Bachtrack Newsletter | 11 September 2020

Welcome to our weekly newsletter with recommendations for streamed concerts, opera and dance. As live performances resume in many parts of the globe, Bachtrack continues to be your trusty guide to what’s on where, as well as a portal to online performances with our library of “(live) streamed” and “on demand” events. We publish reviews covering the best of both worlds. 

Opera for all, live from Zürich

After the cancellation of its Oper für alle in June, Oper Zürich has created an alternative online festival weekend between 25-27 September.
Watch live the new productions of Kálmán’s Die Csárdásfürstin and the epic Boris Godunov, plus the first revival of Maria Stuarda, all featuring top quality casts. 

Live from the concert hall

Wigmore Hall
Christian Gerhaher launches Wigmore Hall’s autumn series with Berg and Schubert Lieder

Budapest 
The Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to Müpa, performing Beethoven and Mahler

Gothenburg
Symphonies by Sibelius and Shostakovich are on the bill from Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the GSO

John Gilhooly: “Major gifts don’t just fall from the sky”

One of the most influential figures in the UK musical scene talks about Wigmore Hall’s efforts to survive the pandemic and his positive message about the post-pandemic future. 

Free streaming: lifeline or noose?

“Vienna, Paris, Pärnu, Bamberg, Hamburg, Salzburg… I clocked up virtual air miles by the bucketload.” Mark Pullinger offers a personal reflection on streaming during lockdown… and how the attitude to free content needs to change.

Recommended Opera

Les Troyens
As part of its French week, the Met Opera present Berlioz’s operatic take on Virgil’s Aeneid

The Gambler
Watch Asmik Grigorian in Vasily Barkhatov’s new staging from Lithuanian National Opera

Les Indes galantes
A contemporary twist in Clément Cogitore’s energetic Opéra de Paris Rameau show

Recommended Concerts

Barbara Hannigan
Ophelia’s words, Hans Abrahamsen’s music: let me tell you with the Bamberg Symphony 

Juan Diego Flórez
Popular Peruvian tenor performs in recital from the Salzburg Festival… including 5 encores!

Marianne Crebassa
The French mezzo joins Daniel Barenboim and friends for a Debussy recital in Berlin

Recommended Dance

The Sleeping Beauty
Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Marianela Núñez and Vladislav Lantratov guest in the Tchaikovsky classic in Rome 

Allegria
Compagnie Accrorap
Hip hop ballet transformed into a dance poem in  Kader Attou’s Allegria

Latest reviews

Amsterdam
Dutch National Opera reopens with a new creation, Faust [working title]

London
Getting the band back together: Antonio Pappano leads The Royal Opera’s return

Hamburg
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is back at the Elbphilharmonie with Sir George Benjamin

Sydney
Verklärte Nacht stars in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s return to concert life

London
Elegance and accuracy from Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia at the BBC Proms

Bayreuth
Porpora’s Carlo il Calvo opens Max Emanuel Cenčić’s new festival Bayreuth Baroque

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We hope you enjoy our articles, reviews and musical selections. 

Mark Pullinger, Elisabeth Schwarz, David and Alison Karlin

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