Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Elīna Garanča, Christine Goerke Headline Philharmonie Essen’s 2021-22 Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: © Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical /  Jiyang Chen / Chris Singer / Paul Schirnhofer/DG / Opus 3 Artists official website)

Philharmonie Essen has announced its 2021-22 season.

For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the vocal works only.

Christine Goerke and Klaus Florian Vogt perform works by Richard Wagner. Andris Nelsons conducts the Bayreuther Festspielorchester.

Performance Date: August. 31, 2021

Baritone Michael Volle presents Johannes Brahms’ “Die schöne Magelone” alongside pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Performance Date: Sept. 17, 2021

The concert performance of Händel‘s “Radamisto” stars Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Emőke Baráth, Zachary Wilder, Renato Dolcini, Anna Bonitatibus, Alicia Amo, and Philippe Jaroussky in the title role. Francesco Corti conducts Il Pomo d’Oro.

Performance Date: Oct. 10, 2021

Baritone Thomas Hampson performs works by Bach, Wolf, and Crumb.

Performance Date: Oct. 20, 2021

Sabine Devieilhe presents music by Bach and Händel. Raphaël Pichon conducts.

Performance Date: Oct. 23, 2021

Baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer and Chorwerk Ruhr perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” and Johannes Brahms’ “Nänie.

Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2021

Soprano Claudia Barainsky sings music by Haydn, Byrd, Purcell, and Schumann alongside the Delian Quartett.

Performance Date: Nov. 8, 2021

Elīna Garanča performs works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Bizet, and Saint-Saëns alongside pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Performance Date: Nov. 14, 2021

The performance of Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” spotlights soprano Mari Eriksmoen and baritone Andrè Schuen. Raphaël Pichon conducts.

Performance Date: Nov. 20, 2021

The concert performance of Händel’s “Theodora” stars Michael Spyres, Joyce DiDonato, John Chest, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, and Lisette Oropesa in the title role. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d’Oro.

Performance Date: Nov. 26, 2021

Soprano Giulia Montanari presents works by Johann Joseph Fux, Dario Castello, and Antonio Caldara.

Performance Date: Dec. 1 – 2, 2021

Soprano Dorothee Mields performs music by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Corelli, and Marcello. Dorothee Oberlinger conducts.

Performance Date: Dec. 4, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Liliana de Sousa performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach alongside conductor Tomáš Netopil.

Performance Date: Dec. 12, 2021

Cecilia Bartoli and Franco Fagioli perform Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater.” Gianluca Capuano conducts Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco.

Performance Date: Dec. 18, 2021

The performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Weihnachtsoratorium” BWV 248 spotlights soprano Evelyn Ziegler, alto Miriam Albano, tenor Georg Poplutz, and bass Harald Martini. Wolfgang Kläsener conducts.

Performance Date: Dec. 26, 2021

Pumeza Matshikiza and Tom Gaebel perform in a New Year concert. Frank Strobel conducts.

Performance Date: Dec. 31, 2021

Operettengala will feature soprano Irina Simmes and tenor Richard Samek performing works by Franz von Suppé, Johann Strauß Sohn, Franz Lehár, Richard Heuberger, Luigi Arditi, Oscar Straus, and Emmerich Kálmán alongside conductor Andrea Sanguineti.

Performing Date: Jan. 1, 2022

Andrè Schuen presents Franz Schubert‘s “Die schöne Müllerin” alongside pianist Daniel Heide.

Performance Date: Jan. 20, 2022

The concert performance of Händel’s “Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno” features Jeanine de Bique, Sophie Rennert, Terry Wey, and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro. Rubén Dubrovsky conducts.

Performance Date: Jan. 30, 2022

Matthias Goerne presents Schumann’s “Liederkreis” alongside pianist Markus Hinterhäuser.

Performance Date: Feb. 11, 2022

Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Collegium Vocale Gent and Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the performance of Stravinsky’s “Symphonie des psaumes.”

Performance Date: March 3, 2022

Tenor Julian Prégardien, baritone Huw Montague-Rendall, soprano Ying Fang, alto Sara Mingardo, tenor Laurence Kilsby, and bass Christian Immler perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Raphaël Pichon conducts the Pygmalion.

Performance Dates: March 4 – 6, 2022

Performances of Rossini‘s “Stabat Mater” will showcase soprano Jessica Muirhead, mezzo-soprano Liliana de Sousa, tenor Carlos Cardoso, and bass Christoph Seidl. Tianyi Lu conducts.

Performance Dates: March 17 – 18, 2022

A performance of Beethoven‘s “Christus am Ölberge” spotlights soprano Eleanor Lyons, tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp, and bass Thomas E. Bauer alongside conductor Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent.

Performance Date: March 19, 2022

Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann perform lieder by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms alongside pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Performance Date: March 23, 2022

Capella de la Torre performs Cavalli’s “Requiem” alongside conductor Katharina Bäuml.

Performance Date: April 15, 2022

Pygmalion presents works by Johannes Ockeghem, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg, and Arnold Schönberg alongside conductor Raphaël Pichon.

Performance Date: April 23, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená sings Weill’s “Die sieben Todsünden” alongside Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: May 2, 2022

Soprano Samuel Mariño presents works by Henry Purcell, John Dowland, Georg Friedrich Händel, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart alongside pianist Helen Collyer.

Performance Date: May 8, 2022

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 will feature soprano Giulia Montanari and alto Bettina Ranch. Tomáš Netopil conducts.

Performance Dates: May 26 – 27, 2022