Bryn Terfel, Jamie Barton & Edward Gardner Lead London Philharmonic’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The London Philharmonic has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of important soloists around the world. For this article we will highlight the vocal performances.

The season opens with a program entitled Fantastic Symphony with Edward Gardner leading a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Lutosławski, and Berlioz. Gerald Finley will be the featured soloist.

Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2020

Edward Gardner will conduct a program entitled “Infinity and beyond” featuring the music of R. Strauss, Mendelssohn, and John Adams. The London Philharmonic Choir join the orchestra as soloists.

Performance Date: Sept. 26, 2020

As part of the 2020 Visions cycle Mark Padmore solos in the program entitled 2014: A Padmore Cycle featuring the music of Schubert, Thomas Larcher, and Nielsen. Thierry Fischer conducts the program.

Performance Date: Oct. 21, 2020

Sophie Bevan, Jade Moffat, Toby Spence, and Bryn Terfel perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Daniele Rustioni conducting. The program will also include Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with solo pianist Nicolas Namoradze.

Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2020

Continuing the 2020 Visions cycle Michael Weinius will perform in the program entitled 2016: Song of the night with music by Prokofiev, Schubert, Magnus Lindberg, and Szymanowski. Thomas Søndergård conducts.

Performance Date: Nov. 25, 2020

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the 2020 Visions cycle program 2018: Jurowski conducts Enescu featuring music by J S Bach Elena Kats-Chernin, and Enescu. Pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Trinity Boys Choir join the evening as soloists.

Performance Date: Dec. 2, 2020

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the 2020 Visions cycle program entitled 2019: All the world’s a stage featuring soloists Pieter Schoeman, Juliette Bausor, Catherine Edwards, James Crabb, Angharad Lyddon, Sam Furness, and David Soar. The program is set to include music by J S Bach, Brett Dean, and Stravinsky.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2020

Concluding the 2020 Visions cycle James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio gets its world premiere with Vladimir Jurowski conducting soloists Mary Bevan and Christopher Maltman.

Performance Date: Dec. 12, 2020

Wagner’s The Ring Cycle is presented in two complete cycle to begin the year. Vladimir Jurowski conducts both cycles that star Robert Hayward, Derek Welton, Kai Rüütel, Iwona Sobotka, Andrii Goniukov, Andrew Harris, Christian Elsner, Allan Clayton, Boris Pinkhasovich, Adrian Thompson, Burkhard Fritz, Ruxandra Donose, Brindley Sherratt, Svetlana Sozdateleva, Matthew Rose, Kai Rüütel, Torsten Kerl, James Rutherford, Elena Pankratova, Alina Adamski, Lise Lindstrom, Brindley Sherratt, Stephen Gadd, and Anna Samuil.

Cycle One: Jan. 25-31, 2021

Cycle Two: Feb. 5-10, 2021

The program “Love, hate and undiscovered worlds” is to be conducted by Edward Gardner with music by Eric Tanguy, Brett Dean, and Sofia Gubaidulina. Soloists will include cellist Alban Gerhardt, soprano Giselle Allen, tenor Robert Murray, baritone Leigh Melrose, and bass Joshua Bloom bass. 

Performance Dates: Feb. 21, 2021

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 is set to be conducted by Klaus Mäkelä with Camilla Tilling and Jamie Barton as the soloists.

Performance Dates: March 13, 2021

Miah Persson performs R. Strauss’ Four Last Songs with conductor Vladimir Jurowski a program that also includes music by Rachmaninoff.

Performance Dates: April 24, 2021