Barry and Beethoven: this week’s best UK classical concerts

Thomas Adès programmes the great German composer alongside works by Gerald Barry, while pianist Richard Goode tackles two of his late sonatas

1 Barry and Beethoven

Over the next three years, Thomas Adès will conduct all Beethoven’s symphonies with the Britten Sinfonia. Excitingly, Adès is programming Beethoven alongside works by Gerald Barry.
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, 27 May; Barbican Hall, EC2, 30 May

2 Richard Goode

The US pianist made his name in Europe with his superb recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The second part of his latest programme is devoted to two of the most sublime late sonatas, after a first half divided between a Bach Partita and a Chopin sequence.
Assembly Rooms, Bath, 28 May; Royal Festival Hall, SE1, 31 May

3 Semele

Garsington Opera opts for frothy Handel to launch its new season. Annilese Miskimmon directs the new staging, with Jonathan Cohen making his Garsingston debut in the pit, and Heidi Stober in the title role.
Wormsley Estate, nr High Wycombe, 1 June to 4 July

4 L’Orfeo

In the year of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner’s performances of the Monteverdi operas have been the most outstanding celebrations so far. The series ends at the beginning of Monteverdi’s career with a concert staging of L’Orfeo, first performed in 1607.
Colston Hall, Bristol, 28 May

5 La Rondine

Opera Holland Park opens its summer season with La Rondine, one of Puccini’s mature stage works. Matthew Kofi Waldren conducts Martin Lloyd-Evans’s production, in which Elizabeth Llewellyn sings the central role of Magda. Matteo Lippi is Ruggero, the lover she finally abandons.
Holland Park Theatre, W8, 1-23 June

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