In June 2022 Bachtrack reviewed 126 events in 61 cities:

This is where Bachtrack was in June 2022

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

Flammen in Prague

Calixto Bieito's surreal production of Erwin Schulhoff's forgotten opera takes the audience to the heart of darkness.

“Calixto Bieito takes up the gauntlet by going directly to the dark heart of the piece”

Denys Pivnitskyi (Don Juan)
© Zdeněk Sokol

Peter Grimes in Venice

Finally reaching the stage of the Venetian theatre, Benjamin Britten's first major opera meets with success thanks to Juraj Valčuha's conducting, Paul Curran's staging and an excellent cast.

“Grimes scoffs and scowls, pacing the floor like a caged animal”

Andrew Staples (Peter Grimes)
© Michele Crosera

L’Orfeo in Vienna

An energized cast delivers in a visually eye-popping production as Monteverdi's opera appears at the Haus am Ring for the very first time. 

“Kate Lindsey, who is not only a dream vocally, but possesses stage presence to burn”

Kate Lindsey (La musica)
© Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn

Like Water for Chocolate in London

Laura Esquivel’s extraordinary novel of recipes, romances and home remedies brought to life in Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot's new creation. 

“bringing the pacy momentum of musical theatre into classical ballet”

Francesca Hayward (Tita)
© ROH | Tristram Kenton

Turandot in Berlin

Philipp Stölzl depicts Turandot as a tragedy of a lonely princess who pays dearly for her cruelty in his fascinating new production at the Staatsoper Berlin.

“a new perspective on the plight of the ice princess as a lonely figure”

Yusif Eyvazov (Calaf) and the Staatsopernchor
© Matthias Baus

The Excursions of Mr Brouček in West Horsley

Janáček’s satirical opera The Excursions of Mr Brouček may not be among his greatest dramatic works, yet it earns its place in the limelight for its musical, visual and dramatic wit at Grange Park Opera.

“the emphasis is on humour and the fun is often remorseless”

Peter Hoare (Mr Brouček)
© Marc Brenner

The London Symphony Orchestra in London

Sir Simon Rattle conducts 80+ members of the LSO in the monumental Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale in a site-specific performance inside – and outside – St Paul’s Cathedral.

“all utterly bonkers but guaranteed to leave the audience grinning in delight”

The LSO, Guildhall School and Music Academy brass in the nave of St Paul's Cathedral
© LSO | Mark Allan

Wayne McGregor's work in Milan

McGregor's new creation for the Milanese company imagines Les Noces as a sequel to his take on The Rite of Spring.

“Ferri... made her gestures of despair and rage devour the space all around her”

Alessandra Ferri and Marco Agostino in AfteRite
© Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala

Rusalka in High Wycombe 

It's taken two years for Jack Furness' new production of Dvořák's greatest opera to reach the Garsington stage, but it is entirely worth the wait, with a breathtaking performance from Natalya Romaniw in the title role.

“Garsington’s Rusalka is the pinnacle of what opera can and should be”

Natalya Romaniw (Rusalka) and Musa Ngqungwana (Vodník)
© Clive Barda

Joyce DiDonato and Nézet-Séguin in New York

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts, while Joyce DiDonato again proves her exceptional ability to connect with an audience. 

“Regal or passionate, wounded or vengeful, she only needed a few stanzas to fully bring to life Didon's complex character”

Joyce DiDonato and the MET Orchestra
© Evan Zimmerman | Met Opera

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