Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Magdalena Kožená & Anja Harteros Lead Philharmonie Essen’s 2022-23 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Philharmonie Essen has announced its 2022-23 season.

Here is a look at the vocal and operatic highlights.

Magdalena Kožená and Yefim Bronfman perform a recital of music by Brahms, Dvořák, Martinů, Mussorgsky, and Bartók.

Performance Date: Sept. 5, 2022

Regensburger Domspatzen, Knabenchor Hannover, and Essener Domsingknaben perform in concert.

Performance Date: Sept. 17, 2022

Evelyn Ziegler performs alongside Udo Mertens, Carola Seibt, Sarah Koenen, Sebastian Bürger, Roland Schwark, Thomas Pauschert, and Wolfgang Kläsener in music by Pachelbel, Bach, Händel, and Mozart.

Performance Date: Oct. 9, 2022

Olga Pudova sings works by Strauß, Arditi, Glasunov, Shostakovich, Waldteufel, Gounod, Josef Strauß, Elgar, Richard Rogers, and Joseph Lanner. She is accompanied by Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Ernst Theis.

Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2022

Florian Sempey teams up with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski for works by Rameau.

Performance Date: Oct. 19, 2022

Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Thomas Walker, and Tobias Berndt perform Mozart’s Requiem with the Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, and Daniel Reuss. The program also includes Louis Andriessen’s “May” and Josquin Desprez’s “Nymphes des bois.”

Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2022

Burkina Electric will feature the Ensemble BRuCH. The ensemble includes Marie Heeschen, Sally Beck, Ella Rohwer, and Claudia Chan.

Performance Date: Oct. 29, 2022

Franco Fagioli stars as Händel’s “Ariodante” alongside Melissa Petit, Sarah Gilford, Lucile Richardot, Nicholas Phan, and Alex Rosen. Il Pomo d’Oro is conducted by George Petrou.

Performance Date: Nov. 5, 2022

Bettina Ranch joins the Essener Philharmoniker and Erik Nielsen for Wagner and Schumann.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10 & 11, 2022

Matthias Goerne and Víkingur Ólafsson perform a recital of music by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2022

Händel’s “Messiah” will be performed by Julia Doyle, Tim Mead, Thomas Hobbs, and Roderick Williams. The RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin will be conducted by Justin Doyle.

Performance Date: Dec. 13, 2022

Eleanor Lyons, Eva Zaïcik, Ilker Arcayürek, and Thomas E. Bauer lead Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. The Collegium Vocale Gent and Orchestre des Champs-Élysées are led by Philippe Herreweghe.

Performance Date: Dec. 18, 2022

Diana Damrau and Matthias Höfs join the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Riccardo Minasi for a Holiday concert of music by Bach, Händel, and Mozart.

Performance Date: Dec. 22, 2022

Elvira Bill, Marcus Ullmann and Harald Martini join the Essener Domsingknaben and Kettwiger Bach-Ensemble. Wolfgang Kläsener conducts Bach’s music.

Performance Date: Dec. 26, 2022

Sofia Luz Held, Elvira Bill, Marcus Ullmann,  and Harald Martini perform Bach’s “Weihnachtsoratorium.” Wolfgang Kläsener conducts. 

Performance Date: Dec. 26, 2022

Jessica Muirhead, Bettina Ranch, Carlos Cardoso, and Baurzhan Anderzhanov join the Opernchor des Aalto-Theaters, Philharmonischer Chor Essen, and Essener Philharmoniker under Tomáš Netopil for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Performance Date: Jan. 1, 2023

Céline Scheen,  Suzanne Jerosme, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Paul Figuier, Thomas Hobbs, Nicholas Scott, Benoît Arnould, and Edward Grint perform Purcell under Damien Guillon.

Performance Date: Jan. 14, 2023

Ian Bostridge leads a program of Beethoven and Haydn with the Oberon Trio.

Performance Date: Jan. 15, 2023

Bettina Ranch leads Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Aalto Kinderchor, Damen des Philharmonischen Chores Essen, and Essener Philharmoniker. Tomáš Netopil conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2 & 3, 2023

Katharina Konradi, Anna Harvey, Patrick Grahl, and Krešimir Stražanac perform an all Mozart program with the Gaechinger Cantorey and conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann.

Performance Date: Feb. 9, 2023

Nikola Hillebrand and Alexander Fleischer lead a program with music by Schubert, Strauss, and Brahms. Daniel Finkernagel moderates.

Performance Dates: Feb. 19, 2023

Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” will be performed.

Performance Date: March 12, 2023

Jessica Muirhead, Bettina Ranch, and Richard Samek perform under the Opernchor des Aalto-Theaters, Philharmonischer Chor Essen, and Essener Philharmoniker and conductor Tomáš Netopil. The program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2.

Performance Dates: March 30 & 31 2023

Bach’s “Matthäuspassion” will be conducted by Justin Doyle and will star Julia Sophie Wagner, Benno Schachtner, Patrick Grahl, Benjamin Glaubitz, Konstantin Krimmel, and Dominic Barberi. The concert includes the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Performance Date: April 7, 2023

George Benjamin conducts his opera “Lessons in Love and Violence” with Evan Hughes, Gyula Orendt, Georgia Jarman, Paul Curievici, Samuel Boden, Hannah Sawle, Krisztina Szabó, and Tristan Hambleton.

Performance Date: April 30, 2023

Fatma Said performs a program of Vivaldi, Händel, and Purcell with Concerto de’ Cavalieri and conductor Marcello Di Lisa.

Performance Date: May 20, 2023

Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d’Oro, and Maxim Emelyanychev bring their “Eden” concert to Essen.

Performance Date: June 15, 2023

Anja Harteros and Wolfram Rieger perform in recital.

Performance Date: June 17, 2023

Jessica Muirhead and Heiko Trinsinger perform Antonín Dvořák’s “Te Deum.” The Philharmonischer Chor Essen, Opernchor des Aalto-Theaters, and Essener Philharmoniker are led by Tomáš Netopil.

Performance Dates: June 22 & 23 2023