by Vincenzo Lamagna. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet presents ‘Giselle’ – the most famous of the Romantic era ballets

Misa Kuranaga and Angelo Greco in the Act II pas de deux from Tomasson’s Giselle
© Quinn Wharton

As part of San Francisco Ballet’s 2023 Repertory Season, the Company presents Giselle – one of the oldest classical ballets still being performed today and the most famous of the Romantic era ballets. Read more ….

Nice Opera presents Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

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Against a backdrop of vocal brilliance, powerful emotions and internecine battles, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor has all the makings of a highly dramatic opera. Nice Opera brings to the stage this co-production with Teatro Verdi de Pise. Read more ….

English National Opera brings back Bieito’s production of ‘Carmen

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English National Opera brings back Calixto Bieito’s bold and gritty production of Bizet’s hugely popular opera Carmen – last staged by ENO in 2020. Directed by Jamie Manton, the opera stars mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson as the fiery, passionate and seductive Carmen, and tenor Sean Panikkar as Don José, the army corporal who falls for her attractions. Read more ….

Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ opens 2023 for Nice Opera

Poster for Nice Opera’s production of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio – courtesy Nice Opera

Nice Opera has selected Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, for its first production of 2023. With an underlying theme of love, fidelity, sacrifice and the liberation from oppression, Fidelio stars Angélique Boudeville as Leonore, Gregory Kunde as her husband Florestan, Thomas Ghazeli as Don Pizarro, Birger Radde as Don Fernando, and Albert Dohmen as Rocco. Read more ….

Cecilia Bartoli stars in Handel’s ‘Alcina’ at Monte-Carlo Opera

Cecilia Bartoli in the title role of Handel’s ‘Alcina’ © Monika Rittershaus/Monte-Carlo Opera

As of this year, Cecilia Bartoli takes over the role of director of Monte-Carlo Opera – the first woman to hold this position in the history of this opera house. Ms Bartoli also stars in Handel’s Alcina, the first production by Monte-Carlo Opera of this new year. Read more ….

Met Opera presents Giordano’s ‘Fedora’ ‘Live in HD’

Sonya Yoncheva as Fedora and Piotr Beczała as Loris Ipanoff in Giordano’s ‘Fedora’
© Ken Howard / Met Opera

This weekend’s Live in HD transmission from the Metropolitan Opera features Umberto Giordano’s Fedora, starring Sonya Yoncheva and Piotr Beczała. Read more ….

Ehnes plays Prokofiev with Elim Chan and SF Symphony

James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega

Violinist James Ehnes is the guest artist in this week’s San Francisco Symphony concert – the first of two this month featuring conductors making their debuts at Davies Symphony Hall. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Ballet closes the year with Maillot’s ‘Faust’

Scene from Maillot’s ‘Faust’ © Marie-Laure Briane

For the final production of the year, Jean-Christophe Maillot and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo have selected a work which was first staged in Monaco in 2007 – Maillot’s interpretation of the story of Faust, he who sold his soul to the devil in return for eternal youth and a life of pleasure. Read more ….

Metropolitan Opera screens ‘The Hours’ ‘Live in HD’

Kelli O’Hara as Laura Brown, Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan, and Joyce DiDonato as Virginia Woolf in Kevin Puts’s ‘The Hours’ Photo: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

Cinema audiences worldwide will have an opportunity on Saturday to watch the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Hours as part of The Met: Live in HD series. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Opera stages Delibes’ ‘Lakmé’

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Monte-Carlo Opera presents Léo Delibes’ Lakmé – an opera set in a location both exotic and beautiful, with mysterious religious rituals, and the added intrigue of Western colonials living in a foreign country. Read more ….

Gerstein performs Dutch premiere of Adès’ Piano Concerto

Thomas Adès rehearsing the Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie in 2018
© Mathias Benguigui

This month, Thomas Adès leads the Concertgebouworkest in the Dutch premiere of his Piano Concerto. The soloist is internationally renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein who plays a special version of Liszt’s Totentanz as well. The concert also features the first Dutch performance of Veronika Krausas’ Caryatids, and Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. Read more ….

Greek National Opera Ballet presents new production of ‘Don Quixote’

Daniil Simkin and Maia Makhateli in ‘Don Quixote’ © Haris Akriviadis

Ludwig Minkus’ Don Quixote is a lovely, light-hearted ballet – fun, colourful and entertaining, with a lively score and a wonderfully old-fashioned story in which all’s well that ends well – perfect for the run-up to the Festive Season. Read more ….

New production of Gluck’s ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ for San Francisco Opera

Meigui Zhang and Jakub Józef Orliński (with dancers) in the title roles of Gluck’s ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ © Matthew Washburn/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera presents the original 1762 Viennese edition of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice (Orfeo ed Eurydice) in a new staging by Matthew Ozawa. This production stars countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as Orpheus, soprano Meigui Zhang as Eurydice and soprano Nicole Heaston as Amore. The conductor is Peter Whelan. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Opera honours Raoul Gunsbourg with ‘The Damnation of Faust’

Poster courtesy Monte-Carlo Opera

This year marks the centenary of the death of Prince Albert I of Monaco, and appropriately, Monte-Carlo Opera pays tribute to one of its early directors, Raoul Gunsbourg, who was appointed to this role by Prince Albert I in 1892. Read more ….

Czech Philharmonic celebrates Velvet Revolution with Rattle & Kožená

Sir Simon Rattle & Magdalena Kožená with the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic (Music Director Semyon Bychkov) celebrates the anniversary of The Velvet Revolution this year with a series of concerts led by Sir Simon Rattle. The guest artist is Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, and the programme features Ravel’s Five Greek Folk Songs, Béla Bartók’s Five Hungarian Folk Songs and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 9. Read more ….

MTT makes return visit to San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas (c) Vahan Stepanyan

Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, returns to Davies Symphony Hall this month to lead the orchestra in two programs. The first features the United States premiere of Danny Elfman’s Cello Concerto with guest artist Gautier Capuçon, and the following week MTT leads an all-Brahms program with guest pianist Emanuel Ax. Read more ….

Metropolitan Opera screens Verdi’s ‘La traviata – Live in HD

The prelude of Verdi’s ‘La traviata’ Photo: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera

Cinema audiences worldwide have an opportunity this Saturday to watch the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Verdi’s beloved tragedy, La traviata – live from the stage of Lincoln Center in New York. Read more ….

Nice Opera opens new season with Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’

Photo courtesy Nice Opera

Nice Opera opens the 2022-23 opera season with Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula. Directed by one of today’s leading tenors, Rolando Villazón, and Jean-Michel Criqui, this new staging of La Sonnambula is a co-production between the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Semperoper Dresden, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Read more ….

Met Opera launches new ‘Live in HD’ series with Cherubini’s ‘Medea’

Sondra Radvanovsky as Medea and Matthew Polenzani as Giasone in Cherubini’s ‘Medea’ Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera opens its new season of Live in HD award-winning cinema simulcasts with a highly acclaimed production of Cherubini’s rarely-performed masterpiece, Medea. Read more ….

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra opens San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers series

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (c) Upstream Photography

This month, the San Francisco Symphony presents the first in its 2022-23 Great Performers concerts, in which world-class artists and visiting orchestras appear at Davies Symphony Hall throughout the current season. Read more ….

Plasson & Nice Philharmonic celebrate Franck bicentennial

Conductor Michel Plasson – courtesy Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur

This week, internationally renowned conductor Michel Plasson leads the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of French composer, César Franck. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera continues Centennial Season with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’

Gordon Bintner in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’

In the second production of its Centennial Season, San Francisco Opera presents Tchaikovsky’s interpretation of Alexandr Pushkin’s Romantic tragedy, Eugene Onegin. Read more ….

Yamada & Monte-Carlo Philharmonic open season with Lozakovich playing Tchaikovsky

Kazuki Yamada & the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra © Sasha Gusov

Kazuki Yamada and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra open the 2022-23 season with a programme of favourites – Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Symphony No 9. The guest artist is the highly acclaimed young violinist Daniel Lozakovich. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera opens Centennial Season with Adams’ ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

Amina Edris (center) as Cleopatra in John Adams’ ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opens its Centennial Season with John Adams’ spectacular new work, Antony and Cleopatra. Read more ….

United Ukrainian Ballet performs Ratmansky’s ‘Giselle’ at London Coliseum

Ratmansky’s ‘Giselle’ – United Ukrainian Ballet © Altin Kaftira

Giselle, one of the oldest classical ballets in the repertoire, and certainly one of the greatest Romantic era ballets, is to be performed by the United Ukrainian Ballet at the London Coliseum this month. Read more ….

Ballet Nice takes contemporary look at legend of Cassandra

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Ballet Nice Méditerranée opens its 2022-23 season with Cassandra, choreographer Luciano Cannito’s contemporary take on the legend of the mythological heroine. Read more ….

Gramophone’s ‘Orchestra of the Year Festival’ streams online

The Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov © Petra Hajska

For the fifth consecutive year, Gramophone hosts its Classical Music Awards, during which the 2022 Orchestra of the Year will be announced. This evening, Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Festival will be streamed online on the magazine’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Read more ….

Czech Philharmonic performs on Vltava River at Prague Sounds Festival

The Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Sounds festival © Daniel Vrabec

As part of the Prague Sounds Festival, and in celebration of the Czech Republic’s EU Presidency this year, the Czech Philharmonic, under Chief Conductor and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov, will appear in a programme of Czech music on a floating stage on the Vltava River in Prague on 2nd September. Read more ….

Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to perform in Europe, the UK and USA

Many nations the world over have enormous respect for the resilience and determination of the Ukranian people in the defence of their country – a national characteristic which is also symbolised by the creative artists which it has produced – wherever they happen to reside. Read more ….

Sicily’s Opera Festival of the Stone Theatres

The Andromeda Theatre of Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sicily

The Opera Festival of the Stone Theatres is now an established feature of the summer season on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. Read more ….

San Francisco Playhouse stages Sondheim’s ‘Follies’

San Francisco Playhouse opens another first-class musical this week – Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, described by The New York Times as “One of the greatest musicals ever written”. Read more ….

Met Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ season opens with Lehár’s ‘The Merry Widow’

Alek Shrader, Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn in Lehár’s ‘The Merry Widow’ © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

This week, the Metropolitan Opera opens the first of the Summer Encores performances from its Live in HD season. Lehár’s The Merry Widow will be screened in cinemas across the US and in select locations internationally, on Wednesday, July 13. Read more ….

‘Soirée 3 chorégraphes’ closes Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s ‘L’Été Danse!’

Poster for ‘L’Été Danse!’ © Alice Blangero

The final production of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s summer dance programme, L’Été Danse!, is a triple bill entitled Soirée 3 chorégraphes, which features works by the Company’s Choreographer-Director Jean-Christophe Maillot, Czech choreographer Jirí Kylián and Swedish choreographer Mats Ek. Read more ….

Opera Rara & Britten Sinfonia stage Mercadante’s ‘Il proscritto’

Opera Rara and the Britten Sinfonia present the first performance of Saverio Mercadante’s Il proscritto since the opera’s première in Naples in 1842. Read more ….

Nice Philharmonic closes season with Bringuier and Moreau

Cellist Edgar Moreau © Julien Mignot

The Nice Philharmonic Orchestra brings the 2021/22 season to a close with a programme of music by Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. The concerts are led by Niçois Lionel Bringuier – the Philharmonic’s Artiste Associé – with guest soloist Parisian cellist Edgar Moreau. Read more ….

‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ returns to San Francisco Opera

Meigui Zhang as Dai Yu in an early rehearsal of ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’

In the second production of its new season at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Opera stages the return of Dream of the Red Chamber. Read more ….

MTT leads Czech Philharmonic in works by Copland and Schubert

Michael Tilson Thomas © Spencer Lowell

Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra and Co-Founder and Artistic Director Laureate of the New World Symphony in Miami, this week leads the Czech Philharmonic in a programme of music by Aaron Copland and Franz Schubert. Read more …..

San Francisco Opera opens new season with Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’

Etienne Dupuis in the title role of ‘Don Giovanni’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opens its new season with the final part of its multi-year Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy in which the Company has presented all three collaborations by Mozart with librettist Lorenzo De Ponte. Read more ….

Trifonov plays Mason Bates with San Francisco Symphony

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta

German conductor Ruth Reinhardt makes her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in a concert which stars Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performing the West Coast Premiere of Mason Bates’ new Piano Concerto. Read more ….

Royal Ballet presents ‘Swan Lake’ in cinemas

On 19th May, The Royal Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s legendary Swan Lake live in cinemas around the United Kingdom, with an encore on Sunday 22nd May. Read more ….

Metropolitan Opera screens Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ live in cinemas

Scene from Act II of Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ © Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

As part of its ongoing The Met: Live in HD series, the Metropolitan Opera streams Puccini’s grand opera Turandot in cinemas the world over this coming weekend. Read more ….

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo gives opening performance of ‘Œil pour Œil’ for Ukraine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo rehearse Maillot’s ‘Œil pour Œil’ © Alice Blangero

It is gratifying to see how many arts organisations are giving performances in support of the people of Ukraine, and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo is no exception. This month, the Company dedicates the opening performance of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Œil pour Œil to this inspirational cause. Read more ….

Dudamel conducts San Francisco Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel © Danny Clinch

Gustavo Dudamel, surely one of the most charismatic conductors of his time, leads the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Mozart and Mahler. The featured works are Mozart’s Symphony No 38 in D major, known as the Prague Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No 5. Read more ….

Eugene Onegin’ returns to Metropolitan Opera

Ailyn Pérez as Tatiana and Igor Golovatenko in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ Photo: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera

Over the next week, the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin returns to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, where it opened on March 25th. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Philharmonic stages concert in support of Ukraine

Poster courtesy Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

Along with all of the cultural institutions of the Principality of Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra dedicates its concert of 8th April to the people of Ukraine, with all proceeds going to to the Monegasque Red Cross. Read more ….

World Premiere of Tomasson’s ‘Harmony’ for San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Harmony // © Erik Tomasson

In the fifth program of the current season, San Francisco Ballet presents the World Premiere of Helgi Tomasson’s Harmony – his final creation for the Company as its Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer. Also featured in this celebration of in-house works – those created for San Francisco Ballet by Company members – is Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, and Magrittomania, a quirky piece by Choreographer in Residence, Yuri Possokhov. Read more ….

SFJAZZ hosts NEA Jazz Masters Tribute

Courtesy SFJAZZ

This week, SFJAZZ – in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts – hosts the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, honouring Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison Jr, Billy Hart and Cassandra Wilson. This free concert also launches a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the program. Read more ….

Capuçon plays Tchaikovsky with Concertgebouworkest

Gautier Capuçon – © Anoush Abrar

This week, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouworkest is host to conductor Myung-whun Chung and cellist Gautier Capuçon who plays Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Also on the programme is Bruckner’s Symphony No 6. Read more ….

SFJAZZ Collective releases new album

Courtesy SFJAZZ

The SFJAZZ Collective has just released a new album – Live From SFJAZZ Center 2021: New Works Reflecting The Moment. Representing what’s currently happening in jazz, the Collective has a mission to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master, as well as newly commissioned pieces by each member of the group.  Read more ….

Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur presents a ‘Concert for Peace’

Poster courtesy Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur

Tomorrow evening, March 22nd, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and the City of Nice present a Concert for Peace in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Proceeds from this performance will be donated to an association which is helping the children of Ukraine during the devastating conflict in their country. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet presents West Coast premiere of Ratmansky’s ‘The Seasons’

Misa Kuranaga in Ratmansky’s The Seasons // © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet continues its 2022 season with contemporary updates of two classical ballets – a revival of Bournonville’s La Sylphide and the West Coast premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Seasons. Read more ….

International stars Dance for Ukraine

Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov in ‘Don Quixote’ © O Putrov

A fabulous evening of dance is scheduled for Saturday 19th March, when a host of international ballet stars present Dance for Ukraine – a fundraising gala at the London Coliseum – which has already sold out. Read more ….

Concert for Ukraine – Metropolitan Opera broadcasts & streams worldwide

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus sing the Ukranian National Anthem prior to the opening of ‘Don Carlos’ – courtesy Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera will hold a special benefit Concert for Ukraine [ on Monday, March 14th, at 6.00 pm (ET), in solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine. All ticket sales and other proceeds will go to supporting relief efforts in Ukraine. Read more ….

A preview of this year’s Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

Under the artistic direction of composer Bruno Mantovani, and with illustrious pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in residence, this year’s Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo has a wealth of wonderful performances on offer. Read more ….

Josefowicz plays Stravinsky with Salonen & SF Symphony

Leila Josefowicz, photographed by Chris Lee

This week the San Francisco Symphony is led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and joined by violinist Leila Josefowicz in a program of music which features the Symphony’s premiere of a work by Elizabeth Ogonek, the Violin Concerto in D Major by Igor Stravinsky and his music for the ballet The Rite of Spring. Read more ….

Metropolitan Opera presents original French version of Verdi’s ‘Don Carlos’

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Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Verdi’s ‘Don Carlos’ © Zenith Richards / Met Opera

For the first time ever, the Metropolitan Opera presents the original French-language version of Guiseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos. Set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, this story of passion and betrayal, of conflict between father and son, of political intrigue, heartbreak and devotion, stars tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role and soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet’s production of ‘Don Quixote’ is a delight

Mathilde Froustey in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote // © Erik Tomasson

Joyful and lively, with dazzling choreography and a wonderfully melodic score by Ludwig Minkus, Don Quixote is a hugely enjoyable ballet, and this staging by San Francisco Ballet’s Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and Choreographer-in-Residence, Yuri Possokhov, is a delight. Read more ….

New staging of Massenet’s ‘Werther’ for Monte-Carlo Opera

Poster courtesy Monte-Carlo Opera

This month, Monte-Carlo Opera presents a new staging of Jules Massenet’s Werther – a co-production with the Palau de Les Arts-Reina Sofia in Valencia – with Jean-François Borras in the title role, Stéphanie d’Oustrac as Charlotte and Jean-François Lapointe as Albert. Read more ….

Terri Lyne Carrington in residence at SFJAZZ

Courtesy SFJAZZ

From Wednesday to Sunday this week, SFJAZZ hosts the residency of Terri Lyne Carrington – 2021 NEA Jazz Master, GRAMMY® Award-winning composer, drummer, activist and 2019 Doris Duke Award recipient – as she presents five fabulous nights of music. Read more ….

World Premiere of Cathy Marston’s ‘Mrs Robinson’ opens San Francisco Ballet season

Sarah Van Patten and Joseph Walsh in Marston’s Mrs. Robinson // © San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet opened its 2022 season last evening with a triple bill featuring the World Premiere of Mrs Robinson – a new ballet by Cathy Marston – together with Helgi Tomasson’s Trio and George Balanchine’s Symphony in C. Read more ….

Concertgebouworkest streams ‘Made in America’ online

Christopher DeLorenzo’s illustration for ‘Made in America’

The Concertgebouworkest devotes the whole of this coming weekend to Made in America – music written by Americans or composed in the United States. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Opera presents Rossini’s ‘Il turco in Italia’

Love, infidelity and comedic drama are in the air in Gioachino Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, to be staged by Monte-Carlo Opera this month. Read more …..

MTT leads San Francisco Symphony with Gautier Capuçon & Yuja Wang

The San Francisco Symphony with music director Michael Tilson Thomas, during rehearsal at Davies Symphony Hall on Wednesday morning, November 2, 2016 Photo: Stefan Cohen

There’s a meeting of good friends at Davies Symphony Hall this month as the San Francisco Symphony welcomes Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas back to the podium, together with two hugely popular guest artists – cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Yuja Wang. Read more ….

English National Ballet stages new version of ‘Raymonda’

English National Ballet dancers in Tamara Rojo’s ‘Raymonda’ © Johan Persson

This week, English National Ballet stages a new version of Marius Petipa’s classic ballet, Raymonda – an interpretation created for the Company by Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo in her first production as director and choreographer. Read more …..

Honeck leads Czech Philharmonic in live-streamed New Year’s Gala Concert

Manfred Honeck leads the Czech Philharmonic in a New Year’s Gala Concert –
courtesy IMG Artists

The Czech Philharmonic will be streaming its New Year’s Gala Concert live from the Dvořák Hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday evening. This performance of magical Viennese music is led by Manfred Honeck, and stars Kyrgyz soprano Katharina Konradi and French horn player Radek Baborák. Read more ….

Met Opera presents Massenet’s ‘Cinderella’ Live in HD

Isabel Leonard in the title role of Massenet’s ‘Cinderella’ Photo: Karen Almond / Met Opera

On New Year’s Day, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts another production in its Live in HD series in cinemas throughout the world. On this first Saturday of 2022, the Met features Jules Massenet’s interpretation of one of the world’s favourite fairly tales, Cinderella, in an abridged, English-language version, specially adapted for family audiences – “.… a delight”, according to the New York Times. Read more ….

Royal Ballet streams The Dante Project

As part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the death of Italian poet Dante Alighieri, The Royal Ballet streams its highly acclaimed production of Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project as of Monday, 20th December. Read more ….

Gomyo plays Shostakovich with Bychkov & Czech Philharmonic

Karen Gomyo – courtesy Askonas Holt

Violinist Karen Gomyo plays the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, under Music Director and Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov, in a programme which includes a new work by Bryce Dessner and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Read more ….

SFJAZZ announces a new app

Courtesy SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ has a new app, which means that members can watch fabulous performances from the SFJAZZ Center from home, or from anywhere in the world. Read more ….

San Francisco Symphony plays Elgar and Tchaikovsky

Christian Tetzlaff plays the Elgar Violin Concerto © Giorgia Bertazzi

This week, Australian conductor Simone Young returns to Davies Symphony Hall, leading the San Francisco Symphony in a program of works by Sir Edward Elgar – his Violin Concerto – and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. The guest artist is German violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Read more ….

Rotterdam Philharmonic announces online concert season

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra brings a spectacular series of concerts to an online audience this season. Following the success of its live-streamed concerts earlier in the year, the Orchestra has just launched a new series of ten performances, starring some of the world’s finest soloists and conductors and all performed at the De Doelen concert hall in Rotterdam. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera presents ‘Così fan tutte’ onstage and online

Nicole Cabell as Fiordiligo and Irene Roberts as Dorabella in San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Così fan tutte’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera brings Mozart’s 1790 comedy Così fan tutte to the stage of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, as well as to audiences at home. This new production, by director Michael Cavanagh, is led by Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási and features soprano Nicole Cabell as Fiordiligi, mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts as Dorabella, tenor Ben Bliss as Ferrando, and baritone John Brancy as Guglielmo. Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto is Don Alfonso and soprano Nicole Heaston is Despina. Read more ….

Hrůša leads Czech Philharmonic in concert marking anniversary of Velvet Revolution

Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček – © Irene Kim

The 1989 Velvet Revolution – in what was then Czechoslavakia – marked the non-violent nationwide protest movement in November and December of that year, which ended more than 40 years of communist rule in the country. To commemorate this event, the Czech Philharmonic under Principal Conductor Jakub Hrůša, performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2, with Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček stepping in as soloist for Yuja Wang who was scheduled to appear, but has had to withdraw due to illness. Also on the programme are Leoš Janáček’s Suite for Orchestra and Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra. Read more ….

New opera season opens on the Côte d’Azur

Monte-Carlo Opera stages the Opéra Grand Avignon production of ‘Madame Butterfly’

Both Nice and Monte-Carlo opera companies open their 2021-22 season this month – with two very different works. Nice Opera stages its magnificent production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten and Monte-Carlo Opera presents Puccini’s heartbreaking yet utterly beautiful Madame Butterfly. Read more ….

Sadler’s Wells streams Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos

‘Chacona’ by Montero, Choreography – Goyo Montero,  Music – J.S. Bach, Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadlers Wells, 2021, Credit: Johan Persson

Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage has a new Video on Demand platform, which launches this week with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill Curated by Carlos. Audiences around the world will be able to watch this programme of works online at a time of their choosing, between 11th and 18th November. Read more ….

MTT returns to lead San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Davies Symphony Hall this month, delighting Bay Area audiences as he fufills two engagements with the San Francisco Symphony. In the first concert, the Music Director Laureate leads the Symphony in a program of music by Mozart – his Three German Dances, K 605 – MTT’s own composition Notturno – with flutist Demarre McGill as soloist – and Schumann’s Symphony No 1. Read more ….

‘Spartacus’ opens new Bolshoi in Cinema season

The Bolshoi Ballet, in association with Pathé Live, opens its 2021-22 cinema series with a magnificent performance of Spartacus live from the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 7th November. Read more ….

Met Opera screens Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ ‘Live in HD’

Angel Blue as Destiny, Walter Russell III as Char’es-Baby, Latonia Moore as Billie, and Will Liverman as Charles in Terence Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’
Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera continues its season of Live in HD cinema productions with Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, an adaptation of the memoir by Charles M Blow and the first opera by a Black composer to be presented by the Met. Read more ….

ABT’s New York Fall Season opens with ‘Giselle’

Skylar Brandt and Herman Cornejo in ‘Giselle’ Photo:  João Menegussi

American Ballet Theatre opens its first New York Fall Season for two years with the gorgeous Romantic-era ballet Giselle. With choreography after Jules Perrot, Jean Coralli and Marius Petipa, Giselle – set to Adolphe Adam’s sumptuous score – is one of the oldest classical ballets continually performed by ballet companies around the world. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera opens a new production of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

Russell Thomas as Florestan in Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opens a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio this week. Read more ….

Ballet Nice Méditerranée pays tribute to the influence of black artists

Ballet Nice Méditerranée, under the artistic direction of Éric Vu-An, presents five works in a programme entitled Black Dances Matter – paying tribute to the influence of black artists in the history of dance. Read more ….

English National Opera goes for diversity in 2021-22 season

English National Opera has something to suit all tastes for the 2021-22 season – ranging from the seriousness of actuality to the frivolous and lighthearted, with a healthy dash of passion and tragedy thrown into the mix. Read more …

Met Opera opens new ‘Live in HD’ season with ‘Boris Godunov’

René Pape in the title role of Mussorgsky’s ‘Boris Godunov’ Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Modest Mussorgsky’s magnificent historical opera, Boris Godunov, currently running at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, opens the Company’s Live in HD 2021-22 season. Read more ….

An unusual season opening for Salonen and San Francisco Symphony

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall, June 17, 2021 © Kristen Loken

In Esa-Pekka Salonen’s first opening night concert as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, he has opted for an unusual selection of works in a program which features the music of John Adams, Alberto Ginastera, Wayne Shorter and Silvestre Revueltas. The guest artists are dancers of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet and jazz stars Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese and Terri Lyne Carrington. Read more ….

Bychkov & Czech Philharmonic open new season with Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony

Semyon Bychkov & the Czech Philharmonic © Petra Hajska

The Czech Philharmonic, under Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov, opens its 126th season this week with a performance of the Shostakovich Symphony No 7 in C Major, Op 60 – Leningrad. Read more ….

Yamada & Monte-Carlo Philharmonic open new season with Beethoven

Kazuki Yamada & the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra © J C Vinaj

Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Kazuki Yamada leads the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in a rousing opening to the 2021-22 season with music by Beethoven – his Overture to Leonore No 2, Opus 72a, and his Symphony No 9 (Choral) Opus 125. Read more ….

English National Ballet premieres Akram Khan’s ‘Creature’

English National Ballet presents the long-anticipated world premiere of its new ballet, Akram Khan’s Creature. Read more ….

Kris Bowers in spectacular opening to new SFJAZZ season

Kris Bowers – courtesy SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ gets the new season off to a spectacular start next week with Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist Kris Bowers who takes to the stage of the Miner Auditorium for what promises to be a hugely memorable opening night on September 23rd. Read more ….

Concertgebouworkest celebrates opening of new season on Dam Square

The Concertgebouworkest celebrates the opening of the 2021-22 season on Friday evening with an open-air concert on Amsterdam’s Dam Square. Daniel Harding leads the orchestra in a varied light programme, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos as guest artist. Read more ….

Semyon Bychkov & Kirill Gerstein at the BBC Proms

Semyon Bychkov © Umberto Nicoletti

This Friday, Semyon Bychkov will be in London to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) in a programme comprising Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor – soloist Kirill Gerstein – and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 in A minor, Scottish. Read more …..

Sonya Yoncheva & Plácido Domingo – Gala Concert streamed from Sofia

The Saint Alexander Nevsky Square in Sofia is the setting for a highly-anticipated Gala Concert on August 31st, when soprano Sonya Yoncheva and baritone Plácido Domingo appear with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nayden Todorov. Read more ….

SFJAZZ Collective plays Jobim on ‘Fridays at Five’

The SFJAZZ Collective at the San Francisco Jazz Center – © Don Dixon

This week’s Fridays at Five session from SFJAZZ features the SFJAZZ Collective a group of musicians with an enviable international reputation, based at San Francisco’s JAZZ Center. This week’s streamed performance is devoted to the creator of the bossa nova style of music, Antônio Carlos Jobim. Read more ….

Inaugural season of San Francisco Opera’s Music Director opens with Puccini’s ‘Tosca’

Ailyn Pérez as Tosca & Michael Fabiano as Cavaradossi in San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ © Cory Weaver/SanFrancisco Opera

Eun Sun Kim opens her inaugural season as San Francisco Opera’s Music Director with Puccini’s Tosca – a work which has long been associated with significant moments in the history of the Company. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera closes ‘Opera is ON’ season with Donizetti’s ‘Roberto Devereux’

Sondra Radvanovsky in Donizetti’s ‘Roberto Devereux’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera goes back to the Tudor period with Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux – the final free stream of the Company’s Opera is ON series. In this production, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the role of Elisabetta, Queen of England, tenor Russell Thomas takes the title role, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is Sara, Duchess of Nottingham. Read more ….

Starry Nights: San Francisco Ballet celebrates Return to the Stage

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet, in partnership with Stanford Live, celebrates the joy of live performances in Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage in Stanford this week. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams Wagner’s ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’

Scene from San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Prior to the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 2021-22 season on August 21st, the Company has added two more productions to its Opera is ON season of free opera streams – Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Read more ….

Met Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ Summer Encores presents ‘Tosca’

Vittorio Grigolo & Sonya Yoncheva in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of ‘Tosca’ © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera continues its encore series of popular Live in HD transmissions from past seasons. The latest of these, Puccini’s historical melodrama Tosca, will be screened in cinemas in the United States (from August 4th) and the United Kingdom (from August 11th). Read more ….

González-Granados debuts with San Francisco Symphony

Lina González-Granados © Leona Campbell

In her first appearance with the San Francisco Symphony, Colombian conductor Lina González-Granados leads the Symphony in two concerts this week – at Davies Symphony Hall on July 30th, and at the Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, the following evening. Read more ….

‘Carmen’ features in Met Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ Summer Encores

Roberto Alagna as Don José and Elina Garanca in the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Taken at the Metropolitan Opera during the dress rehearsal on December 28, 2009

Bizet’s Carmen, regarded as one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, is the latest production to be screened in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Summer Encores season – a series of cinema screenings of some of the Company’s greatest productions. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams Strauss’ powerful ‘Elektra’

Christine Goerke in Strauss’ ‘Elektra’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Drama, bloodlust and murder rule in this dramatic production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra, starring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role – one of her greatest portrayals. Read more ….

Netopil leads Monte-Carlo Philharmonic in Concert at the Prince’s Palace

The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in the Courtyard of Honour – courtesy Visit Monaco

The traditional series of summer Concerts at the Prince’s Palace by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra continues this week in the magnificent setting of the Courtyard of Honour. The performance, led by Czech conductor Tomáš Netopil, features music by Francis Poulenc and Bedřich Smetana, and the guest artists in the Poulenc Piano Concerto are Katia and Marielle Labèque. Read more ….

Stars gather in Verbier for annual music extravaganza

The Alpine village of Verbier welcomes some of the greatest names in classical music to its mountain home over the next two weeks, as the 2021 Verbier Festival takes place. Launched in 1994 by Founder and Director Martin Engstroem, the Festival – with its glittering selection of events, both large-scale and intimate – is one of the highlights of the international music calendar. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’

Scene from San Francisco Opera’s ‘Les Troyens’ – Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s production of Les Troyens (The Trojans) – one of the most significant and impressive works in the entire repertoire of opera – will be streamed online this weekend. This magnificent five-act production of Hector Berlioz’s operatic interpretation of Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid, is by Scottish director Sir David McVicar. Read more ….

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo celebrates ‘L’Été Danse!’

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ‘Core Meu’ © Alice Blangero

L’Été Danse! (Summer Dance) is Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s summer celebration of the joy of dance, and this year it falls into two programmes – Soirée “Créations” and Danse et Musique “Live”. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams Janácek’s ‘Jenůfa’

Karita Mattila in Janácek’s ‘Jenůfa’ – © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In the first of its July free opera streams, San Francisco Opera presents Leoš Janáček’s compelling family drama Jenůfa, staged at the War Memorial Opera House in June 2016. In this production, directed by Olivier Tambosi, the legendary Finnish soprano Karita Mattila makes her role debut as the domineering stepmother, Kostelniča Buryjovka, and Swedish soprano Malin Byström sings the title role. Read more ….

SFJAZZ presents international line-up for ‘Fridays at Five’

Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter – on ‘Fridays at Five’ July 23/24 – courtesy SFJAZZ

The first three concerts in the July SFJAZZ Fridays at Five sessions feature a truly international mix – Portuguese fado singer Mariza, world music Ukranian group DakhaBrakha, and the Bay Area’s soul/funk/R&B band Con Brio. Read more ….

Concertgebouworkest in Berlin to mark state visit

The Concertgebouworkest © Simon van Boxtel

This month, the Concertgebouworkest appears in concert in Berlin to mark the occasion of a state visit to the German city by King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Read more ….

Netopil leads Czech Philharmonic at Smetana’s Litomyšl National Festival

Tomáš Netopil – courtesy Harrison Parrot

Following tradition, the Czech Philharmonic brings the current season to a close with two performances at the Smetana National Festival held each year in Litomyšl, the birthplace of Bedřich Smetana. Read more ….

San Francisco Jazz Festival streams Tribute to Ernesto Lecuona

Michel Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Chucho Valdés – courtesy SFJAZZ

At this week’s San Francisco Virtual Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ streams a tribute to one of the most important and influential figures in Cuban music – pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona. He is honored by three of today’s greatest Latin Jazz pianists – Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Michel Camilo – in a concert recorded at an SFJAZZ concert in May 2017. Read more ….

From the New World Symphony archives: MTT honors Anne Frank with Audrey Hepburn

Michael Tilson Thomas with Audrey Hepburn – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Miami-based New World Symphony this week pays tribute to Anne Frank, the young girl who spent two years in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, and whose diary detailing those years of captivity made her famous the world over. Read more ….

Augustin Hadelich plays Brahms with Salonen & SF Symphony

Augustin Hadelich © Suxiao Yang

This week, the San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Symphony, in a performance at Davies Symphony Hall, of Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E flat major, contemporary composer Daniel Kidane’s Be Still, and Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with Grammy Award-winning Augustin Hadelich as soloist. Read more ….

Thibaudet plays Ravel with Bringuier & Nice Philharmonic

The Nice Philharmonic Orchestra presents an all-French concert on 18th and 19th June – with Lionel Bringuier leading the Orchestra in a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major – soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet – and Bizet’s Symphony in C. Read more ….

Tributes to Thelonious Monk & Duke Ellington at the Virtual San Francisco Jazz Festival

This week, the Virtual San Francisco Jazz Festival, hosted by SFJAZZ, pays tribute to Thelonious Monk, and features performances by Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, and Marcus Shelby & his Orchestra with their tribute to Duke Ellington. Read more ….

Met Opera presents ‘Changing the Scene: Updated Settings for Classic Operas

Scene from the Met Opera production of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

This next week, in the online presentation of its Nightly Opera Streams, the Metropolitan Opera presents productions which have been brought forward to a more contemporary time than that in which they were originally set. Read more ….

SFJAZZ presents virtual 2021 San Francisco Jazz Festival

Festival poster courtesy SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ opens the San Francisco Jazz Festival tomorrow – and this year it’s to be an all-digital affair, enabling not only US jazz enthusiasts, but late-nighters in other parts of the world, to enjoy some of the finest jazz around today. Read more ….

Opéra Nice presents new production of Massenet’s ‘Werther’

Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur stages a new version of Jules Massenet’s opera Werther in the first week of June. Read more …..

Met Opera highlights operas featured in ‘Aria Code’

Christine Goerke in the title role of Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ – Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The Nightly Met Opera Streams beginning Monday, May 31st, highlight the collaboration between the Metropolitan Opera and WQXR – New York’s Classical Radio Station. For the next week, the Met presents some of the productions from its Live in HD series of transmissions which featured during the podcast series Aria Code, broadcast on WQXR. Read more ….

Boston Pops Spring Celebration features classic Ella Fitzgerald concert

Ella Fitzgerald with Arthur Fiedler © Michael Peirce

The Boston Pops Orchestra is well into its Spring Celebration series of streamed concerts on BSO NOW!. Four of these programs have been newly recorded, but the series also features two concerts, conducted by the legendary Arthur Fiedler, from the Orchestra’s archives – and one of these is the fabulous Pops Classic, Exquisite Ella – a performance by “The First Lady of Song”, Ella Fitzgerald, filmed at a live performance in June 1976, and not seen for decades. Read more ….

Met Opera presents Three Divas Live in Concert from Château de Versailles

Isabel Leonard, Alyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra – courtesy Metropolitan Opera

The latest program in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in Concert series features Three Divas – sopranos Alyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. It will be filmed in the gorgeous setting of France’s Opéra Royal du Chateau de Versailles. Read more …..

San Francisco Ballet closes Digital Season with ‘Swan Lake’

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s ‘Swan Lake’ – © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet closes its 2021 Digital Season with Helgi Tomasson’s interpretation of one of the best loved ballets in the classical repertoire – Swan Lake. Read more ….

English National Ballet celebrates a return to the stage

Alison McWhinney and Isaac Hernandez in ‘Senseless Kindness’ by Yuri Possokhov –
part of ENB’s ‘Reunion’ © Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet celebrates the return of live performances next week with a programme of five works by contemporary choreographers – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov, Stina Quagebeur and Arielle Smith. These ballets were all created for ENB’s Digital Season late last year, but this will be their first live performance. Read more ….

SFSymphony+ highlights diversity in music

Video still from SF Symphony’s CURRENTS: Zimbabwean music and dance, curated by Chinyakare Ensemble

There’s a lot of activity on the SFSymphony+ streaming platform at present. Demonstrating yet again the wealth of creativity caused by the cancellation of live performances – happily restored again as of this week – the San Francisco Symphony continues to celebrate the diversity of music-making in three very different online series – CURRENTS which explores what happens when classical music meets different musical cultures, SoundBox which is described as “eclectic music for adventurous listeners”, and a Chamber Music series for those who prefer a more traditional approach to classical music. Read more ….

Met Opera streams ‘Wagnerians Live in Concert’

‘Wagnerians Live in Concert’ – image courtesy Metropolitan Opera

Continuing its Met Stars Live in Concert series, the Metropolitan Opera features four luminaries of Wagnerian opera, streaming live from the grand Hessisches Staatsheater in Wiesbaden on Saturday, May 8th. Read more ….

SFJAZZ ‘Fridays at Five’ celebrates the music of Miles Davis

‘Miles from India’ poster – courtesy SFJAZZ

Fridays at Five sessions during the month of May are all dedicated to a celebration of the music of Miles Davis – American trumpeter, bandleader and composer, who is regarded as one of the most influential and acclaimed figures of 20th century music and the history of jazz. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet streams ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet // © Erik Tomasson

The next production in San Francisco Ballet’s 2021 Digital Season is Romeo and JulietHelgi Tomasson’s interpretation for ballet of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy about the doomed young lovers of Verona. Read more ….

Gerstein plays Schumann with Bychkov & Czech Philharmonic

Kirill Gerstein Pianist 2018 Photo: Marco Borggreve

This week, Semyon Bychkov leads the Czech Philharmonic in another programme streamed live from the Rudolfinum in Prague. This concert features Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, with soloist Kirill Gerstein, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 – known as the ‘Little Russian’. Read more ….

SFJAZZ honors 2021 NEA Masters in online concert

Thursday, April 22nd is a big day in the world of jazz – it’s the day on which SFJAZZ collaborates with the National Endowment for the Arts to honor this year’s NEA Jazz Masters in an online celebratory concert. Read more ….

New production of Mussorgsky’s ‘Boris Godunov’ for Monte-Carlo Opera

Modest Mussorgsky’s magnificent historical opera, Boris Godunov, opens this week at the Salle Garnier in Monaco. Starring Russian bass, Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, this is a new production, in co-operation with Grand Avignon Opera, and the first staging by Monte-Carlo Opera of the original 1869 version of the work. Read more ….