Iestyn Davies, Jamie Barton, Susan Graham & Sir Bryn Terfel Highlight Wigmore Hall’s 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Wigmore Hall has announced its 2019-20 season!

In addition to a variety of instrumental performances, centered around the works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Britten this year, the venue is set to feature a number of renowned vocalists in song recitals, among other events, throughout the season.

The season kicks off with the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition 2019, Sept. 7 – 11, 2019.

The autumn lineup begins with the Britten Gala on Sept. 13, 2019, featuring soprano Louise Alder, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor Allan Clayton, and baritone Christopher Maltman. On the 16th, countertenor Iestyn Davies will perform at his 40th Birthday Concert, while on the 20th Mark Padmore will begin the Schubert Song Cycles series. Soprano Carolyn Sampson will perform on the 24th, and the 25th will feature the French Song Exchange Showcase and Rebecca Clark Concert. Roberta Mameli, Sonia Prina, and Luigi De Donato will sing on the 26th, and Sasha Cooke will perform as part of the Schumann Song Series on the 27th. Tenor Ian Bostridge will perform on the 30th.

October will start off with the Independent Opera Scholar’s Recital 2019 on the 3rd, followed by performances from Christian Gerhaher on the 4th, Christiane Karg on the 5th, Elizabeth Watts on the 7th, and Soraya Mafi on the 13th. Catriona Morison will continue the Schumann Song Series on the 23rd, soprano Kristine Opolais will sing on the 27th, and Christoph Pregardien will perform on the 30th.

Mezzo-soprano Anne Stephany will sing Nov. 1st, and baritone Roderick Williams will sing on the 6th. The Samling Showcase 2019 will take place on Nov. 8. Tenors Alessandro Fisher and Robin Tritschler will perform on the 10th and 14th. On the 23rd Wigmore Hall will host the Wagner Society Singing Competition. Andre Schuen will perform on the 23rd, and Brenda Rae on the 24. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will round out the month’s recitals on the 30th.

The Britten series will kick off December recitals, featuring Sophie Bevan and Allan Clayton on the 4th. Baritone Thomas Hampson will sing on the 5th. On the 8th, Susan Bickley and Nicky Spence will perform at the Jonathan Dove Birthday Concert, and Thomas Oliemans will continue the Schumann Song Series. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote will sing on the 12th, and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński will sing on the 14th. The 21st will showcase the Graham Johnson Songmakers’ Almanac, which will also take place on Jan. 22, 2020. Claron McFadden will perform on Dec. 21, followed by Tara Erraught on the 29th.

Sir Simon Keenlyside will bring in the New Year as the next performer in the Schumann Song Series on Jan. 2, 2020. Allan Clayton will return to the stage on the 4th to continue the Britten Series. Julien Van Mellaerts, Marianne Crebassa, Christian Gerhaher, and Philippe Jaroussky will perform on the 5th, 8th, 15th, and 16th, respectively, with Gerhaher returning once more on the 17th. On Jan. 24, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform with pianist Malcolm Martineau. The 26th will feature the Royal Academy of Music Song Cycle. Christiane Karg will return to the stage on the 29th, and Mauro Peter will sing on the 31st.

February will see Elsa Dresig, Max Raabe, and soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci perform on the 2nd, 5th, and 18th, respectively.

March will feature Anna Huntly on the 1st, Nelly Miricioiu on the 6th, Stephane Degout on the 8th, Dame Sarah Connolly on the 19th, and Johannes Kammler on the 29th. The Iestyn Davies Residency will take place on Mar. 22.

Countertenor Tim Mead will start off the month of April at Wigmore Hall, singing on the 4th, and will be followed by performers Kitty Whately on the 5th, Gerald Finley on the 7th, Kathryn Rudge on the 26th, and countertenor Franco Fagioli on the 28th. Mark Padmore will continue the Schubert Song Cycle on the 16th, and Clayton will return for the Britten Series on the 22nd. Sir Bryn Terfel will round out the month will a recital accompanied by Natalia Katyukova on Apr. 30.

May will feature Ronan Collett and Milan Siljanov on the 3rd, and Matthias Goerne on the 10th. The Graham Johnson Songmakers’ Almanac will continue on the 7th, along with the Britten Series on the 21st, which will feature Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, and James Newby.

The Iestyn Davies Residency will again take place on June 13, 2020. Cyrille Dubois and Roderick Williams will perform recitals on the 14th and 29th.

July will see the final performance of the Schubert Song Cycles series, featuring Mark Padmore, on the 7th. Christiane Karg will return to the stage on the 10th, and tenor Ilker Arcayurek will perform on the 15th. Oxford Lieder at Wigmore Hall: Mahler Day will take place on July 8, and will feature vocalists Anna Stephany and Stephan Loges. Soprano Ailish Tynan’s performance on the 20th will complete the vocal performances of the 2019-20 season at Wigmore Hall.