Audra McDonald, Benjamin Appl, Nuria Rial Headline Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar
(Credit: Lars Borges)

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2020-21 season. Here is a look at the vocal highlights of the season.

The first major vocal highlight of the season will be Audra McDonald performing music from “Porgy and Bess,” “Carousel,” and other notable Broadway tuned alongside conductor Andy Einhorn.

Performance Date: Oct. 20, 2020 

Soprano  Nuria Rial will take on traditional Gondolier Songs. Conductor Avi Avital will lead a performance of “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi and play the mandolin in the concert.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22-25, 2020

Thomas Dausgaard will Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Malin Christensson, Meg Bragle, Toby Spence, and Andrew Foster-Williams as the soloists. The Seattle Symphony Chorale will also perform.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19-22, 2020

Jory Vinkour will lead performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” Soprano Sherezade Panthaki, contralto Sara Couden, tenor Steven Soph, and bass Adam Lau will be the soloists. The Seattle Symphony Chorale will also perform.

Performance Dates: Dec. 18-20, 2020

Joseph Crnko will lead the Northwest Boychoir, Vocalpoint! Seattle, and the Northwest Sinfonia in performances of numerous holiday carols.

Performance Date: Dec. 22, 2020

Laura Strickling, Mary Phillips, Nicholas Phan, and Hadleigh Adams will be the soloists in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Lee Mills will the conduct the showcase, which will also feature music of L. Boulanger and Barber.

Performance Dates: Dec. 30, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

Opera lovers will get a chance to hear selections from Wagner’s “Ring” in a performance also showcase Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig, and Zhou Long’s “Three Continents” Cello Concerto. Rouse’s “Rapture” rounds out the program with Jan Vogler as the soloist.

Performance Dates: March 18-20, 2021

Matthew Halls will team up with Benjamin Appl and the Seattle Symphony Chorale for Bach “Cantatas.”

Performance Dates: May 14-15, 2021

The season ends with Tan Dun’s “Buddha Passion,” which will feature Sen Guo, Huiling Zhu, Yunpeng Wang, Tan Weiwei, Batubagen, and Chen Yining as the soloist. Thomas Dausgaard conducts.

Performance Dates: June 24-26, 2021