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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 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

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 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 hk­tick­et­

Ar­cadi Volo­dos Pi­ano Recital

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