Christian Gerhaher, Christine Goerke & Susan Graham Highlight Lincoln Center Great Performers 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Lincoln Center Great Performers Has Announced its 2019-20 Season, which will include several vocal performances.

Kicking off the Art of the Song series, baritone Christian Gerhaher, the “foremost lieder singer of our time,” is set to perform with pianist Gerold Huber at Alice Tully Hall. The program of this all-Mahler recital includes “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen,” songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn,” and “Kindertotenlieder.”

Performance Date: October 29, 2019

The Sixteen choir and Britten Sinfonia, led under the baton of Harry Christophers, will be performing MacMillan’s “Stabat Mater” at Alice Tully Hall. A pre-concert discussion with Andrew Shenton will be held at the Opera Learning Center, Samuel B. & David Rose Building.

Performance Date: Nov. 7, 2019

Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Act II of Wagner’s opera “Tristan und Isolde” at David Geffen Hall. Featured vocally are Christine Goerke as Isolde, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, Stephen Gould as Tristan, Günther Groissböck as King Marke, and Neal Cooper as Melot. A pre-concert lecture by Cori Ellison will be held in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Performance Date: November 17, 2019

The second performance in the Art of the Song series features Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in an evening of Shakespeare-inspired songs. Included in the program are Chausson’s “Chanson perpétuelle,” Stravinsky’s “Three Songs from William Shakespeare,” Ravel’s “Madagascar Songs,” Strauss’ “Three Ophelia Songs,” Brahms’ “Ophelia Songs,” Janáček’s “Nursery Rhymes,” and Dvořák’s (arr. Duncan Ward) “Gypsy Songs.”

Performance Date: Nov. 26, 2019

The third performance in the Art of the Song series features acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Malcolm Martineau at Alice Tully Hall. She will perform Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” and Jake Heggie’s “Iconic Legacies: First Ladies at the Smithsonian.”

Performance Date: Feb. 4, 2020

The final installment of the Art of the Song series is an all-Beethoven recital by baritone Matthias Goerne, accompanied by pianist Jan Lisiecki, at Alice Tully Hall. The program includes Beethoven’s “An die ferne Geliebte,” “Six Songs, Op. 48,” “Resignation,” “An die Hoffnung, Op. 32,” “Lied aus der Ferne,” “Maigesang,” “Der Liebende,” “An die Hoffnung, Op. 94,” “Adelaide,” “Wonne der Wehmut,” “Das Liedchen von der Ruhe,” and “An die Geliebte.”

Performance Date: April 28, 2020

Simon Rattle will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra concert performance of Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at David Geffen Hall. Hungarian bass-baritone Gábor Bretz will sing the role of Bluebeard, alongside Israeli mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham as Judith. A pre-concert lecture by Klara Moricz will take place in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Performance Date: May 3, 2020