Allan Clayton, Golda Schultz and Natalya Romaniw Highlight BBC Proms Live Program

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: © Sim Canetty-Clarke / Dario Acosta / Patrick Allen)

BBC Proms has announced the schedule for the two weeks of live performances at the Royal Albert Hall. Compared to the initial plans that were conveyed to the public in May, there will be no live audience.

For the purpose of this article, we will focus only on vocal performances.

The first night of the BBC Proms live program will feature BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Sakari Oramo. The program includes Hannah Kendall’s “Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama” (BBC commission, world premiere), Whitacre’s “Sleep,” Copland’s “Quiet City,”, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”

Performance date: August 28, 2020

Tenor Allan Clayton will perform with the BBC Philharmonic. The program features overture to Haydn’s “Philemon und Baucis,” Aziza Sadikova’s “Marionettes” (world premiere, BBC commission), Britten’s “Nocturne,” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 in D minor. Omer Meir Wellber will conduct.

Performance date: September 2, 2020

Singer Laura Marling will perform songs from her latest album.

Performance date: September 6, 2020

Soprano Natalya Romaniw will perform with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The program includes Bohuslav Martinů’s “Jazz Suite,” Adams’ “Chamber Symphony,” Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” The evening will also feature the world premiere of the new work by Gavin Higgins, commissioned by the BBC. Ryan Bancroft will conduct.

Performance date: September 8, 2020

The closing night of the BBC Proms live line-up will star soprano Golda Schultz. The program will include works from Mozart, Richard Strauss, Tarrodi, Sondheim, Sibelius, Williams, Wood, Elgar, Rodgers, and Parry. Dalia Stasevska will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Performance date: September 12, 2020

The remainder of the schedule will feature works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Elgar, Rossini, Mascagni, Saint-Saëns, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Mozart, among others. All concerts will be broadcast live via the Royal Albert Hall website and on BBC Radio 3.