It's not just a Festival, it's an Experience!

"This autumn, you'd be hard pressed to find a more cultural experience than the Canberra International Music Festival: ten days of bliss for the eyes, the ears… and tastebuds.  The Festival has it all: from medieval bards to baroque excellence, from classic refinement to contemporary discoveries, interspersed with gallery visits, forums, discussions and culinary tastings. Indeed, the mix of international guests with something to say, Australians at the top of their game, eager young musicians and senior artists with a lifetime of experience creates a heady brew.

"Music making may be the centrepiece of the Festival but the experience is all encompassing. Come see for yourself between 27 April - 6 May, the 24th Canberra International Music Festival."

Roland Peelman, Artistic Director

Discovery and re-discovery make the Festival experience so wonderful. So why not treat yourself and take in more than just one event at CIMF2018? Here are some recommendations to get you started:

If you like Israel in Egypt, you'll love Il Ritorno

Ulysses Now
Wednesday, 2 May at 6:30pm
Fitters' Workshop

One of the great pillars of Italian opera, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno is a study in humanity and compassion. Featuring Chloe Lankshear, soprano; Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano; Tobias Cole, countertenor; Dan Walker, tenor; Andrew Fysh, bass - along with an all star cast of Festival artists.

If you like The Trout, you'll love Classsic Souvenir

Classic Souvenir
Sunday, 29 April at 6:30pm
Fitters' Workshop

Beethoven's Sonata op. 96 is characteristic of his late style: ineffable beauty and restrained exaltation. Performed by Cecilia Bernardini and Keiko Shichijo, two of Europe’s most respected performers on historic instruments of the early 19th century.

If you liked Antiqua Forma, you'll love I Bassifondi

I Bassifondi
Saturday, 5 May at 11am
Fitters' Workshop

Led by Roman lute/theorbo player Simone Vallerotonda, I Bassifondi – freely translated as “the wrong side of the tracks” – have recently shot to fame with irreverent and catchy versions of guitar music from the 16th and 17th century.

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