Elīna Garanča, Ekaterina Semenchuk & Olga Peretyatko Highlight Berlin Philharmonic’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
Credit: Alexey Kostromin/Dario Acosta/Paul Schirnhofer-DG

The Berlin Philharmonic has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of tours, vocal performances and world famous stars. For the purposes of this article we will only concentrate on vocal performances.

The season opens with Musikfest, which was announced previously. Click here for more details.


Daniel Harding conducts countertenor Andrew Watts in music by Olga Neuwirth and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Performance Dates: Sept. 12 & 13, 2020

Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud sings a recital with music by Debussy, Poulenc, Fauré, and Ravel.

Performance Date: Sept 30, 2020

Mozart’s “Zaide” will be presented with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker with conductor Oksana Lyniv.

Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2020

Elīna Garanča and Malcolm Martineau perform a recital with music by R. Strauss and Rachmaninov as well as Spanish Songs und Zarzuelas.

Performance Date: Nov. 10, 2020


Kirill Petrenko and Nina Stemme perform at Carnegie Hall in a program of music by Wagner and R. Strauss.

Performance Date: Nov. 18, 2020


Kirill Petrenko conducts Rachmanioff’s “Francesca da Rimini” with Kristina Mkhitaryan, Dmytro Popov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev, and Dmitry Golovnin. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14-16, 2021


The Jupiter-Ensemble joins lutenist Thomas Dunford and mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre for “Italian and French Baroque Arias.”

Performance Date: Feb. 6, 2021

Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna perform with Nadine Koutcher in “The Sound of Light.”

Performance Date: Feb. 6, 2021

Concerto Melante and Raimar Orlovsky perform alongside soprano Magdalena Harer in cantatas by Buxtehude, Scarlatti, Bruhns, and Handel as well as Sonatas by Becker, Rosenmüller and Corelli.

Performance Date: Feb. 7, 2021

Nuria Rial, la Accademia del Piacere, and Fahmi Alqhai present “Muera Cupido – Die, Cupido!, Theatre Music in Spain around 1700” with works by Guerau, Durón, Bononcini, Nebra and Alqhai.

Performance Date: Feb. 7, 2021




Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” with soloists Michael Spyres, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Shenyang, Andrea Mastroni, Krystian Adam, and Derek Welton. The concert also includes Weill’s Symphony No. 1 “Berliner Sinfonie.

Performance Date: Feb. 11-13, 2021

Jakub Józef Orliński and Il pomo d’oro present “Facce d’Amore” featuring music by Cavalli, Boretti, Bononcini, Handel, Orlandini, Predieri, Matteis and Conti.

Performance Date: March 8, 2021

In March and the beginning of April, the Berlin Philharmonic will be at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Here is a link to that season. 

Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa” gets a concert performance starring Vladislav Sulimsky in the title role, Olga Peretyatko, Dmitry Ulyanov, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Dmytro Popov, Vasily Gorshkov, and Dimitry Ivashchenko. Kirill Petrenko conducts.

Performance Dates: April 8 & 11, 2021

La Voce Strumentale, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Julia Lezhneva, and Luca Pianca perform Telemann, Porpora, Graun, Vivaldi, and Hasse.

Performance Date: April 12, 2021

Kirill Petrenko conducts Rosa Feola, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Mauro Peter, and Krešimir Stražanac a program of Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Performance Date: April 29, 2021

Susanna Mälkki conducts Ildikó Komlósi and Johannes Martin Kränzle in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Caste.” The concert also includes the German premiere of Saariaho’s Vista.

Performance Dates: May 20-22, 2021

Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius” will be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and stars Dame Sarah Connolly, Allan Clayton, and Roderick Williams.

Performance Dates: May 27-29, 2021

Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Philippe Jaroussky join forces for a program of Vivaldi, Rossini, Telemann, Haydn, and Mozart.

Performance Dates: June 17-19, 2021