Festival Musica Strasbourg Unveils 2023 Slate

By David Salazar

Festival Musica Strasbourg has unveiled its plans for its 2023 season, which kicks off this September.

Here is a rundown of the vocal performances on offer.

“Dompter les rivières” will feature such vocalists as Fayssal Benbahmed, Pauline Leurent, Maxime Pacaud, and Marie Seux in music by Eve Risser and Antoine Spindler.

Performance Date: Sept. 16, 2023

Joris Lacoste will produce Luciano Berio’s “A-Ronne” under the musical direction of Filip Rathé. Vocalists include Esther Rispens, Naomi Beeldens, Ellen Wils, Fabienne Seveillac, Andreas Halling, Eymeric Mosca, Arnout Leems, and Pascal Zurek.

Performance Date: Sept. 16 & 17, 2023

Simon Steen-Andersen directs “Don Giovanni aux Enfers” in its world premiere performances. Bassem Akiki conducts a cast starring Sandrine Buendia, Julia Deit-Ferrand, François Rougier, Christophe Gay, Damien Pass, and Geoffroy Buffière. The work includes music from such composers as Rameau, Berlioz, and Wagner, among others.

Performance Date: Sept. 16 – 21, 2023

Mathieu Romano leads the Ensemble L’Itinéraie” in “Artisans du son.” The showcase features soprano Sarah Brabo-Durand and music by Pauline Oliveros, Grégoire Lorieux, Iannis Xenakis, Michaël Levinas, Núria Giménez-Comas, Gérard Grisey, Annette Schlünz, and Iannis Xenakis.

Performance Date: Sept. 18, 2023

Ekmeles, which features soprano Charlotte Mundy, mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland, countertenor Timothy Parson, tenor Tomás Cruz, baritone (and artistic director) Jeffrey Gavett, and bass Steven Hrycelak will perform works by Hannah Kendall, George Leis, and Corie Rose Soumah in “Oration of Loss.” The ensemble will be accompanied by accordionist Ida Løvli Hidle.

Performance Date: Sept. 21, 2023

Yannick Guédon headlines Sébastien Roux’s “Les Disparitions.”

Performance Date: Sept. 23 & 24, 2023

Naomi Beeldens, Nabou Claerhout, and Anthe Huybrechts star in “Hey Meredith,” which features choreography by Inga Huld and video by Ine Van Baelen, Stijn Grupping, and Beeldens.

Performance Date: Sept. 24, 2023

The season ends with “Play Big!” which features music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Michael Wertmüller, and Simon Steen-Andersen. Titus Engle leads the Basel Sinfonietta, NDR Bigband, and Chorwerk Ruhr.

Performance Date: Oct. 1, 2023

There will also be a number of Atelier events throughout the festival spotlighting vocal music and artists.