Cecilia Bartoli, Christiane Karg & Philippe Jaroussky Headline Philharmonie Luxembourg’s 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Philharmonie Luxembourg has announced its 15th anniversary season. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on vocal performances.

The 2019-20 season will kick off with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Soprano Rebecca Nelsen will be featured vocally. The program will include Berg’s “Lulu” Suite and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2019

William Christie will lead the Les Arts Florissants Orchestre et Chœur in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring sopranos Emmanuelle de Negri and Katherine Watson, countertenor Tim Mead, tenor James Way, and bass Padraic Rowan.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2019

Soprano Patricia Petibon will appear in recital with pianist Susan Manoff. The program will include works by Bacri, Collet, de Falla, Fauré, Granados, and Turina.

Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2019

A moderated concert, “Les voyages de Mozart” will explore Mozart’s travels. The orchestra will be led by Marie Jacquot, and featured artists will include tenor/narrator Rolando Villazón, soprano Regula Mühlemann, and pianist Maximilian Kromer.

Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2019

Dmitry Liss will lead the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring soprano Elena Karpesh, tenor Egor Semenkov, baritone Yuri Laptev, pianist Nikolaï Lugansky, and the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir. The program will include Rachmaninov’s “Isle of the Dead.”

Performance Date: Nov. 11, 2019

Le Concert d’Astrée Orchestre et Chœur, led by Emmanuelle Haïm, will perform Rameau’s “In convertendo Dominus,” Mondonville’s “In exitu Israël,” and Campra’s “Messe de Requiem.”

Performance Date: Nov. 19, 2019

Thomas Hengelbrock will lead the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and Ensemble. The program will include works by Tchaikovsky, Tchesnokov, Glazunov, Cui, and Saint-Saëns.

Performance Date: Dec. 4, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli will be joined by Les Musiciens du Prince Capuano, led by Gianluca Capuano, for an evening of 18th century opera arias.

Performance Date: Dec. 8, 2019

Gustavo Gimeno will lead a performance of F. Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 D 759 and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Soprano Maria Agresta, mezzo-soprano Daniella Barcellona, tenor René Barbera, and bass Vitalij Kowaljow will be featured along with the Wiener Singverein.

Performance Date: Dec. 12, 2019

Pierre Cao will conduct “Chrëschtconcert,” a holiday concert featuring Handel’s “Dixit Dominus.” The Luxembourg Philharmonie will be joined by the Pueri Cantores du Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Performance Date: Dec. 21, 2019

Richard Egarr will lead the orchestra during “Neijoersconcert,” featuring soprano Louise Alder. The program will include Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate KV 165, Rossini’s “Semiramide” Overture,  excerpts of Franz Lehár’s “Der Graf von Luxembourg,” as well as works by Johann and Josef Strauss.

Performance Date: Jan. 8, 2020

Bass-baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer will appear with pianist Jean-François Zygel, mandolinist Julien Martineau, and select musicians of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra during the program “Mon Beethoven à moi.”

Performance Date: Jan. 12, 2020

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky will perform Lieder by Schubert. He will be accompanied by pianist Jérôme Ducros.

Performance Date: Jan. 20, 2020

Soprano Iwona Sobotka will be featured during a concert led by Marek Janowski, the program will include Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and R. Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” and “Symphonia Domestica.”

Performance Date: Feb. 7, 2020

The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Sir Simon Rattle, will be joined by soprano Elsa Dreisig, tenor Pavol Breslik, bass David Soar, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, and the London Symphony Chorus for a performance of Berg’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s oratorio “Christus am Ölberge.”

Performance Date: Feb. 23, 2020

Baritone Matthias Goerne will perform with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, led by Daniel Harding. The program will include Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge,” Lieder by Schubert, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 KV 504 “Prague.”

Performance Date: Mar. 3, 2020

Alto Gerhild Romberger will be featured along with the Wiener Singverein and Pueri Cantores du Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg during a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, led by Gustavo Gimeno.

Performance Date: Mar. 27, 2020

Philippe Herreweghe will lead a performance of J. S. Bach’s Matthäuspassion BWV 244. Sopranos Dorothee Mields and Grace Davidson, altos Alex Potter and William Shelton, tenors Sebastian Kohlhepp and Hugo Hymas, baritone Florian Boesch, and basses Peter Kooij and Tobias Berndt will be featured vocally along with the Collegium Vocale Gent.

Performance Date: Mar. 28, 2020

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 9. Featured vocalists will include soprano Christiane Karg, mezzo-soprano Okka von der Damerau, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, and baritone Florian Boesch. They will be joined by Chœur Accentus.

Performance Date: Apr. 18, 2020

A concert performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” will feature soprano Christiane Libor as Leonore. She will be joined by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orfeó Català, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana. Gustavo Dudamel will lead the orchestra, and Simon Halsey will direct the chorus.

Performance Date: Apr. 24, 2020

Soprano Anna Prohaska, accompanied by pianist Julius Drake, will perform works by Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Crumb, Daniel-Lesur, Debussy, Eisler, Fauré, Ives, Mahler, Messiaen, Pfitzner, Purcell, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Reimann, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky, Wagner, Wolf.

Performance Date: Apr. 27, 2020

Jaap van Zweden will lead the New York Philharmonic in a concert featuring baritone Roderick Williams. The program will include Wagenaar’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” Overture, Op. 23, and Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” and Symphony No. 1 “Titan.”

Performance Date: May 6, 2020

Kirill Petrenko will lead the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Mahler’s “Rückert-Lieder” and Symphony No. 4, featuring soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman.

Performance Date: May 15, 2020

Daniel Harding will conduct the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Featured vocalists will include sopranos Sarah Wegener, Susanne Bernhard, and Hanna Husáhr, mezzo-sopranos Stefanie Irányi and Claudia Huckle, baritone Adrian Eröd, and bass-baritone Shenyang.

Performance Date: May 24, 2020

The moderated concert “Mozart et les femmes” will explore female figures in the life and work of Mozart. Kristiina Poska will lead the orchestra, and featured artists will include tenor/narrator Rolando Villazón, soprano Regula Mühlemann, and pianist Marie-Sophie Hauzel.

Performance Date: Jun. 10, 2020