Diana Damrau, Renée Fleming & Nina Stemme Headline Musikverein Wien’s 2019-20 SeasonBy Nicole Kuchta
Musikverein Wien has announced its 2019-20 season. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on vocal performances.
Martin Haselböck will lead the Orchester Wiener Akademie in a performance of various works by Franz Schubert as well as Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor. Baritone Thomas Hampson will be featured.
Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2019
Bass Günther Groissböck and the Philharmonia Schrammeln will perform during “Es ist einmal im Leben so” (“It’s Like That Once in a Lifetime”). Program details TBA.
Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2019
Katharina Strasser will perform with pianist Bela Koreny during “Alltag mit Mann, Kindern und Menschen” (“Everyday Life With Man, Children and People”). The program will feature texts by Christine Nöstlinger and songs by Georg Danzer, Ludwig Hirsch, and Marianne Mendt.
Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2019
Philippe Jordan will lead the Wiener Symphoniker, which will be joined by sopranos Regula Muhlmann and Robin Johannsen, alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl, tenor Werner Güra, bass Michael Full, and the Wiener Singverein. The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,” and Magnificat; Arvo Pärt’s Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen; and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor.
Performance Dates: Oct. 16 & 17, 2019
Soprano Megan Kahts will be featured during a celebration of Joseph Mayseder’s 230 birthday. The program will include various works by Mayseder.
Performance Date: Oct. 17, 2019
Ruben Dubrovsky will lead the Bach Consort Wien during the event “20 Years Bach Consort Gala & Friends,” featuring soprano Sophie Karthauser, mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, and bass-baritone Florian Boesch. Program details TBA.
Performance Date: Oct. 20, 2020
Soprano Diana Damrau will perform, accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano. The program will include Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, along with select pieces by Alban Berg, Georges Bizet, Gioacchino Rossini, and Richard Wagner.
Performance Date: Oct. 23, 2019
Nina Stemme will be featured alongside the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, under the baton of Philippe Jordan. The program is set to include Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod to “Tristan and Isolde,” and Wesendonck Lieder, along with selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet.”
Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2019
Tenor Michael Laurenz, accompanied by pianist Rita Kaufmann, will perform Mahler’s Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn,” Gottfried von Einem’s Eight Hafis-Lieder, and select songs from Hanns Eisler’s the “Hollywooder Liederbuch.”
Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2019
Manfred Honeck will conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, featuring soprano Julia Kleiter, alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl, tenor Werner Güra, bass Florian Boesch, and the Wiener Singverein.
Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2019
Stefan Gottfried will lead the Concentus Musicus Wien, who will be joined by the Arnold Schoenberg Chor, soprano Marlis Petersen, alto Elisabeth Kulman, tenor Werner Güra, and bass Florian Boesch. They will perform Haydn’s Symphony in C Major and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.
Performance Date: Nov. 10, 2019
Soprano Anke Vondung will perform with the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien. The program will include Franz Schubert’s Five Minuets and Six Trios, Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Ottorino Respighi’s “Il Tramonto” poemetto lirico and Richard Strauss / Roland Freisitzer’s Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier.”
Performance Date: Nov 18, 2020
Ulla Pilz will be joined by pianist Volker Nemmer for “Versuch über die Sehnsucht” to perform songs by Schubert, Eisler, Hollaender and Pink Floyd on the subject of yearning.
Performance Date: Nov. 19, 2019
Baritone Robert Holl will perform with pianist Kirill Gerstein. The program will include Tchaikovsky’s “I have never spoken to her,” Op. 25/5 and “In the midst of the ball,” Op. 38/3; Modest Mussorgsky’s “The leaves rustled wistfully,” Epitaph, and Without Sun song cycle; Alexander Borodin’s “To the distant homelands;” and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Suite of Poems by Michelangelo Buonarotti, Op. 145.
Performance Date: Nov. 20, 2019
Soprano Chen Reiss, alto Carlos Mena, tenor Daniel Johannsen, and bass Florian Boesch will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Cantatas I-III, VI) with the Chorus Sine Nomine and Orchester Wiener Akademie, led by Martin Haselböck.
Performance Date: Dec. 4, 2019
Baritone Gerhard Ernst and the Philharmonia Schrammeln will perform during “I bin a echtes Weanerkind (“I Am A True Weanerkind”).” Program details TBA.
Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2019
Mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova will perform with pianist Stephen Hopkins. The program will include select pieces by Henry Purcell, Samuel Barber, Roger Quilter, Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc, Reynaldo Hahn, Francis Poulenc, Carlos Guastavino, Fernando J. Obradors, Manuel de Falla, Gustav Mahler, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mikhail Glinka, Gaetano Donizetti, Francesco Paolo Tosti, and Gioacchino Rossini.
Performance Date: Dec. 9, 2019
Tenor Werner Güra, accompanied by pianist Christoph Berner, will perform several pieces by Franz Schubert.
Performance Date: Dec. 13, 2019
Tenor Piotr Beczala will be joined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Wiener Singverein, and the Wiener Philharmoniker, led by Mariss Jansons. The program is set to include music by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Bach.
Performance Date: Jan. 5, 2020
Riccardo Muti will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, featuring soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, tenor Francesco Meli, bass Riccardo Zanellato, and the Wiener Singverein.
Performance Date: Jan. 14, 2020
Soprano Andreea Cojoc, mezzo-soprano Miriam Albano, countertenor Friedolin Obersteiner, and baritone Wolfgang Resch will perform with pianists Dušan Sretović and Mauro Zappalà during “Orient und Okzident – Lieder nach Gedichten von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe” (“Orient and Occident – Songs from Poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe”). The program will include songs by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Schubert, and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
Performance Date: Jan. 15, 2020
Soprano Julia Lezhneva will be featured with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, led by Andrea Marcon. The program will include works by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, and Carl Heinrich Graun.
Performance Date: Feb. 12, 2020
Soprano Patricia Petibon, accompanied by pianist Susan Manoff, will perform various pieces by Samuel Barber, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc, and Enrique Granados.
Performance Date: Feb. 13, 2020
Bass Peter Kellner will perform with pianist Pedro Costa. The program will include Antonín Dvořák’s Biblical Songs, Robert Schumann’s Song Cycle, and select pieces by Tchaikovsky.
Performance Date: Feb. 21, 2020
Marin Alsop will conduct the ORF RSO Wien in a performance featuring soprano Juliane Banse. The program will include Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 1, along with Hans Werner Henze’s Night Pieces and Arias from Poems by Ingeborg Bachmann.
Performance Date: Feb. 23, 2020
Soprano Linda Watson will perform alongside saxophonist Sabine Zwick and the Ensemble Kontrapunkte, led by Peter Keuschnig. The program will include Thomas Pernes’ “Helios,” Richard Wagner / Alexander Wagendristel’s Wesendonck Lieder, Maurice Ravel / Roland Freisitzer’s “Rhapsody Espagnole,” and Darius Milhaud’s “Scaramouche.”
Performance Date: Mar. 2, 2020
Countertenor David Hansen, sopranos Emoke Barath and Cornelia Horak, tenor Michael Schade, and bass Andre Schuen will be joined by the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and Concentus Musicus Wien, led by Stefan Gottfried, for a performance of Handel’s three-act oratorio “Solomon.”
Performance Date: Mar. 7, 2020
Soprano Sarah Marie Kramer will be featured in “Schicksal? Entscheidung! Antike Heldinnen – Zeitlose Stimmen” (“Destiny? Decision! Ancient Heroines – Timeless Voices”) alongside Caroline Peters, among others. The program will include music by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as the result of the internal composition competition at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (mdw) 2019: “Scena di Medea.”
Performance Date: Mar. 10, 2020
Soprano Renee Fleming will perform select songs by Henri Duparc and Franz Liszt, with accompaniment by pianist Jewgenij Kissin.
Performance Date: Mar. 12, 2020
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla will lead the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem. Soprano Camilla Tilling and baritone Florian Boesch will be featured along with the Wiener Singverein.
Performance Date: Mar. 15, 2020
Soprano Romana Amerling and alto Nina Tarantek will perform with the Wiener Virtuosen. The program will include Giacomo Puccini’s Crisantemi, Giuseppe Verdi’s String Quartet, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
Performance Date: Mar. 27, 2020
Soprano Theodora Raftis, mezzo-soprano Patricia Nolz, tenor Johannes Bamberger, bass-baritone Stefan Hadžić, and pianists Andra Linsbauer and Marialena Fernandes will present “From Beethoven to Bernstein,” featuring selected works by Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, William Bolcom, Aaron Copeland, and Leonard Bernstein.
Performance Date: Mar. 31, 2019
Tenor Mark Padmore will perform with pianist Till Fellner. The program will include several pieces by Franz Schubert as well as Robert Schumann’s Twelve Songs from Poems by Justinus Kerner.
Performance Date: Apr. 2, 2020
Baritone Samuel Hasselhorn, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, will perform Franz Schubert’s Winterreise.
Performance Date: Apr. 3, 2020
Bertrand de Billy will lead the Wiener Symphoniker, which will be joined by soprano Maria Bengtsson, alto Claudia Mahnka, tenors Maximilian Schmitt and Werner Güra, bass Kwangchul Youn, and the Wiener Singverein. The program will include Gabriel Fauré’s “Pelléas and Mélisande” Suite for Orchestra, Madrigal, and Cantique de Jean Racine, along with Franz Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major.
Performance Dates: Apr. 22 & 23, 2020
Sir John Elliot Gardner will conduct the English Baroque Soloists. Vocal soloists will include sopranos Anna Dennis, Julia Doyle, Silvia Frigato, and Francesca Boncompagni; alto Francesca Biliotti; countertenor Michal Czerniawski; tenors Krystian Adam and Peter Davoren; baritone John Taylor Ward; and bass Gianluca Buratto. They will be joined by the Monteverdi Choir in a program with music by Monteverdi.
Performance Date: Apr. 24, 2020
Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli will perform select Baroque arias with Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco, led by Gianluca Capuano.
Performance Dates: Apr. 27, 2020
Mezzo-soprano Okka von der Damerau will perform Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder Symphony No. 5 with the Wiener Philharmoniker, led by Daniel Barenboim.
Performance Date: May 9, 2020
Kirill Petrenko will conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Symphony No. 4 in G Major. Featured vocalists will include soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman.
Performance Date: May 9, 2020
Baritone Florian Boesch, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, will perform Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” and select songs by Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss.
Performance Date: May 13, 2020
Tenor Ian Bostridge will be featured along with hornist Felix Dervaux and Platform K + K Vienna for an evening of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Trio for Violin, Viola and Violincello, Erkki-Sven Tuur’s Conversio, Florian Willeitner’s Piano Quartet, and Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Performance Date: May 15, 2020
Myung-Whun Chung will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, featuring contralto Gerhild Romberger, members of the Wiener Singverein, and the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys’ Choir).
Performance Date: May 18, 2020
Contralto Gerhild Romberger and members of the Wiener Singverein will be featured alongside the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, led by Myung-Whun Chung, in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.
Performance Date: May 19, 2020
Baritone Adrian Eröd will perform with the Artis-Quartet. The program will include music by Mozart, Iván Eröd, and Alexander Zemlinsky.
Performance Date: May 20, 2020
Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner and alto Elisabeth Kulman will be featured alongside the Wiener Singverein and Wiener Symphoniker, led by Philippe Jordan, in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection.”
Performance Dates: May 24 & 25, 2020
Soprano Romana Amerling, tenor Max Prodinger, and vocalists Marie Spaemann and Bryan Benner will be featured during “Christoph Zimper – The Millenials Mass.” The program will include works by Zimper, including “The Millenials Mass.”
Performance Date: May 26, 2020
Andris Nelsons will conduct the Wiener Philharmoniker in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. Featured vocalists will include soprano Lucy Crowe, alto Gerhild Romberger, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, and bass Günther Groissböck. They will be joined by the Wiener Singverein.
Performance Dates: Jun. 6-7, 2020
Philippe Jordan will conduct the Wiener Symphoniker in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major. Featured vocalists will include sopranos Camilla Nylund, Irene Theorin, and Martina Jankova; altos Sarah Connolly and Michaela Schuster; tenor Burkhard Fritz; baritone Iain Paterson; and bass John Relyea. They will be joined by the Wiener Singverein, Wiener Singakademie, and Wiener Sängerknaben.
Performance Dates: Jun. 12 & 13, 2020
Wolfgang Katschner will lead the Lautten Compagney Berlin, joined by soprano Dorothee Mields, in a performance of works by Samuel Pepys, Tommaso Giordani, Henry Purcell, John Eccles, Daniel Purcell, Henry Carey, John Blow, William Hayes, John Weldom, Gottfried Fingers, and Robert Johnson.
Performance Date: Jun. 19, 2020