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Best of the Summer’s Classical Events Live on Verbier Festival (July 17-Aug 2), Operalia (July 19) and Salzburg Festival (Aug 9-16)

Fresh from the unprecedented success of its webcast of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition – with more than 9 million worldwide views and nearly 2 million unique visitors – continues its blockbuster summer season with live webcasting from the cream of European classical festivals and more. From July 17 to August 16, will be webcasting the very best in the summer’s classical music, from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Operalia in London and the Salzburg Festival in Austria. A brand name/hash tag has been created – #MediciOnTheBeach – to link social-media activity around the webcasting of these events, underscoring the opportunity for music lovers to access great live performances no matter where they may be this summer. Additional special live events from the U.S. and China will be announced in the coming days, adding even more allure to this #MediciOnTheBeach season.

Once again, returns to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, with a live webcast lineup of 25 concerts from July 17 to August 2. The opening webcast, at 1:00pm EST on July 17, will see Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct Richard Strauss and Schubert, as well as Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été sung by star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. The subsequent concerts will feature the likes of Valery Gergiev, Joshua Bell, Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov, András Schiff, Mischa Maisky, Lisa Batiashvili, Leonidas Kavakos and Avi Avital, among many other of today’s most compelling soloists and chamber musicians. A full listing of Verbier concerts live on appears below.

Operalia – the international opera competition led by Plàcido Domingo – has its Domingo-conducted finale in London on July 19, and will be there to webcast the event live at 1:00pm EST. At the Salzburg Festival, the events webcast live by will include a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio with tenor Jonas Kaufmann and conductor Franz Welser-Möst (August 13, 8:00 pm EST), as well as a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti that will include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter (August 16, 11:00 am EST).

The appeal of continues to grow around the world, with the incredible success of its Tchaikovsky Competition webcasts underscoring the global draw of classical music when presented with forward-minded enthusiasm. The official social media channels for the Tchaikovsky Competition have an accumulated reach so far of nearly 10.5 million, with an engagement of some 1.7 million interactions. The number of additional video views on just the official YouTube channel is already well over half a million.


Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 230,000 music and arts lovers from 180 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems (Chromecast, Airplay, Smart TVs), 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 all mobile devices. In addition, more than 80 client universities around the world take advantage of, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.

New partnerships include the distribution of a selection of content through major digital platforms including iTunes, Samsung, Amazon, Canal +, GVT in Brazil and Shanghai Media Group, confirming’s role as the leading digital provider and aggregator of audiovisual classical music programs worldwide.

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 some 1,500 video-on-demand programs. These 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.

Summer festivals and more on

Verbier Festival

July 17, 1:00 pm
Opening Concert
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major “Great”

July 18, 1:00 pm
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
András Schiff, piano
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

July 19, 8:30 am
Alondra de la Parra, conductor
Yuri Bashmet, viola
First concert of Verbier Festival Music Camp Orchestra

July 19, 1:00 pm
Denis Matsuev, piano
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka

July 20, 5:00 am
Mark Padmore, tenor
James Baillieu, piano
Lyric Recital

July 20, TBA
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Daniela Barcellona, Piotr Beczala, Simone Piazzolla, Ildar Abdrazakov, David Shipley
Verdi and Rachmaninoff

July 21, 1:00 pm
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Malin Hartelius, soprano
Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo-soprano
Tilman Lichdi, tenor
Konstantin Wolff, bass
RIAS Kammerchor
Ton Koopman, conductor
Mozart: Requiem
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3

July 22, 1:00 pm
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Alexandra Conunova, violin
David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Blythe Teh Engstroem, viola
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Lynn Harrell, cello
Mischa Maisky, cello
Edgar Moreau, cello
Leigh Mesh, double bass
Pretty Yende, soprano
Sergei Babayan, piano
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Olivier Darbellay, horn
Works by Schumann, J. Strauss and Schubert

July 23, 1:00 pm
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Works by Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky

July 24, 5:00 am
Edgar Moreau, cello
Julien Quentin, piano
Works by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Poulenc

July 24, 12:00 pm
Thomas Quasthoff, conductor
Mark Padmore, tenor (Évangéliste)
Manuel Walser, baritone (Jésus)
Christiane Karg, soprano
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Mauro Peter, tenor
Christopher Maltman, baritone
Ya-Fei Chuang, organ
Robert Levin, organ
Nicolas Altstaedt, continuo
Martin Zeller, viola da gamba
RIAS Kammerchor
Schola de Sion
Bach: St. Matthew Passion

July 25, 5:00 am
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Ferenc Rados, piano
Works by Mozart, Bartók and Schumann

July 25, 1:00 pm
Sergei Babayan, piano
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Works by Rachmaninoff and Liszt

July 26, 1:00 pm
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Works by Strauss, Prokofiev and Dvorák

July 27, 5:00 am
Menahem Pressler, piano
Works by Mozart, Schubert, Chopin

July 27, 1:00 pm
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
Mischa Maisky, cello
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Tatiana Monogarova, soprano
Works by Shchedrin, Copland, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns and Schumann

July 28, 5:00 am
Truls Mork, cello
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Works by Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin

July 28, 1:00 pm
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Works by Ravel, Liszt and Stravinsky

July 29, 5:00 am
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Anna Lee, violin
Jiyoon Lee, violin
Daniel Lozakovitj, violin
Quatuor Arod
Théotime Viosin, double bass
Julien Quentin, piano, harpsichord
“Roots”: Romanian folk music

July 28, 1:00 pm
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Sunhae Im, soprano
Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano
Chœur Suisse des Jeunes
Oberwalliser Vokalensemble
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”

July 30, 1:00 pm
Paul McCreesh, conductor
Truls Mork, cello
Works by Handel, Schumann and Brahms

July 31, 5:00 am
Avi Avital, mandolin
Works by Sauli, Roustom, Kuwahara, Bach and Bloch

July 31, 2:00 pm
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Truls Mork, cello
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Works by Beethoven Schubert and Brahms

August 1, 1:00 pm
Joshua Bell, violin
Pretty Yende, soprano
Works by Mozart, Bruch and Beethoven

August 2, TBA
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Ildikó Komlósi, mezzo-soprano
Marthe Keller, narration
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Works by Liszt and Bartók


Operalia: Final Round
July 19, 1:00 pm
Plácido Domingo, conductor
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Covent Garden, London


Salzburg Festival
August 9, 6:00 pm
Dan Ettinger, conductor
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

August 13, 8:00 pm
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Beethoven: Fidelio

August 16, 11:00 am
Vienna Philharmonic
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin



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