Anne Schwanewilms & Christian Gerhaher Highlight Musikfest Berlin’s 2020 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Musikfest Berlin in Germany has announced its 2020 Festival. For this article we only focus the vocal highlights of the season.

Anja Petersen joins the Bamberger Symphoniker with Jakub Hrůša conducting music by Hermann and Josef Suk.

Performance Date: August 31, 2020

John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with soloists Lucy Crowe, Elisabeth DeShong, Allan Clayton, and Morris Robinson.

Performance Date: Sept. 4, 2020

Vladimir Jurowski conucts the Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Vinzenz Weissenburger Einstudierung, and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in Webern’s 5 Stücke für Orchester, Berg’s Drei Bruchstücke aus “Wozzeck” and  Schnittke’s Symphonie Nr. 5. Anne Schwanewilms joins as soloist.

Performance Date: Sept. 5, 2020

Peter Rundel Leitung conducts the Ensemble Musikfabrik in a program of music by Rebecca Saunders with soloists soprano Juliet Fraser and bass player Florentin Ginot.

Performance Date: Sept 9, 2020

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra e Coro dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma and pianist Igor Levit in a program of music by Beethoven, Busoni, and Schönberg.

Performance Date: Sept. 10, 2020

Andrew Watts performs alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Daniel Harding in a program with music by Olga Neuwirth and Mahler. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 12 & 13, 2020

Donnald Runnicles conducts Beethoven’s “Leonore” with a cast that includes Flurina Stucki, David Butt Philip, Albert Pesendorfer, Markus Brück, Philipp Jekal, Elena Tsallagova, and Ya-Chung Huang.

Performance Date: Sept. 15, 2020

Sarah Aristidou, Olivia Vermeulen, and Dominik Köninger  perform in a program of music by Cherubini, Paul, Haydn, and Rihm. Justin Doyle conducts the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Performance Date: Sept. 16, 2020

Stanley Dodds conducts Rihm’s Stabat Mater and a program of the composer’s music. Soloists include Christian Gerhaher, Tabea Zimmermann, Tamara Stefanovich, and Jörg Widmann. The Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker accompanies.

Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2020