Russian piano virtuoso Arcadi Volodos returns to Hong Kong for a recital chock-full of German classics, such as Schumann’s “Papillons,” Brahms’ “3 Intermezzi” and one of Schubert’s final sonatas, “Piano Sonata No. 20 in A.” Known for his interpretation of Romantic compositions, Volodos has recorded Schubert sonatas and Rachmaninov solo pieces, as well as a Gramophone Awardwinning album devoted to Catalonian composer Federico Mompou. Jul 26, 8pm. Concert Hall,
City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central.
$180-400 from urbtix.hk. Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini’s timeless opera gets a pared-down staging courtesy of
Opera Hong Kong’s stunning ensemble. In Puccini’s tragic tale, a Japanese woman, Cio-Cio-San, falls in love with the American Lieutenant Pinkerton, gets pregnant, and is abandoned until he comes back to take her child away. This production stars sopranos Nancy Yuen and Louise Kwong (pictured) taking turns as Cio-Cio-San and Adam Diegel as Pinkerton. Aug 16-17, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central.
$80-350 from urbtix.hk.
Fazil Say Plays Mozart & Say
Fazil Say, described by Le Figaro as “one of the greatest artists of the 21st century,” will be performing with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of director/conductor Yip Wing-sie.
This orchestral performance marks the Hong
Kong première of his “Silk Road” piano concerto, inspired by the dramatic journey from Tibet to Turkey; he will also be performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 21. In the latter half of the night, the Sinfonietta will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Jul 23, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. $200-420 from urbtix.com. The stand-out performers from the Melbourne International Comedy Fest are making their rounds through Asia. Catch a showcase of Australia’s best funnypersons, including Mel Buttle, Bob Franklin (pictured), Ivan Aristeguieta, Sam Taunton and the UK’s Phil Wang as they make their stop at the Fringe Club. Through Jul 24. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central. $250
395 from hkticketing.com.
Arcadi Volodos Piano Recital