Andris Nelsons, Kristine Opolais & Ildar Abdrazakov Lead Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Tatyana Vlasova)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra announce its 2020-21 season noting that anything can change due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As always we highlight the vocal performances in this season announcement.

The Beethoven Cycle concludes with Andris Nelsons leading the composer’s Ninth Symphony with soloists Amanda Majeski, Tamara Mumford, Pavel Černoch, Kwangchul Youn, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The program also includes
Symphony No. 8.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-3, 2020

Andris Nelsons conducts Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry in Kevin Puts’ ” The Brightness of Light, for soprano, baritone, and orchestra.” The program will also include trumpet player Thomas Rolfs and video artist Wendall Harrington in Strauss’ Love Scene from Feuersnot and Glanert’s  Concerto for Trumpet.

Performance Dates: Oct. 8-10, 2020

Andris Nelsons conducts Ildar Abdrazakov and the Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and New England Conservatory Chorus in Gubaidulina’s Prologue, for orchestra and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar.

Performance Dates: Oct. 15-20, 2020

Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Iwona Sobotka in Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The program also includes the Lorelei Ensemble in Wolfe’s “Her Story,” for vocal ensemble and orchestra.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-7, 2020

Alan Gilbert conducts Garrick Ohlsson, Liv Redpath, and John Brancy in a program of works by Beethoven, Bartok, and Nielsen.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19-21, 2020

Andris Nelsons conducts Daniil Trifonov and the Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Nabors’ Pulse, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Holst’s The Planets.

Performance Dates: Jan. 7-12, 2021

Gil Shaham and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus perform in a concert with works by Haydn, Part, Mozart, and Shostakovich. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 21-23, 2021

Lise Davidsen sings the Four Last Songs in an all Strauss’ program that also includes the composer’s Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, and Symphonic Fantasy from “Die Frau ohne Schatten.” Andris Nelsons conducts.

Performance Dates: March 18-23, 2021

Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich star in concert performances of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.” Andris Nelsons conducts the opera which also stars Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladimir Vaneyev, Miranda Keys, Michelle Trainor, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Matthew DiBattista, Charles Blandy, Neil Ferreira, Yeghishe Manucharyan, Andrey Popov, David Kravitz, Dmytro Kalmuchyn, Joo Won Kang, Sir Willard White, Patrick Guetti, Goran Juric, Anatoli Sivko, and Sava Vemic.

Performance Dates: April 6-10, 2021

Andris Nelsons conducts Yefim Bronfman and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Stravinsky, Liadov, and Scriabin.

Performance Dates: April 29-May 1, 2021

Chamber Concerts 

Alessio Bax, Sophia Burgos, and John Brancy sing a program of music by Bartok, Gandolfi, and Dvorak.

Performance Date: Feb. 21, 2021