From lakeside castles to British country piles, experience the most unmissable moments in this year’s classical calendar

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 3:12pm

Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

Held in the Olavinlinna Castle, which sits alongside a beautiful lake, the Savonlinna Opera Festival boasts one of the most idyllic settings of any European cultural festival. The Opera Festival’s new production for 2018 is Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, which will be performed as part of a line-up including Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s Otello, as well as two dramas staged by the Italian Puccini Festival. The Savonlinna Opera Festival also opens the stage for its own choir, mainly consisting of music students from across Europe training to be opera singers, as well as the Opera Festival Orchestra.

6 July–4 August;

Istanbul Music Festival, Turkey

The most established classical music event in Turkey, the Istanbul Music Festival has been running for 45 years and, over the decades, has hosted a number of prestigious orchestras and ensembles. As well as offering plenty of opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the classics, it prides itself on commissioning new works from both internationally renowned composers and new talent. Highlights for 2018 include performances from the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, a series of chamber music concerts and the Women Stars of Tomorrow project, supporting young female musicians.

23 May–12 June;

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France

First established in 1948, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence gained national attention the following year when it put on a production of Don Giovanni, which …read more

Source:: The Week – All news


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