Jamie Barton, Joyce DiDonato & Sarah Connolly Headline BBC Proms 2019

By Francisco Salazar
The BBC Proms has announced its 2019 festival featuring some of the great singers, performers and orchestras in the world. For this season announcement we will concentrate on the vocal performances.
Omer Meir Wellber leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir and BBC Philharmonic in Haydn’s “The Creation.” He is joined by soloists Sarah-Jane Brandon, Benjamin Hulett, and Christoph Pohl.
Performance Date: July 29, 2019
Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” is performed by Claudia Mahnke and Stuart Skelton, while Britten’s Piano Concerto is interpreted by Leif Ove Andsnes. Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony.
Performance Date: August 1, 2019
Pekka Kuusisto and Thomas Dausgaard join in a concert with a program of music by Sibelius. The program will showcase the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and singers Taito Hoffrén, Ilona Korhonen, Minna-Liisa Tammela, as well as Kantele Vilma Timonen and harmonium player Timo Alakotila.
Performance Date: August 3, 2019
Fatma Said, Kathryn Rudge, Sunnyboy Dladla, and David Shipley perform in Mozart’s Requiem. The program, led by Nathalie Stutzmann and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, also includes music by Wagner and Brahms.
Performance Date: August 7, 2019
Rachmaninov’s choral symphony “The Bells” is set to include soloists Natalya Romaniw and Oleg Dolgov conducted by Tadaaki Otaka and BBC NOW. The concert also includes Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and msuic by Toru Takemitsu and Huw Watkins.
Performance Date: August 8, 2019
Lise Davidsen sings Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa‐Pekka Salonen. The program also includes music by Brahms and Bruckner.
Performance Date: August 10, 2019
Joyce DiDonato and Sir Antonio Pappano join forces for Berlioz’s song-cycle “Les nuits d’été” and Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. The National Youth Orchestra of the USA joins the two superstars.
Performance Date: August 11, 2019
Semyon Bychkov traces the journey of Austro-German music with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony while soprano Christina Gansch performs Schubert’s “Einsamkeit” for soprano and orchestra.
Performance Date: August 11, 2019

Elgar’s Enigma’ Variations provide both model and inspiration for a new set of variations by 14 living composers premiered here to mark conductor Martyn Brabbins’s 60th birthday. The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and soloists Nadine Benjamin and David Ireland in music by Brahms.

Performance Date: August 13, 2019

Sir Mark Elder conducts Berlioz’s dramatic oratorio “The Childhood of Christ” with soloists Allan Clayton, Dame Sarah Connolly, Neal Davies and Roderick Williams.

Performance Date: August 14, 2019
Catriona Morison, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Elim Chan perform Elgar’s “Sea Pictures” alongside music by Mendelssohn, Errollyn Wallen and Modest Mussorgsky.
 Performance Date: August 15, 2019
Alessandro Fisher and pianist Stephen Hough join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Ádám Fischer for music by Mendelssohn, Arthur Sullivan, and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha for Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday.
Performance Date: August 16, 2019
The BBC Singers take the Proms to London’s ‘Musicians’ Church’ for a concert of English choral pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Performance Date: August 17, 2019
Louise Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman give a recital of music by Schubert, Liszt, Rossini, Hensel, Chopin, and Mendelssohn.
Performance Date: August 19, 2019

Sakari Oramo conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with soloists Anu Komsi, Hilary Summers, Michael Weinius, and Mika Kares. The program also features two world premieres, including a Piano Concerto by Dieter Ammann, with soloist Andreas Haefliger.

Performance Date: August 19, 2019

Walton’s choral masterpiece “Belshazzar’s Feast” gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The program also include Gerald Finley and music by Charles Koechlin and Edgard Varèse

Performance Date: August 20, 2019

David Portillo and Sofia Fomina lead Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with a cast that includes Björn Bürger, Alison Rose, Brindley Sherratt, and Caroline Wettergreen. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment accompanies led by Ryan Wigglesworth.

Performance Date: August 27, 2019

Elgar’s great choral work, “The Music Makers” takes the stage with soloists Stacey Tappan, Dame Sarah Connolly and Anthony Gregory. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Royal Philharmonic with a program that also includes Vaughan Williams’s  ‘Tallis’ Fantasia” and “Hugh Wood’s Comus.”

Performance Date: August 29, 2019

Richard Egarr conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in Handel’s “Jephtha.” The work stars Allan Clayton, Jeanine De Bique, Hilary Summers, Tim Mead, Cody Quattlebaum, and Rowan Pierce.

Performance Date: August 30, 2019

Michael Spyres sings the title role in Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini” alongside Sophia Burgos, Matthew Rose, Tareq Nazmi, Krystian Adam, and Ashley Riches. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

Performance Date: Sept. 2, 2019

Constantinos Carydis and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen alongside Danae Kontora lead a program of Mozart and Strauss arias as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Performance Date: Sept. 7, 2019

Christine Goerke and tenor Stephen Gould join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for music from the culmination of the Ring cycle, “Götterdämmerung.” The program also includes music by Weber and Franck.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2019

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. Elena Stikhina also joins the program for music from “Eugene Onegin” and “The Bartered Bride.”

Performance Date: Sept. 10, 2019

Elizabeth Watts joins the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Manze form music by Bach, Handle, and Beethoven. The program includes  arias from “Fidelio” as well as Beethoven’s fifth symphony.

Performance Date: Sept. 13, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to lead the musical celebration that brings the festival to a close. The program includes arias by Verdi, Bizet, De Falla, Elgar, Grainger as well a number of classic songs.

Performance Date: Sept. 14, 2019