Aida Garifullina, Olga Peretyatko, Kate Lindsey & Lawrence Brownlee Lead George Enescu Festival’s 2023 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The George Enescu Festival has announced its 2023 season. here is a look at the vocal performances.

Zubin Mehta is set to conduct Verdi’s “Otello”  with Fabio Sartori, Anastasia Bartoli, Luca Salsi, and Eleonora Filipponi.

Performance Date: August 28. 2023

Cristian Măcelaru conducts the WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln with soloist Matthias Goerne. The concert includes music by Dediu Formido, Mahler, and Bartók.

Performance Date: August 29, 2023

Zubin Mehta conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Christiane Karg. The program also includes Enescu’s Prélude from Œdipe.

Performance Date: August 29, 2023

Manfred Honeck conducts the Czech Philharmonic in a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, Dvořák’s Rusalka Fantasy, and Enescu’s Vox Maris. Cosmin Ifrim is the soloist.

Performance Date: August 31, 2023

Olga Peretyatko, Marus Vlad Budoiu, Matthias Samuil, and Horea Haplea are set to perform a recital with music by Gounod, De Falla, Puccini, Tosti, Santoro, Pimenta, Bizet, Mozart, Schumann, Gershwin, Brahms, Schubert, R. Strauss, Böhm, Stolz, Benatzky, Sorozábal, Grever, Lehár, Lehár, and Verdi.

Performance Date: Sept. 1, 2023

Valentina Nafornita performs alongside Plattform K+K Vienna. The program includes music by R. Strauss, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Respighi, Piazzolla, De Falla, Poulenc, and Gershwin.

Performance Date: Sept. 8, 2023

Avi Avital and the Rustavi Choir are set to perform Traditional Georgian and Traditional Klezmer music.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2023

Aida Garifullina and Claudio Vandelli perform a program of arias by Gounod, Bellini, Schubert, Verdi, Puccini, and Leoncavallo.

Performance Date: Sept. 10, 2023

The Transilvania (Bel)cantans will feature arias and duets by Gioacchino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti and feature Lawrence Brownlee, Rodica Vica, Ramona Zahari, and Mihail Dogotari.

Performance Date: Sept. 10, 2023

Lawrence Foster conducts Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Nadine Weissmann, Kevin Short, Annika Gerhards, Justin Hopkins, Vazgen Ghazaryan, and Noemi Modra.

Performance Date: Sept. 11, 2023

Hannu Lintu conducts Britten’s “Billy Budd” with Peter Wedd, Ville Rusanen, Timo Rihonen, Jonathan McGovern, Andrew Foster-Williams, Daniel Okulitch, Christopher Gillett, Mihai Damian, and Matti Turunen.

Performance Date: Sept. 12, 2023

Philippe Herreweghe conducts Bach’s Mass in B minor with Dorothee Mields, Margot Oitzinger, Alex Potter, Guy Cutting, and Peter Kooij.

Performance Date: Sept. 15, 2023

Daniel Grossmann conducts Chen Reiss and Tassilo Probst in a program of Hensel and Mendelssohn.

Performance Date: Sept. 15, 2023

Kate Lindsey and Baptiste Trotignon perform music by Weill and Zemlinsky.

Performance Date: Sept. 16, 2023

The George Enescu Philharmonic conducted by Arnaud Arbet will perform Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” Sarah Aristidou, Andrew Watts, Judith Thielsen, Marion Tasosu, Robin Adams, Sophie Pondjiclis, John Heuzenroeder, and Laurent Alvaro star.

Performance Date: Sept. 17, 2023

Maxime Pascal conducts Messiaen’s “Saint François d’Assise” with Elena Tsallagova, Damien Bigourdan, Tomas Tomasson, Safir Behloul, Rodolphe Briand, and Andriy Gnatiuk.

Performance Date: Sept. 20, 2023

Giovanni Antonini conducts Haydn’s The Seasons will be performed by Maximillian Schmitt and Florian Boesch.

Performance Date: Sept. 21, 2023

Jose Cura stars alongside Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra in a program by Carlos Guastavino.

Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2023

Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” will star Paulina Francisco, Georgia Burashko, Rebecca Leggett, Juliette Mey, Ilya Aksionov, and Rodrigo Carreto.

Performance Date: Sept. 24, 2023

Klaus Makela conducts Enescu’s Concert Overture on Popular Romanian Themes and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor with soloist Jennifer Johnston.

Performance Date: Sept.24, 2023