In April 2022 Bachtrack reviewed 140 events in 65 cities:

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This is where Bachtrack was in April 2022

Here are ten reviews in English you shouldn't miss, according to our Editor:

Lucia di Lammermoor in New York

The Met unveils Simon Stone’s new production is set in a working class American town in decline... an interesting concept that ultimately fails to overcome its own cluttered ideas.

“Lucia, in her white wedding gown drenched with blood, is reminiscent of the horror film, Carrie”

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Nadine Sierra (Lucia)
© Marty Sohl | Met Opera

Tosca in Amsterdam

Barrie Kosky's psychological thriller approach to Tosca at Dutch National Opera benefits greatly from the strong performances of its three principals.

“a blood-curdling psychological tension that keeps rising... not for the faint-hearted”

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Gevorg Hakobyan (Scarpia) and Dutch National Opera Chorus
© Marco Borggreve

Dante in Los Angeles

Thomas Adès' score to Wayne McGregor's ballet The Dante Project transfers to the concert hall in Los Angeles. 

“less preoccupied here with concise statements, allowing the sound tapestry to breathe more”

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Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Adès and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
© Courtesy of the LA Phil

Pique Dame in Baden-Baden

The Baden-Baden Easter Festival offers a memorable production of Pique Dame with excellent musical performances convincing in Leiser and Caurier's updating of the plot.

“Stikhina expressed the heroine’s conflicted loyalties with superb control... a triumph”

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Elena Stikhina (Liza) and Aigul Akhmetshina (Polina)
© Monika Rittershaus

Swan Lake in San Francisco

Swan Lake is the last program of the San Francisco Ballet’s season and of the 37-year tenure of retiring artistic director Helgi Tomasson.

“this company, under Tomasson’s tutelage, is as good as ballet gets”

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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Swan Lake
© Erik Tomasson

The Handmaid's Tale in London

Poul Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale comes home to English National Opera after 20 years in a powerful new production by Annilese Miskimmon.

“Kate Lindsey – making her ENO debut – gives a career-defining performance as Offred”

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Kate Lindsey (Offred)
© Catherine Ashmore

Vaughan Williams from The Hallé in Manchester

Memorable performances of Vaughan Williams' darkest and brightest symphonies at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

“their sound in the fortissimos... overwhelming without ever compromising on diction”

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Roderick Williams, Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha and Sir Mark Elder
© Tom Stephens

Anneleen Lenaerts with the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna

If in heaven there are indeed harps, then it would be hard to imagine a better angel to recruit than Anneleen Lenaerts, who performed Glière's concerto with her Philharmonic brothers and sisters in arms in the Musikverein. 

“Lenaerts, resplendent in a rich blue gown... was completely at ease in Glière's idiom”

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Anneleen Lenaerts, Tugan Sokhiev and the Vienna Philharmonic
© Terry Linke

Das Rheingold in Zurich

A match made in heaven: director's Homoki's compelling interpretation of Das Rheingold is married to exciting musical direction from Gianandrea Noseda, not to mention the stellar cast of singers. 

“kudos goes to the horns for their sure navigation through treacherous pianissimo arpeggios”

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Matthias Klink (Loge) with David Soar, Oleg Davydov, Patricia Bardon and Omer Kobiljak
© Monika Rittershaus

Anna Karenina in Sydney

Yuri Possokhov's Anna Karenina aims to be a dark psychological drama, but its uneven character development and unengaging choreography fail to satisfy.

“it all creates a strong silver-screen, psychodrama feel”

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Callum Linnane (Vronsky) and Robyn Hendricks (Anna)
© Jeff Busby

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