This is a busy week, beginning tonight with the latest offering in the acclaimed series of productions from Birmingham Conservatoire's School of Vocal and Operatic Studies.
This time round it's Purcell's Midsummer Night's Dream- based masque The Fairy Queen, directed by the inspirational Michael Barry (himself an expert on baroque dance) and conducted by the equally expert baroque specialist Jeffrey Skidmore. The show runs at the Crescent Theatre until Saturday, when there is a 2.30pm matinee in addition to each evening's 7.30pm performances (0121 643 5858).
More opera comes to Birmingham on Tuesday, when Welsh National Opera begins its latest residency at the Hippodrome. The company's intriguing new production of Mozart's Magic Flute can be seen on Tuesday and next Friday, an equally intriguing presentation of Verdi's Rigoletto is staged on Wednesday and next Saturday, while next Thursday offers a rare chance to see a semi-staged version of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (nothing, I might add, like Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. All performances begin at 7.15pm, with details on 0870 730 1234.
Slightly further afield, Longborough Festival Opera tucked enticingly away in the Cotswolds between Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-in-the-Wold begins this year's activities with Puccini's La Boheme tomorrow and Saturday (6.30pm with a 75-minute dinner/picnic interval, details on 01451 830292).
This year's opening instalment of Birmingham's four-year-long exploration of the complete works of Stravinsky continues at Symphony Hall on Saturday with a repeat performance of last night's CBSO programme conducted by Sakari Oramo (review tomorrow). The Scherzo Fantastique, Concerto in D for Strings and complete Firebird frame the austere, hard-edged Symphony of Psalmswith the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus (7pm, details on 0121 780 3333).
Then on Sunday attention switches to the CBSO Centre in Berkley Street, when Sakari Oramo conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in Stravinsky's Septet, Renard (with distinguished vocal soloists) and The Soldier's Tale, members of Dance Xchange and actors from Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborating (3pm, details on 0121 767 4050).
The same evening sees members of the CBSO starring in the latest concert presented by the excellent Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra at the Adrian Boult Hall. Michael Seal (CBSO violinist and recently appointed assistant conductor to that orchestra) conducts a programme which features his popular orchestral colleague Byron Parish as soloist in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto no.1. The all-Russian programme also includes Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture and Rachmaninov's wonderful Second Symphony (7.30pm, details on 0121 236 5622).
On Tuesday the Adrian Boult Hall is the venue for an evening celebrating the music of Andrew Downes, until recently head of Composition and Creative Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire (7.30pm), while the previous evening David Saint, the Conservatoire's head of Academic Studies, gives an organ recital at St Chad's Cathedral (where he is organist and choirmaster). His programme includes works by Bach, Mozart and Kenneth Leighton (7.30pm, details of both events on 0121 236 5622).
One of Birmingham's other great Catholic churches, the beautiful Oratory on the Hagley Road, hosts this year's Vespers by Candlelight concert from Ex Cathedra on Wednesday. English composers get the magical treatment this time (9pm, details on 0121 236 5622).
Birmingham Symphonic Winds bring their latest entertaining programme to the CBSO Centre on Saturday (7.30pm, 0121 767 4050), while the same evening sees important events in some of our region's churches. The Church of Our Blessed Lady, Halford brings the Sacconi String Quartet as part of this year's series of Concerts in Warwickshire Churches (7.30pm, details on 01789 740024). The Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Choir performs the well-loved Durufle Requiem in a programme which also includes works by Kenneth Leighton in the town's Holy Trinity Church (7.30pm, details on 01926 319119).
Solihull's beautiful medieval Church of St Alphege is the venue for a fund-raising concert featuring three local ensembles: the Arden Junior Singers, Surplus Cassocks and the Pether Quartet. The evening's highlight will be a performance of Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo, by Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz (7.30pm, details on 01675 442805). Saturday night also sees a " Summer Serenade" from tenor Russell Painter, baritone Jonathan Darby and pianist David Morgan at Kidderminster Town Hall (7.30pm, details on 01561 755990).
Tomorrow night, to conclude, brings a real "biggie" to our region, the enterprising concert series at Wyastone Leys near Monmouth (and little over an hour's motorway drive from Birmingham) hosting a recital from one of the world's greatest pianists, Grigory Sokolov. Earlier this season Sokolov stunned the CBSO audience with a wonderful account of Mozart's K488 A major Piano Concerto; tomorrow he turns his attention to Schubert and Chopin (7.45pm, details on 01600 891090).