Top Summer Festivals on ix-en-Provence Festival (July 15-16), Verbier Festival (July 18-Aug 3), Salzburg Festival (Aug 3-25), Annecy Classic Festival (Aug 19-29), Plácido Domingo’s Operalia (Aug 30)

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Aix-en-Provence Festival (July 15-16), Verbier Festival (July 18-Aug 3), Salzburg Festival (Aug 3-25), Annecy Classic Festival (Aug 19-29), Plácido Domingo’s Operalia (Aug 30)


Summer is in full swing and that means is once again making the very best of the festival season available to classical music lovers around the globe, giving them a virtual best seat in the house to exciting live events from Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Salzburg, Annecy and Operalia. These can even be accessed on the go via’s application for iOS and Android devices – the gateway for music lovers to enjoy the world’s greatest classical festivals anywhere and anytime. The festival season on begins live July 16 with Trauernacht: The Angel’s Hand, a dramatic staging of J.S. Bach cantatas by Katie Mitchell in collaboration with conductor Raphaël Pichon. Among the other summer highlights is the July 18 opening concert of the Verbier Festival, with piano icon Martha Argerich and conductor Charles Dutoit. On August 3, broadcasts Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of Don Giovanni (starring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Luca Pisaroni) live from the Salzburg Festival. Also live from the Salzburg Festival are Schubert’s Fierrabras (directed by Peter Steinandstarring Michael Schade in the title role, on August 25) and other events to be announced soon. On August 19, it’s the first of a series of webcasts from the Annecy Classic Festival, with Yuri Temirkanov, Denis Matsuev and Yuja Wang among the many celebrated performers. And live on August 30, the world’s best young singers will compete in the finale of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, from the Los Angeles Opera. A full list of summer events being streamed by appears below.




Webcast from Aix-en-Provence on July 16 on medici.tvis Trauernacht: The Angel’s Hand, a dramatic staging of J.S. Bach cantatas by British director Katie Mitchell (who was acclaimed in Aix-en-Provence two years ago for her staging of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, also available on, in collaboration with conductor Raphaël Pichon. They aim to “explore the depths of these cantatas in order to celebrate their theatricality and living energy balanced against the omnipresence of death.”


Verbier Festival


For the eighth year in a row, will be presenting a cornucopia of events from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. The July 18 opening concert of the festivalfeatures the great Martha Argerich as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – a work that she hasn’t played in 10 years – with longtime collaborator Charles Dutoit conducting the spirited Verbier Festival Orchestra. Other Verbier highlights on include several concerts featuring the acclaimed young pianist Daniil Trifonov. The Russian will perform a solo recital of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Schumann on July 20. He will also be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under Yuri Temirkanov on July 24 and joining violinist Leonidas Kavakos in a duo recital on July 29. The following day (July 30), a concert by Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, and actor Youssou N’Dour will be web-cast live from the festival. Other star artists from Verbier on include Evgeny Kissin, Steven Isserlis, Mikhail Pletnev, Denis Matsuev, Jaap van Zweden, Joshua Bell, Marc-André Hamelin, Kristjan Järvi, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Mischa Maisky, Pretty Yende, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Jan Lisiecki and many more.


There will be operatic events from Verbier on as well. On July 21, Dutoit conducts Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, with singers Ruxandra Donose, Ramón Vargas and Willard White. On July 26, it’s Marc Minkowski on the podium for Beethoven’s Fidelio, with Evgeny Nikitin, Brandon Jovanovich and Ingela Brimberg. On July 27, Daniel Harding will conduct both Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Acts III-IV of Verdi’s Don Carlo, with the casts including Alexey Markov, Barbara Frittoli and Vittorio Grigolo. And on August 2, Gábor Tákacs-Nagy leads Mozart’s II re pastore,with Rolando Villazón and Anthony Gregory.


Salzburg Festival


In August, will webcast some of classical music’s greatest performers live from the Salzburg Festival in Austria, beginning August 3 with a production of Don Giovanni by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. The cast features some of the top Mozart singers of our day, including Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) and Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. On August 25, webcasts Schubert’s three-act opera Fierrabras, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and directed by Peter Stein. Michael Schade will sing the title role, along with Julia Kleiter (Emma) and Dorothea Röschmann (Florinda). Other performances from the Salzburg Festival will also be available, and more information will be coming soon on


Annecy Classic Festival 


Extensive coverage by of the Annecy Classic Festival in France (for the fourth year in a row) starts August 19, with Zoltán Kocsis conducting the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Dvorák and Liszt, with pianist Denis Matsuev – co-artistic director of the festival – playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Other highlights include Robert King conducting Handel’s Messiah (Aug 21), pianist Roger Muraro playing Wagner and Liszt (Aug 23) and two further concerts with Yuri Temirkanov leading the St. Petersburg Philharmonic: an all-Russian program featuring cellist Alexander Kniazev and pianist Yuja Wang (Aug 28), and a program of Rossini, Brahms and Elgar again featuring Matsuev (Aug 29).




Operalia is the annual international competition for young opera singers founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993. The competition has helped launch the careers of such artists Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, Rolando Villazón, Elizabeth Futral, Ana María Martínez and José Cura. This year’s finale will be streamed live by from the Los Angeles Opera on August 30.


Summer festivals on


All start times listed as Eastern Standard Time.


July 15, 2:00pm

Aix-en-Provence Festival

Schubert : Winterreise Live

William Kentridge (Stage direction and visual creation)

With Matthias Goerne & Markus HInterhauser


July 16, 2:00pm

Aix-en-Provence Festival

Bach: Trauernacht: The Angel’s Hand

Directed for stage by Katie Mitchell, conducted by Raphaël Pichon


July 18, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Charles Dutoit conducts Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, with Martha Argerich


July 19, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Gábor Tákacs-Nagy conducts Shchedrin, Mozart and Beethoven, with Stephen Kovacevich


July 20, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Daniil Trifonov plays Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Schumann


July 21, 5:00am

Verbier Festival

Jan Lisiecki plays Chopin, Grieg and Mendelssohn


July 21, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Charles Dutoit conducts Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, with Ruxandra Donose (Marguerite), Ramón Vargas (Faust), Willard White (Mephistopheles)


July 22, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Kristjan Järvi conducts Milhaud, Mahler and R. Strauss, with Stephan Genz


July 23, 8:30am

Verbier Festival

Daniel Harding conducts the Verbier Festival Music Camp, with Steven Isserlis


July 23, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Evgeny Kissin plays Schubert and Scriabin – concert webcast in delayed streaming


July 24, 5:00am

Verbier Festival

Ray Chen and Julien Quentin perform Mozart, Sarasate and Beethoven


July 24, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rossini, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, with Daniil Trifonov and Ekaterina Semenchuk


July 25, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Ray Chen, Nancy Wu, Kirill Troussov, Lawrence Power, Adrian Brendel, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, István Várdai, Vesselina Kasarova and Martin Helmchen play Mahler, Dvorák and Mendelssohn


July 26, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Marc Minkowski conducts Beethoven’s Fidelio, with Evgeny Nikitin (Don Pizarro), Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan), Ingela Brimberg (Leonore)


July 27, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Daniel Harding conducts Puccini’s II Tabarro and Verdi’s Don Carlo (Acts III-IV), with Alexey Markov (Michele/Rodrigo), Barbara Frittoli (Giorgetta), Vittorio Grigolo (Don Carlo)


July 28, 5:00am

Verbier Festival

Pretty Yende and James Vaughan perform Italian, French, Spanish and American songs from the 19th and 20th centuries


July 28, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Evgeny Kissin & Friends: “From Jewish Life”


July 29, 5:00am

Verbier Festival

Steven Isserlis and Mikhail Pletnev in recital


July 29, 2:00pm

Verbier Festival

Leonidas Kavakos and Daniil Trifonov: masterpieces for violin and piano


July 30, 5:00am

Verbier Festival

Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Adrian Brendel, Lionel Cottet, Amanda Forsyth, Clemens Hagen, Mischa Maisky, István Várdai, Kyril Zlotnikov, Pretty Yende and Kirill Gerstein play Villa-Lobos, Nesbit, and Shostakovich, with Amadinda Percussion Group


July 30, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Youssou N’Dour performs at Salle des Combins


July 31, 5:00am

Verbier Festival

Leonidas Kavakos, Clemens Hagen and Marc-André Hamelin play Beethoven and Mendelssohn


July 31, 2014 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Jaap Van Zweden conducts Sibelius and Bruckner, with Renaud Capucon


August 1, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Steven Isserlis, Ksenia Bashmet and Marc-André Hamelin play Brahms and Franck


August 2, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Gábor Tákacs-Nagy conducts Mozart’s II re pastore, with Rolando Villazón (Alessandro), Anthony Gregory (Agenore)


August 3, 1:00pm

Verbier Festival

Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Mahler, with Mikhail Pletnev


August 3, 1:30pm

Salzburg Festival

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Mozart: Don Giovanni

Conducted by Christoph Eschenbach , Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira), Valentina Nafornita (Zerlina), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello)


August 19, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Zoltán Kocsis conducts Liszt and Dvorák, with Denis Matsuev


August 20, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Zoltán Kocsis conducts Glinka, Brahms and Beethoven, with Laurent Korcia


August 21, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Robert King conducts Handel’s Messiah – concert webcast in delayed streaming


August 22, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

The Zaide Quartet plays Mozart, Janácek and Schumann, with Beatrice Rana – concert webcast in delayed streaming


August 23, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Roger Muraro plays Wagner/Liszt – concert webcast in delayed streaming


August 24, 3:30pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Happy birthday, Mister Spivakov!, with the Moscow Virtuosi and Denis Matsuev


August 25, 1:00pm

Salzburg Festival

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Schubert: Fierrabras

Conducted by Ingo Metzmacher  and directed by Peter Stein, with Michael Schade (Fierrabras), Julia Kleiter (Emma), Dorothea Röschmann (Florinda), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Maragond), Georg Zeppenfeld (King Karl), Markus Werba (Roland), Benjamin Bernheim (Eginhard), Peter Kálmán (Boland) and Manuel Walser (Brutamonte)


August 25, 1:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

“La Nuit du Piano ER,” with Benjamin Grosvenor, David Fray, Anna Fedorova and Li Siqian – concert webcast in delayed streaming


August 26, 12:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Faycal Karoui conducts Gershwin, Bernstein and Marquez, with Denis Matsuev


August 27, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Faycal Karoui: Opera Night with Lianna Haroutounian, Géraldine Chauvet and Aquiles Machado


August 28, 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, with Alexandre Kniazev and Yuja Wang


August 29, 2014 3:00pm

Annecy Classic Festival

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rossini, Brahms and Elgar, with Denis Matsuev


August 30, 10:00pm

Operalia 2014

Rolex and Culture

Final Round live from the Los Angeles Opera, with Plácido Domingo


New! presents Live Scores and multi-camera 


This summer, presents two innovations on its website. In July, introduces their Live Scores in partnership with Weezic: 20 masterpieces will be available in video with automatically synchronized scores appearing on the screen while the work is being performed. And in August, concerts from the Annecy Classic Festival will include multiple video tracks that users will be able to choose in real time, to adjust the camera wherever they like, for a new, multi-camera experience of live music.


The application


There is a thoroughly updated medici.tvapp for Android and Apple devices that offers music lovers a free virtual seat at the greatest classical performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world. The previous edition of the app had already been named one of the top five classical apps by New York’s WQXR, which pointed out that the app “allows you to peek inside great European concert halls.” Part of the all-devices strategy, this new, improved app for tablets and smart phones gives users the ability to intuitively navigate through more than 1,300 HD videos, including both performances and documentaries. Available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play store, the app gives users access to more than 100 live concert webcasts each year from top classical artists and the finest music institutions across the globe – without ads and in the ideal video quality according to your internet connection. Users can watch a live event and then watch it again whenever and wherever they want. More than 70,000 music lovers have downloaded the app since it was first created, enjoying an enriched experience of classical music unrivaled on the web. Read more about apps here:




Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 180,000 music and arts lovers from 182 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems, now offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Consumers of Samsung Smart TVs can now access the application worldwide in 170 countries on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 models, as well as all future ones. More than 70 client universities around the world take advantage of, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.


In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live events each year, has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,300 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, masterclasses, artist portraits and archival material by such legendary musicians as Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.


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