Neither a fully-sung drama, nor a play with added songs, but combining the best of both worlds, operetta is often unfairly overlooked or dismissed, but offers an ideal introduction to the conventions of classical music theater for the novice, or simply a charmingly light-hearted night out for the aficionado.
Music was a means to both entertain those at court and promote the glory of France and of the monarchy. Though the days of the court are past, Versailles is still the setting for classical concerts in the same spaces where the Sun King and his successors once reigned.
When it sounds like Mozart, but somehow different, then it's Haydn, right? If that's where your knowledge about Haydn ends, read more about one of the few composers who attained fame and success in his own lifetime.
For classical music and opera, we offer a distilled list of locations on both sides of the former border, where exceptional architecture and inspiring programming come together.
Tickets are on sale for one of Europe's foremost opera festivals, the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, better known as the Festival of Aix, which takes place in the first three weeks of July.
Opera at Madrid's famous Teatro Real is a thrilling, elegant affair, and it calls for an excellent meal to complete the experience.
February compensates for difficult weather (at least in North European climes) with a wealth of opportunities to hear some of today’s most inspiring singers. Here are some radiant vocal stars to melt away the winter frost.
Vienna – a city of many aspects, but above all, a city of music. Its musical history reflects the spectrum of attitudes and endeavors that have shaped the city – a history encapsulated by the story of the Theater an der Wien.
Salzburg is known by music-lovers as the birthplace of Mozart and, more recently, the setting for the film “The Sound of Music”. Situated on the Salzach River between scenic plains to the North, and rugged mountains to the South, Salzburg outdoors is every bit as breathtaking as its cultural and musical offerings.
Berlin famous for its recent past and present, but the city and its immediate surroundings are still home to a number of significant historic palaces which hearken back to the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods.