Welcome to Bachtrack

Make Bachtrack your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide from the top performers of today to the emerging stars of tomorrow. With the largest selection of upcoming events in our database you can search for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we publish each month across the world.
August 2015
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27282930310102
03040506070809
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31010203040506
Evening performance
Matinee performance

Playing the operatic villain: Interview with Jay Hunter Morris

As a tenor, Jay Hunter Morris is used to playing the love interest. In Jennifer Higdon’s new opera Cold Mountain, which receives its world première on 1 August at Santa Fe Opera, the tables are turned and he gets to portray a nasty, dark villain himself. 

Trip report: Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 2015

Impressions of Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival from three days in July 2015
© Chris Christodoulou
© Chris Christodoulou

Guide to the BBC Proms

To find out what we thought of the most recent Prom and to see what's coming up in the next week, check out the Bachtrack BBC Proms page.

Bachtrack reviewers' pick of the Proms

Following our preview of the 2015 BBC Proms season, we asked our reviewers who'll be helping cover the season for Bachtrack for their top 3 recommendations. A rich and varied bunch (both the recommendations and the reviewers!) emerged, with pride of place going to... the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
FOCUS ON FESTIVALS 2015

Music at the Marina: Seafront Classics in Turkey

Classical music festivals inhabit varied locations around the globe: country houses, castles, cathedrals, Alpine slopes. But have you ever encountered a classical music festival held at a marina?

A very cultural desert: Santa Fe Opera 2015 in preview

Santa Fe Opera's 2015 season comprises five new productions, including the world première of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. The operas span the old and the new, the famous and the less familiar, the scandalous and the light hearted.
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

Cold Mountain

Higdon: Cold Mountain
Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Leonard Foglia; Santa Fe Opera; Robert Brill; David C. Woolard; Isabel Leonard; Emily Fons

L'Amour de loin

Saariaho: L'Amour de loin
Ernest Martinez Izquierdo; Robert Lepage; Opera de Quebec; Michael Curry; Erin Wall; Tamara Mumford

Salome

Strauss R.: Salome
David Robertson; Daniel Slater; Santa Fe Opera; Leslie Travers; Alexandrina Pendatchanska; Michaela Martens

Strauss II

Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi; Gaetano D'Espinosa

Prom 39: Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Robin Ticciati; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Mari Eriksmoen; Sally Matthews; Edgaras Montvidas; Brenden Gunnell
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Phantasm plays Bach

Bach
Phantasm

Musical Brunch - Bach Solo Violin Sonatas

Bach: Violin sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV1003
Cristina Zacharias, Violin

Eternal Harmony: The Music of JS Bach

Bach
William Christie; Les Arts Florissants

Proms Saturday Matinee 3: Alina Ibragimova and Apollo’s Fire

Bach C.P.E., Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach
Jeannette Sorrell; Alina Ibragimova; The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo's Fire

Free Concert - Waking up with Bach

Bach
Dorukhan Doruk, Cello
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Die Walküre: the triumph of love over spectacle

Frank Castorf's Soviet-era farm-setting does not obtrude on the emotional core of Wagner's Die Walküre, with excellent performances from Johan Botha, Anja Kampe and Claudia Mahnke, with superlative playing from the Festival Orchestra.
****1
Read more

Celestial Mozart despite the earthbound plot

Mozart himself might have pulled a few weeds from this early opera. Lovely voices and sprightly playing can't overcome an overgrown plot in Santa Fe. 
***11
Read more

Making a strong case for Beethoven's Choral Fantasy

For modern ears, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is a curious beast, a hybrid of orchestral, concertante and choral genres and thus quite difficult to programme in a regular concert. 
****1
Read more

A charismatic Fiddler on the Roof

Dancing, jokes, a pogrom and Bryn Terfel balancing on milk vats. It could only be Fiddler on the Roof. Grange Park Opera took an eclectic combination and planted if successfully on the Proms stage.
****1
Read more

Tag-team Prokofiev triumphs at the Proms

What on paper might have looked like a circus act – wheeling out three pianists to plough through Prokofiev’s five piano concertos – turned out to be a fascinating opportunity to compare and contrast.
****1
Read more
2015 - 16 SEASON PREVIEWS: May and June are the months when orchestras and opera houses announce their new seasons. Read Bachtrack's highlights here.

Vienna Symphony Orchestra’s new season

After a season focusing on Schubert’s symphonies, Philippe Jordan and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra turn to Beethoven and Bartók.

One-shot saloon: Operalia triumph for the ladies

Operalia is a curious beast among voice competitions. Step onto the stage, belt out your aria and, before you’ve barely had time to acknowledge the applause, the next contestant shuffles along the conveyor belt. A one-shot saloon. 

A Bavarian Smorgasbord

With 43 productions ranging from the baroque to a world première set in Antarctica, the Bayersche Staatsoper's 2015/6 season provides something for everyone.

BBC Cardiff Singer prize eludes favourite

Cardiff Castle hosted an entertaining bout of medieval jousting yesterday afternoon, but in the evening all eyes and ears turned to the vocal jousting in St David’s Hall.

Meyerbeer rarity heads new Deutsche Oper season

Political intrigues in exotic settings lie at the heart of three new productions at Deutsche Oper next season, headed by a rare outing for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in its original version, as left by the composer, under the title Vasco de Gama. 

Expo Milan: a city alive with music

Visitors to Milan's Expo site will be bowled over by the scale of it all. The New York Times recently voted Milan the number must go destination for 2015 - with so much happening in the city, who could argue? 

Bel canto and gang rape: thoughts on Guillaume Tell

The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera's production of Guillaume Tell caused an uproar at the première and has caused a great deal of comment since. David Karlin argues that director Damiano Michieletto failed by succeeding too well.

Hitting the rocks: Michieletto's Guillaume Tell

Sadly, Damiano Michieletto and Antonio Pappano's production is more likely to be remembered for its failings – the awful rape scene, its dullness, plus a list of annoying details too long to mention – than for its musical excellence. It’s worth seeing to get a feel of both.
***11
Read more