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Forthcoming classical music festivals, summer schools, master classes and competitions

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Bologna International Opera Academy (BIOA)
8-22 July 2018, Bologna, Italy

An intensive two-week summer programme offering daily masterclasses: one-on-one coaching from world-renowned opera singers, voice teachers, opera directors and coaches. Singers have the opportunity to be heard by and signed with opera industry professionals.

The grand finale consists of two recitals of operatic arias and scenes performed in the magnificent Palazzo Magnani - home of Unicredit Bank, Bologna.

Fabio Armiliato, tenor
Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, soprano
Alfonso Antoniozzi, baritone, stage director
Nicoletta Conti, conductor
Francesca Pedaci, soprano
Maria Spacagna, soprano
Guenko Guechev, bass-baritone
Xiu-ru Liu, mezzo-soprano
Paolo Poti, vocal coach

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
16-22 July 2018, New York City, United States of America

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) is the largest showcase of electroacoustic music in New York City, and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. The festival began in 2009 with the intention of bringing the most innovative and creative new electroacoustic music from around the world to New York City. Works are presented in high-quality multi-channel surround sound environments that include up to eight different simultaneous sound channels, and sometimes many more. The festival includes music performed by acoustic musical instruments, laptops, and custom electronic devices, as well as works involving digital video, and sound installations.

Garsington Opera
11 April — 22 July 2018, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Opera Holland Park
29 May — 28 July 2018, London, United Kingdom

An opera company with a unique voice, based in the London Borough of Kensington, and presenting an annual festival of fully staged productions in a setting combining the best aspects of urban and country house opera under one roof. All year round there are performances, discussions and cultural events in partnership with local venues, unlocking the world of opera. Through accessible pricing, education and outreach programmes and family events, critically acclaimed work is brought to the widest possible audience.

Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
20-28 July 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

The Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival offers a one of a kind choral experience in dynamic settings including Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Soweto as well as a Scenic Game Park. Your choir will have the opportunity to perform with many excellent International and South African Choirs, as well as participate in workshops with famous Choral Conductors. Collaborate with multiple choirs in extraordinary venues and diverse and sizeable audiences. You will experience African drumming, dancing, and their wonderful, unique singing. This festival includes adult choirs, university choirs, as well as children's and youth choirs, and all choirs have the opportunity to perform in several concerts, each conducted by their own music director. Each concert concludes with a joint choral selection sung by all participating choirs.

Ryedale Festival
13-29 July 2018, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular venues in and around Ryedale, North Yorkshire - an area full of history and natural beauty.

Founded in 1981, the Festival enjoys a large, loyal and enthusiastic audience, the warm support of the local community and a reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country. Events range far and wide across the area and performances are given at the great houses of Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park, Birdsall House and Sledmere, as well as in Ampleforth Abbey, York Minster, Scarborough Spa and many other local venues. There is also a popular series of Coffee Concerts given in the many beautiful, often remote, country churches of North Yorkshire and a series of literary events, talks, exhibitions and workshops.

Munich Opera Festival
24 June — 31 July 2018, Munich, Germany

Longborough Festival Opera
6 June — 2 August 2018, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Three Choirs Festival
28 July — 4 August 2018, Hereford, United Kingdom

Colorado Music Festival
28 June — 4 August 2018, Colorado, United States of America

Savonlinna Opera Festival
6 July — 4 August 2018, Savonlinna, Finland

Savonlinna is an active and vibrant summertime town. The town itself and its surroundings are one of the most popular holiday regions in Finland. Beside enjoying the opera, admire the breathtaking scenery in and around the town, have a giggle at some of the eccentric local events, and listen to the legends associated with the historical sites.

Toronto Summer Music - Reflections of Wartime
12 July — 4 August 2018, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Summer Music, by means of its Festival and Academy programs, provides music lovers with an opportunity to enjoy and deepen their knowledge of classical music by bringing audiences together with international artists and emerging professional musicians and singers for a successful round of concerts, lectures, and master classes. No other musical programming of its kind is available in Toronto in the summer months, when artists of international stature come together to mentor young musicians and to give outstanding concerts in a series of public performances.

Petworth Festival
17 July — 4 August 2018, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Verbier Festival
19 July — 5 August 2018, Valais, Switzerland

An international music festival which takes place annually for two weeks in late July and early August in the mountain resort of Verbier, in the Swiss Valois canton.

Mostly Mozart Festival
12 July — 12 August 2018, New York City, United States of America

The newly expanded Mostly Mozart Festival features international dance, theatre and classical music.

BRQ Vantaa Festival
6-12 August 2018, Vantaa, Finland

Yiddish Summer Weimar
22 July — 18 August 2018, Weimar, Germany

YSW began life as a weekend workshop in 1999. Today it spans a whole month and has become one of the world's leading summer programs for the study, creation and presentation of traditional and contemporary Yiddish culture.

Grant Park Music Festival
13 June — 18 August 2018, Chicago, United States of America

For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago's summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can have a transformative impact on the city.

Aspen Music Festival and School
28 June — 19 August 2018, Colorado, United States of America

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the United States' top classical music festivals, noted for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young adult music students. The typical eight week summer season includes more than 400 classical music events, including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, masterclasses, lectures, and children's programming, and it brings in 100,000 audience members. In winter time, the AMFS presents a small series of recitals and Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screenings.

10-19 August 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Discover the latest generation of musicians at the best spots in Amsterdam - classical and jazz - 250 concerts at 90 venues. 'Dichter bij muziek' is the theme of this 21st edition of the festival.

Bregenz Festival
18 July — 20 August 2018, Vorarlberg, Austria

One year after the end of the Second World War, the first Bregenz Festival was held: the week-long Bregenz Festwoche. The inaugural performance was staged upon two barges moored on Lake Constance - one carrying the stage structures for Mozart's early work Bastien et Bastienne, the other the orchestra. In a town that did not even possess a theatre, the idea of mounting a festival seemed eccentric; but the initially makeshift solution of choosing the loveliest part of the town - the lake - as the stage proved to be a hugely successful one. Visitors from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France made the Festival an international event in its very first year. The Festival orchestra from the outset was the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, which has made a major contribution to the evolution and success of the Festival.

Rossini Opera Festival
11-23 August 2018, Pesaro, Italy

Santa Fe Opera
29 June — 25 August 2018, New Mexico, United States of America

Santa Fe Opera's mission is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertoire of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera's future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians and arts administrators; and to foster and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.

Glimmerglass Festival
7 July — 25 August 2018, Cooperstown, New York, United States of America

Dartington International Summer School and Festival
28 July — 25 August 2018, Devon, United Kingdom

Festival Puccini
14 July — 25 August 2018, Torre del Lago, Italy

Held annually in July and August, this summer opera festival, founded in 1930, presents the operas of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Starting withe the Messa di Gloria, the 2018 festival features the operas Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, La boheme and Il tritico.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival
10 July — 25 August 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia

19 May — 26 August 2018, East Sussex, United Kingdom

MRF Music Festivals choir and orchestra festival
22-26 August 2018, Paris, France

Eighth international choral and orchestral festival in Paris.

Vaduz Classic
23-26 August 2018, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Tanglewood - Bernstein Centennial Summer
21 June — 26 August 2018, Massachusetts, United States of America

The Boston Symphony Orchestra on holiday ... since 1934. Tanglewood annually draws over 350,000 visitors. Each season offers not only a vast quantity of music, but also a huge range of musical forms and styles, all presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique.

Edinburgh International Festival
3-27 August 2018, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Presteigne Festival
23-28 August 2018, Powys, United Kingdom

The Presteigne Festival's six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period. Established over thirty years ago, the Festival has a long tradition of supporting young artists and for presenting a fresh and individually stylised mix of contemporary works carefully balanced with twentieth century classics and featuring a wide range of music from the standard repertoire.

Bayreuth Festival
25 July — 29 August 2018, Bayreuth, Germany

When Richard Wagner sketched his ideas for a festival in 1850, his initial thoughts were of a venue in Zurich or Weimer, and later Munich. Twenty years later Hans Richter drew him to a vacant opera house in the city of Bayreuth. Wagner liked the city, but the building was unsuitable for performances of The Ring. It took until 13 August 1876, when a new opera house had finally been built, for the first Bayreuth Festival to begin.

In 2018 there will be performances of The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Meistersinger, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde and Die Walkure.

Salzburg Summer Festival
20 July — 30 August 2018, Salzburg, Austria

Chopin and his Europe
9-31 August 2018, Warsaw, Poland

Fourteenth international music festival - 'from Chopin to Paderewski'

La Mariette String Masterclasses
12 July — 1 September 2018, Parcay-sur-Vienne, France

Helsinki Festival
17 August — 2 September 2018, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organised annually in late summer. The festival's aim is to make art accessible for all. The programme line-up features classical and world music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts as well as a range of urban events.

Henry Wood (BBC) Promenade Concerts
13 July — 8 September 2018, London, United Kingdom

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
5-9 September 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Prague

Interkultur - On Stage - choral festival
13-16 September 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, the city built over seven hills, on the Atlantic coast, is home to some of the world's greatest explorers, such as Vasco De Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator.

No other European capital has such an intriguing mix of the old and the new, or so many contrasting faces, making this a city for unhurried exploration and a place to get lost in and discover its many distinctive sights and characteristic images.

Korkyra Baroque Festival
1-16 September 2018, Korcula, Croatia

A high-profile cultural event established in 2012 to promote local and international musical and cultural heritage. The concerts take place in historic venues in and around the town of Korcula, as well as new regional locations: the Island of Vrnik, Orebic, Ston, Trpanj, Vela Luka, Blato, Pupnat, Smokvica, Hvar, Ploce and Dubrovnik, creating a unique synergy and Baroque magic, which make the Korkyra Baroque Festival renowned as a staple cultural event of the global music scene.

Lucerne Summer Festival
17 August — 16 September 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland

George Enescu International Competition
1-23 September 2018, Bucharest, Romania

400 young musicians from 46 countries have enrolled for the 2018 competition, which is open to the public. The categories are violin, cello, piano and composition.

31 August — 23 September 2018, Bonn, Germany

International Mendelssohn Festival
10-23 September 2018, Hamburg, Germany

Festival Maribor
20-28 September 2018, Maribor, Slovenia

Yorkshire Dales English Music Festival
5-7 October 2018, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The third Yorkshire Dales English Music Festival builds on the success of previous events with an even more exciting programme. It will begin on Friday 5 October 2018 in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew's Church, Aysgarth, with a combined concert and film showing. The EMF has collaborated with the Yorkshire Film Archive, commissioning three new films of archive material celebrating life, landscape, transport and work in the Yorkshire Dales; and we have set up a competition for top composition students to write music for these three films: the winning entries will be performed in this opening concert alongside the films that they describe.

Saturday 6 October will see a variety of recitals and concerts in St Andrew's, and on Sunday 7 the festival moves to Bolton Castle for several more concerts, including a violin-and-cello duo recital, performances of Howells' and Lambert's Clavichord, and a concert for violin and narrator, with new works written especially for the occasion by the composers Richard Blackford and Paul Lewis.

MRF Music Festivals - Cracovia choir and orchestra festival
3-7 October 2018, Cracow, Poland

Tenth international choral and orchestral festival in Cracow.

Brecon Baroque Festival - Angels and Archangels
19-22 October 2018, Powys, United Kingdom

MRF Music Festivals - choir and orchestra festival on Lake Garda
18-22 October 2018, Lago di Garda, Italy

12th International choral and orchestral festival on Lake Garda in Italy

Canta al mar - international choral festival
24-28 October 2018, Catalunya, Spain

The festival 'Canta al mar' has become an essential activity in Interkultur's event calendar. Since 2012 choirs from all over the world have met in the city of Calella in Catalonia/Spain to celebrate the international choral festival through songs and local delights.

Wexford Festival Opera
19 October — 4 November 2018, Wexford, Ireland

Since the first 'Festival of Music and the Arts' took place in October 1951, Wexford Festival Opera has grown into one of the world's leading opera festivals. In 2017 Wexford Festival Opera won Best Opera Festival in the World at the 2017 International Opera Awards.

Right from the beginning, the Festival made a name for itself by introducing audiences to unjustly neglected works, many of which have since found a place in the canon. For 66 years the Festival has breathed new life into forgotten masterpieces, establishing a reputation for high-quality productions that, every year, bring thousands of opera-lovers flocking to Wexford from all over the world.

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
1-5 November 2018, Vienna, Austria

5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Vienna (Austria)

On Stage - choral festival
8-11 November 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

Birthplace of the icon of existentialist literature, Franz Kafka, and of the renowned romantic composer, Antonín Dvořák, Prague has been described as a diamond among pearls and as the Paris of the 90s. The Gothic jewel of the kingdom of Bohemia, capital of today's Czech Republic, Prague has been called the most picturesque city in the world.

Donatella Flick Conducting Competition
20-22 November 2018, London, United Kingdom

'We have thought very carefully about how best my competition can benefit young conductors, and this is why we have decided to change the criteria for applications, broadening reach, while also ensuring that it is conductors at the very start of their careers who benefit. I am delighted to partner with for the first live stream of the Competition, and also to allow the public into the preliminary rounds. I believe that the more we can open up music-making to the world, the more people will be as enthralled and inspired by it as I am, so I'm really pleased that so many more people will have the opportunity to see the finalists in action next year. Finally I want to thank the extraordinary conductors and musicians who are on the judging panel, as I know each of them will inspire everyone who takes part. I wish everyone who enters the very best of luck!' - Donatella Flick

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
16-25 November 2018, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

hcmf// is the UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music, taking place over ten days and consisting of approximately fifty events - including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film - with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

Lucerne Piano Festival
17-25 November 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland

Montreal Bach Festival
22 November — 7 December 2018, Montreal, Canada

Since 2005, The Montreal Bach Festival is North America's premiere destination for the timeless musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and the cultural legacy that he has inspired. Through a series of concerts and educational programs, the Bach Festival showcases our elite musicians to the world and brings world class performers to Quebec. It contributes significantly to Montreal's international reputation as a cultural metropolis, attracting both international and local audiences to enrich the life of Montrealers as well as its communal life. The greatest artists in the world come to Montreal to honor Johann Sebastian Bach. His infinitely beautiful music has found a home at the Montreal Bach Festival.

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
6-9 December 2018, Baden, Germany

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Baden (Germany)

On Stage - choral festival
13-16 December 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Britain's second largest city and Europe's 8th most populous metropolitan city, Birmingham has got a perfect location, right at the heart of Britain, with only one hour and a half by train from London and just one hour to Shakespeare's home, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Valletta International Baroque Festival
11-26 January 2019, Valletta, Malta

Sing'n'Joy - the American international choral festival
14-18 February 2019, Princeton, United States of America

After the overwhelming success of the first edition in February 2017 Princeton, New Jersey will again become a meeting point for choirs from all over the globe in 2019. In the world of choral singing Princeton, the city located south of New York is well known for being the home of the Westminster Choir College, one of the world's leading music schools.

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
13-17 March 2019, Rome, Italy

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Rome (Italy)

MRF Music Festivals: choirs and orchestras
3-7 April 2019, Istria, Croatia

9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Porec (Istria, Croatia)

MRF Music Festivals: choirs and orchestras
1-5 May 2019, Costa Barcelona, Spain

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Calella on the Costa Barcelona (Spain).

Colorado MahlerFest XXXII
13-19 May 2019, Colorado, United States of America

One day in the 1970s, Robert Olson was reading a Mahler biography while sitting at the shore of Lake Dillon near Breckenridge, Colorado - a favorite spot framed by the magnificent 14,000 foot peaks of the Rockies.

Olsen had studied conducting with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna, where he had been deeply moved by the funeral march from Mahler's Symphony No 5 played at the Austrian president's funeral.

Olsen realized that this beautiful Colorado landscape was not unlike Mahler's summertime composing environs, and it was then that he conceived the Colorado MahlerFest.

Venezia Music Festival 2019
22-26 May 2019, Venice, Italy

Salzburg Whitsun Festival
7-10 June 2019, Salzburg, Austria

Three Choirs Festival
27 July — 3 August 2019, Gloucester, United Kingdom

Hong Kong International Piano Competition and Joy of Music Festival
7-24 October 2019, Hong Kong, China

Three Choirs Festival
25 July — 1 August 2020, Worcester, United Kingdom

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