2017 GUIDE TO FESTIVALS


The Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Opera
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 season offers 36 performances of five different operas, including a highly anticipated world premiere by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. The event opens with Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss Jr.’s humorous and poignant view of urban life. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor explores human psychology through the utter destruction of its tragic heroine. Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, meant to challenge the tyrants of the time through metaphor, shines with an enduring message. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs finds a tangled journey to enlightenment while surveying the life of one of the greatest innovators of our time in a high tech production. And Handel’s Alcina proves that love always endures over evil.
LOCATION
Santa Fe, NM
WEBSITE
http://www.santafeopera.org/
DATES
June 30 - Aug 26, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Charles MacKay
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$31 to $499
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.santafeopera.org/
505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Layers of tradition and innovation, wrapped in Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s world-class banner, are the formula for a dynamic season of dance, classical music and jazz. New York City Ballet will present 18 gorgeous ballets by six choreographers. The Philadelphia Orchestra presents festivals of Russian, French and American masterworks as well as Yo-Yo Ma and an evening of arias featuring Metropolitan Opera vocalists. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns with six exquisite programs, including the SPAC debut of The Danish String Quartet. The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary with 22 acts including Chaka Kahn, the Gipsy Kings, Dee Dee Bridgewater and recent Grammy winner Jacob Collier.
LOCATION
Saratoga Springs, NY
WEBSITE
http://www.spac.org
DATES
June 24 - Aug 28, 2017
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $105
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.spac.org
518-584-9330
BOOKING CONTACT
518-584-9330 ext. 109
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2017 for Summer 2018
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Savonlinna Opera Festival
Savonlinna Opera Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The world premiere for the Finland centenary year is The Castle in the Water by Aulis Sallinen, and his opera Kullervo is back on the program. The new productions are Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and Verdi’s Rigoletto. The Bolshoi Theater stages Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and a concert version of Eugene Onegin. Teatro Real will bring the bel canto opera The Puritans by Bellini.
LOCATION
Savonlinna, Finland
WEBSITE
http://www.oopperajuhlat.fi/en
DATES
July 6 - Aug 5, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jorma Silvasti
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$65 to $180
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.oopperajuhlat.fi/en
+358 600 900 900 or +358 15 476 750
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Summer 2017 for summer 2018.
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Spoleto Festival USA
Spoleto Festival USA
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Highlights of the 41st season include the first Spoleto Festival USA production of Eugene Onegin directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, with soprano Natalia Pavlova and baritone Franco Pomponi; the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace directed by Garry Hynes and starring Anthony Roth Costanzo; and the U.S. premiere of Quartett composed by Luca Francesconi and conducted by Festival Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy. The Bank of America Chamber Music Series, hosted by Geoff Nuttall, features the St. Lawrence String Quartet and composer-inresidence Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. The Music In Time contemporary music series has four programs of works by Cage, Francesconi, Harrison, Hearne, Serrano, Tulve, and more. A Spoleto Celebration Concert with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Westminster Choir, and chamber musicians, conducted by Anne Manson, explores the Festival’s musical past. Other features: Mozart’s Great Mass conducted by Director of Choral Activities Joe Miller; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Dreaming. Theater productions: Beckett’s Waiting for Godot by Druid Theater Company, directed by Garry Hynes; Murmurs by Aurelia Thierrée and Victoria Thierrée Chaplin; Angel by Henry Naylor; and two works of modern puppetry—Gabriadze Theater’s Ramona and Blind Summit Theater’s The Table.
LOCATION
Charleston, SC
WEBSITE
https://spoletousa.org/
DATES
May 26 - June 11, 2017
 DIRECTORS
Nigel Redden, general director; Joe Miller, director for choral activities; Geoff Nuttall, director for chamber music; John Kennedy, resident conductor & director of orchestral activities
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Opera • Dance • Theater
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $200
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
https://spoletousa.org/
843-579-3100
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Stresa Festival
Stresa Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Highlights include Katia and Marielle Labèque in the adaptation of The Rite of Spring for two pianos and Gianandrea Noseda conducting the Ars Cantica Choir in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. Noseda will also lead a program with the London Symphony, while Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in a program featuring Renaud Capuçon (violin) and Gautier Capuçon (cello).
LOCATION
Stresa - Lake Maggiore, Italy
WEBSITE
http://www.stresafestival.eu
DATES
June 7 - Aug 9, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Gianandrea Noseda
GENRES
Classical • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$5 to $60
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.stresafestival.eu
+39 0323 31095
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
29 March 2017 - 8 September 2017
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Tanglewood
Tanglewood
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2017 Tanglewood season offers visitors an exceptional lineup of performances, highlighted by 10 programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons and major new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities. Nelsons will lead both the opening and closing BSO concerts, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Kristine Opolais; an opera gala with Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in excerpts from Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, and Eugene Onegin; the world premiere of John Williams’s Markings with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of Das Rheingold. Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with John Williams. Highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first Tanglewood appearances as BSO artistic partner, leading orchestral concerts, performing as pianist with the Emerson Quartet, and working closely with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center.
LOCATION
Lenox, MA
WEBSITE
http://www.tanglewood.org
DATES
June 18 - Sept 6, 2015
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Andris Nelsons
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$12 to $124
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.tanglewood.org
888-266-1200
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Summer 2017 and earlier for Summer 2018
SOCIAL LINKS
               

Verbier Festival
Verbier Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Verbier Festival offers 17 days of music in an exceptional alpine setting, with intimate recitals, large scale concerts, unique musical encounters, and a wide range of free activities. The Festival also partners with Medici TV, which live streams most of the concerts. Charles Dutoit and the Festival Orchestra will perform R. Strauss’s Salome with soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin in the title role; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s Elektra, featuring Lise Lindstrom as Elektra, Anna Larsson as Klytemnestra, and Thomas Hampson as Orest. Antonio Pappano conducts Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben; and Gianandrea Noseda leads Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Among the world’s leading pianists to appear: Yefim Bronfman, Barry Douglas, Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin, Nikolan Lugansky, András Schiff, Grigory Sokolov, Daniil Trifonov, and Yuja Wang. Young rising stars like Lucas Debargue and Francesco Piemontesi will also appear. Chamber music plays a significant role with leading soloists like Vadim Repin, Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, and Janine Jansen. Debut artists include violinist Daniel Lozakovich (age 15), cellists Pablo Ferrandez (25) and Edgar Moreau (22), and pianist George Li (21).
LOCATION
Verbier, Switzerland
WEBSITE
http://www.verbierfestival.com/
DATES
July 21 - Aug 6, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Martin T:son Engstroem
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$35 to $200
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.verbierfestival.com/
+41 (0) 848 771 882 (from 1 pm to 6 pm, Monday to Friday)
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2017 for Summer 2018
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Virginia Arts Festival
Virginia Arts Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Opening performances include Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Swan Lake, with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Hot young jazz star Joey Alexander, age 13, will appear, as will trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and her all-female ensemble tenThing in witty transcriptions ranging from Bizet’s Carmen to Kurt Weill to Astor Piazzolla. Montreal’s Les Violons du Roy is also planning to appear, an ensemble the New York Times calls “a miracle of musical and dramatic inspiration.”
World premieres include Kept, developed through the John Duffy Institute for New Opera, which seeks out and supports opera composer/librettist teams. The creative and production team includes composer Kristin Kuster, librettist and poet Megan Levad, stage director Mary Birnbaum, and Virginia Symphony Music Director JoAnn Falletta. The male lead will be sung by tenor William Burden.
LOCATION
Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, VA
WEBSITE
http://www.vafest.org
DATES
March 26 - June 25, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Robert W. Cross
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $100
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.vafest.org
877-741-2787
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2017 for spring 2019 and 2020
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
This season’s festival highlights include La La Land in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra; productions of The Touchstone, Bastianello, The Juniper Tree, and Tosca; Sarah Chang with the Asian Youth Orchestra; Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director Gianandrea Noseda; Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; Aretha Franklin; Mary J. Blige, and more.
LOCATION
Vienna, VA
WEBSITE
http://www.wolftrap.org
DATES
May 25 - Sept 16, 2017
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$10 to $180
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.wolftrap.org
877-WOLFTRAP
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2017 for summer 2018
SOCIAL LINKS
          

Young Euro Classic
Young Euro Classic
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Concert highlights in 2017 include: Orchestra and Choir of Elisabeth University of Music, Hiroshima; National Youth Philharmonic of Turkey; Asian Youth Orchestra; Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra; Cuban-European Youth Academy. Full program available April 6, 2017.
LOCATION
Berlin, Germany
WEBSITE
http://www.young-euro-classic.de/
DATES
Aug 18 - Sept 3, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Dr. Dieter Rexroth
GENRES
Classical • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$16 to $30
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.young-euro-classic.de/
+49 30 841 089 09
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Spring 2017 for Summer 2017
SOCIAL LINKS
            


 

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