Isabel Leonard, Gianandrea Noseda & Kate Lindsey Highlight National Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Fay Fox)

The National Symphony Orcehstra has announced its 2020-21 season. For this article, we will highlight the vocal performances.

The season opens with Gianandrea Noseda conducting Isabel Leonard in a program that includes Ravel’s Boléro, arias from “Carmen,” Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol.

Performance Dates: Sept. 26, 2020

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Benjamin Bruns, Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  and The Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Performance Dates: Oct. 8-10, 2020

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts E.-P. Salonen’s Karawane and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé with the Washington Chorus.

Performance Dates: Nov. 12-14, 2020

E.-P. Salonen’s FOG makes its world premiere conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The program will also include Berlioz’s “Les Nuits d’été,” and a staged production of Stravinsky’s “Perséphone” with Peter Sellars directing. Marianne Crebassa, Pauline Cheviller, and Paul Groves star alongside the Children’s Chorus of Washington and The Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Performance Dates: Nov. 20 & 21, 2020

Handel’s “Messiah” is set to star Liv Redpath, Kate Lindsey, John Matthew Myers, and Neal Davies. Fabio Biondi conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 17 – 20, 2020

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Lorelei Ensemble in J. Wolfe Her Story. The program also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Performance Dates: March 4-6, 2021

Dvořák’s The Noon-Day Witch, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 are set to be conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. The concert will also include soloists Andriana Chuchman, Hannah Ludwig, and David Pershall.

Performance Dates: May 20 & 22, 2021

Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” is set to star Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nmon Ford, and Alexander Vinogradov with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. The concert also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”

Performance Dates: June 3-6, 2021