In May 2022 Bachtrack reviewed 164 events in 64 cities:

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This is where Bachtrack was in May 2022

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

Mitsuko Uchida in Vienna

A more thoughtful and intentional artist is hard to come by today, and one who graces the Musikverein donning fabulous silver shoes on top of her pianistic gifts must be heaven-sent. 

“She welcomes us in and creates an intentional space of beauty and warmth”

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Dame Mitsuko Uchida
© Dieter Nail | Musikverein

Oslo Philharmonic in Vienna

The grand finale of the Oslo Philharmonic's Sibelius cycle at the Wiener Konzerthaus ends with a grand finale – the famous Swan Hymn of the Fifth Symphony.

“And the swans? They soared.”

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Klaus Mäkelä conducts the Oslo Philharmonic
© Lukas Beck

Kunstkamer in Sydney

The Australian Ballet's impressively-danced Kunstkamer is a work of astonishing scale, originality, and warmth, choreographed by Paul Lighfoot, Sol León, Marco Goecke and Crystal Pite.

“By intermission, it was clear that all the hype actually undersold the magnificence”

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Artists of Australian Ballet in Kunstkamer
© Daniel Boud

Giulio Cesare in Egitto in Paris

Sabine Devieilhe delivers an A-list performance as the Egyptian queen, donning a variety of Hollywood guises at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

“Senators circle around Cesare, hinting at his brutal not so happy-ever-after”

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Sabine Devieilhe (Cleopatra)
© Vincent Pontet

Orfeo ed Euridice in Tokyo

Several notable house debuts, including the renowned director and choreographer Sabuto Teshigawara, enlivened the New National Theatre's first-ever production of Gluck's opera.

“It was a tour de force performance by Zazzo, who dominated the stage for most of the opera”

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Rie Miyake (Amore), Valda Wilson (Euridice) and Lawrence Zazzo (Orfeo)
© Rikimaru Hotta

Hamlet in New York

Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Met is a worthy addition to the operatic canon, and the production is a treat. 

“Clayton... has an easy, natural physicality that is extremely rare among opera singers”

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Jacques Imbrailo (Horatio) and Allan Clayton (Hamlet)
© Karen Almond | Met Opera

7 Death of Maria Callas in Naples

Marina Abramović's reflection on fame, artistry and death makes an enthralling Italian debut at the Teatro di San Carlo.

“Conjures up the image of two mirrors facing each other, reflecting a figure ad infinitum”

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Marina Abramović in 7 Deaths of Maria Callas
© Luciano Romano

Le Nozze di Figaro in Seattle

A light, amiable touch predominates in the Peter Kazaras production of Le nozze di Figaro, with a focus on the opera's impeccable comic pacing.

“Soraya Mafi gave a multifaceted account of Susanna, adjusting like a chameleon to those around her”

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Ryan McKinny (Figaro) and Soraya Mafi (Susanna)
© Sunny Martini

The Wreckers at Glyndebourne

Smyth's rarely performed tale of evil deeds on the Cornish coast provides searing drama marred by poor intelligibility and an overpowering orchestra.

“To convince one about the true merits of this opera, the score deserves a more nuanced, more transparent performance” 

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Karis Tucker (Thurza) and Glyndebourne Chorus
© Richard Hubert Smith

Gautier Capuçon in Prague

The French cellist stays sharp with longtime chamber partner Jérôme Ducros and proudly introduces the first laureate of his new foundation.

“Capuçon reached deep, working every note for dramatic and emotional impact” 

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Gautier Capuçon and Jérôme Ducros
© Pražské jaro | Petra Hajská

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