In March 2022 Bachtrack reviewed 154 events in 60 cities:

This is where Bachtrack was in March 2022

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

Ariadne auf Naxos in New York

The Norwegian soprano is acclaimed at the Met in Richard Strauss' mash-up of commedia dell'arte and tragic opera. 

“then, Lise Davidsen, our Ariadne, opens up and it's as if the room has a pulse”

Lise Davidsen (Ariadne)
© Marty Sohl | Met Opera

Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro in Vienna

Pageantry abounds as the popular mezzo-soprano turns the Konzerthaus Wien into a sort of classical music, multisensory varieté.

“the evening held together... because it felt honest behind all its trappings, not gimmicky”

Joyce DiDonato
© Lukas Beck

The Hours in Philadelphia

Despite beautifully realized performances from Renée Fleming and Kelli O'Hara, Kevin Puts' opera is still finding its voice.

“Fleming injected a fair amount of flint into her customary warmth”

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and cast of The Hours
© Jessica Griffin

Der ferne Klang in Prague

Franz Schreker's innovative study of artistic aspiration and despair gets a fresh look and loving musical treatment.

“the visuals are compelling but incongruous, a phantasmic detour”

Svetlana Aksenova (Grete) and Ivo Hrachovec (Baron)
© Zdeněk Sokol

The Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov in London

There could be no more appropriate choice than the Glagolitic Mass, with its text of Old Church Slavonic, for a concert which Bychkov had dedicated to the people of Ukraine.

“blazoned forth by Czech trumpets and horns, the steely strings following with their urgent rhythm”

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic
© Petr Kadlec

Turandot in Rome

The controversial artist stages his first opera in Rome, with strong musical performances under dynamic Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv. 

“Lyniv's reading was analytical but at the same time highly expressive” 

Rodrigo Ortiz (Altoum), Ewa Vesin (Turandot) and Angelo Villari (Calaf)
© Fabrizio Sansoni | Opera di Roma

La Bayadère in Oslo

Norwegian National Ballet opened its new run of Natalia Makarova’s staging, with Whitney Jensen and Lania Atkins making outstanding impressions as Nikiya and Gamzatti. 

“each position that reminded us that to be a ballerina, is to be a living art form”

Whitney Jensen (Nikiya)
© Erik Berg

Peter Grimes in London

Deborah Warner's intelligent new Covent Garden staging provides the perfect backdrop for a strong singing cast in Britten's maritime masterpiece.

“never have I seen a lynch mob presented so terrifyingly on an operatic stage” 

Cruz Fitz (The Boy), Allan Clayton (Peter Grimes)
© ROH | Yasuko Kageyama

Jewels in Milan

Balanchine’s sparkling ballet reveals Manuel Legris’ vision for the Milanese company. 

“a tangible joy of dancing and a lively, exhilarating energy spread from the stage” 

Maria Celeste Losa in George Balanchine's Rubies
© Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala

La Juive in Sydney

187 years after its Parisian debut, Halévy's La Juive receives its Australian premiere. A sterling cast under Carlo Montanaro reveals some unexpected beauties (and occasional longueurs) in this classic of French grand opéra.

“the title role was sung with passion by Natalie Aroyan”

Andrew Moran (Ruggiero), David Parkin (Cardinal Brogni), Francisco Brito, Opera Australia Chorus
© Prudence Upton

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