In July 2022 Bachtrack reviewed 104 events in 50 cities:

This is where Bachtrack was in July 2022

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

Andris Nelsons and Yuja Wang at Tanglewood

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring receives a vigorous performance to launch the Tanglewood Festival... after Yuja Wang steps in to perform fiery Liszt. 

“her playing has a fluidity that transcends any considerations of difficulty”

Andris Nelsons, Yuja Wang and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
© Hilary Scott

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony at the BBC Proms in London

A huge hall, a huge orchestra and a huge chorus letting rip with a monster of the choral repertoire… We've missed this. 

“the bassoons had a pungently ecclesiastical whiff of incense about them”

Sakari Oramo
© BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Simone Young and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sydney

Simone Young marks the start of her tenure at the helm of the Sydney Symphony with a performance that showcases the outstanding acoustics of the renovated Concert Hall.

“powerful tuttis, without ever being distorted, were impressively ferocious”

Simone Young conducts soloists, the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
© Daniel Boud

The Estonian Festival Orchestra at the Pärnu Music Festival

In a programme of Lutosławski, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky conducted by Paavo Järvi, there are no weak links in the playing of the EFO and Stefan Dohr’s versatility on the horn is once again on display.

“like finding a sparkling jewel in the most unexpected place”

Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra
© Tõiv Jõul | Pärnu Music Festival

Silent Woman at Bard

Bard’s always courageous Music Director, Leon Botstein, never one to shy away from a challenge, presents Strauss' comedy uncut.

“Bard has engaged Christian Räth to unravel the tangles and he does so joyfully and tellingly”

Jana McIntyre (Aminta), Harold Wilson (Sir Morosus) and Edward Nelson (The Barber)
© Stephanie Berger

Parsifal at Oper Leipzig's Wagner 22 Festival

Ulf Schirmer bows out as General Music Director as the last of Wagner's 13 operas completes a successful Festival Wagner 22 in Leipzig.

“a rare opportunity to luxuriate in Wagner’s final stagework”

Ulf Schirmer
© Kirsten Nijhof

Petrushka at Venice's Biennale Danza

A new Petrushka full of contemporary anguish as Japanese artist Saburo Teshigawara presents a world premiere to celebrate his Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement award in Venice. 

“Teshigawara leads spectators on voyages into intimate turmoils through danced soliloquies”

Rihoko Sato and Saburo Teshigawara in Petrushka
© Andrea Avezzù, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Resurrection at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Following his Requiem at the 2019 Aix Festival, Romeo Castellucci surprises us with the purity and humility of his Mahler Second, conducted remarkably by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

“We witness the birth of tragedy around the discovery of a mass grave”

Résurrection par Romeo Castellucci au Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
© Monika Rittershaus

Margot la Rouge and Le Villi at Opera Holland Park

Puccini's Giselle-inspired opera is given a superb staging by Martin Lloyd-Evans to deliver Opera Holland Park's banger of the season. 

“Duprels vulnerability... was matched only by her spectral menace”

Anne Sophie Duprels (Anna) and Peter Auty (Roberto) in Le Villi
© Ali Wright

Emmanuel Pahud in Tokyo

Emmanuel Pahud plays a 70-minute solo programme in a near capacity audience in the 1600-seater concert hall.

“It was a spellbinding journey.”

Emmanuel Pahud
© Michiharu Okubo | Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation

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