Bachtrack Newsletter | 8 January 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to our weekly newsletter with recommendations for streamed concerts, opera and dance. Bachtrack continues to be your trusty guide to live events still happening, as well as a portal to online performances with our library of nearly 1,000 “live-streamed” or “on demand” events. We publish reviews covering the best of both worlds. 

Gustav Mahler’s
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Live from Rome, Daniele Gatti and baritone Markus Werba join the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in a pair of concerts celebrating the Austrian musical landscape, from Haydn to Beethoven and Mahler.

A Choral Odyssey

Join The Sixteen and Sir Simon Russell Beale on a voyage of choral discovery, exploring iconic buildings and the unique stories that bind them to their choral heritage, from Byrd at Hatfield House to Purcell at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Live from around the world

Singapore Symphony
The orchestra’s principal Ng Pei-Sian stars in Shostakovich’s dark First Cello Concerto

Bayerische Staatsoper
Peter Maxwell Davies depicts George III in his monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King

Orchestre de Paris
Ariane Matiakh conducts an impressionist programme of Fauré and Strauss

Bournemouth SO
Jennifer Johnston joins the orchestra for Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

The Hallé
A programme full of orchestral colours, from Copland’s Quiet City to Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye

Royal Stockholm PO
Enjoy the heavenly pleasures of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, led by Alan Gilbert

Goodbye, 2020.
What now for 2021?

Many arts leaders have shared their thoughts with us over this pandemic year. Our director David Karlin reflects on what’s happened and what’s coming up.

Recommended Opera

Semele
Komische Oper
“Endless pleasure, endless love” awaits you in Barrie Kosky’s thrilling staging

Don Carlo
Wiener Staatsoper
Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto lead a stellar cast

Armida
Metropolitan Opera
Renée Fleming stars in Rossini’s take on Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata

Bon Appétit!
Opera Philadelphia
Jamie Barton delights as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s delicious one-woman opera 

Recommended Dance

Giselle
Wiener Staatsballett

Adolphe Adam’s eerie ballet in a choreography by Elena Tschernischova

Baroque Suite
Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

A choreographed evening to music by Antonio Vivaldi and Alessandro Marcello

Latest reviews

Sydney
Opera Australia returns with glitzy Art Deco Merry Widow

Tokyo
Jonathan Nott reunited with Tokyo Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth

London
Vladimir Jurowski leads the LPO in rarely played works

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Stay safe and enjoy our streaming recommendations. 

Mark Pullinger, Elisabeth Schwarz, David and Alison Karlin

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