Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2022-23 Season

By Afton Wooten

The Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its line-up for the 2022-23 season.

Led by Musical Director Aziz Shokhakimov in his second season, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra will take on multiple concerts, an international tour, and a four-year partnership with and Warner Classics for streaming and recording opportunities.

This article will focus only on vocal performances.

The opening work is Verdi’s “Requium.” Shokhakimov leads soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Jamie Barton, Benjamin Bernheim, and Ain Anger. They are joined by the Chorus of the Rhine National Opera and the Brno Philharmonic Choir at the Palace of Music and Congresses in Strasbourg. The concert will be held at 8 pm and live-streamed on

Performance Date: September 9, 2022

Next is Franz Schreker’s “The Treasure Hunter.” The late-romantic, German opera was nearly lost because of Nazi invasions during its early performance runs. Thomas Blondelle, Helena Juntunen, Paul Schweinester, Derek Welton, and Doke Pawels will take on the leading roles in this rarely seen opera. Christof Loy provides staging and Marko Letonja conducts.

“The Treasure Hunter” will be sung in German with French and German supertitles. The first round of performances will take place at the Rhine National Opera House and the second in Mullhouse at 3 pm and 8 pm.

Performance Dates: October 28, – November 8, 2022 & November 27 & 29, 2022

Handel’s “Messiah” will start the holiday festivities. Ton Koopman directs Elisabeth Breuer, Maarten Engeltjes, Tilman Lichdi, Andreas Wolf, alongside the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir at the Palace of Music and Congresses at 8 pm.

Performance Date: December 14, 2022

Soprano Rachel Harnish and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra will give two concerts of the program titled “freedom darling” conducted by Oksana Lyniv. Harnish performs Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Lieder.” Both concerts will be held at the Palace of Music and Congresses at 8 pm.

Performance Dates: January 26 & 27, 2023

Once again returning to the Palace of Music and Congresses, Gergely Madaras will conduct the Orchester National de Lille and soprano Christina Gansch. “In the Heart of Vienne” includes works by Schubert, Webern, Berg, and Mozart. Gansch will perform Berg’s “Sieben frühe Lieder.” The concert begins at 8 pm.

Performance Date: February 10, 2023

“The Human Voice” by Poulenc stars Patricia Petibon as Elle. The one-act tragedy will be sung in French with German and French supertitles. Also on the bill is “Aeriality” an Orchestral work by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Concerts take place at the Rhine National Opera House at 8 pm and 3 pm.

The second run of this production will be held in Mullhouse.

Performance Dates: February 18 -26, 2023 & March 12 -14, 2023

The next concert to be live-streamed on and recorded is a concert version Bizet’s “Carmen.” Joyce DiDonato sings the title role alongside Micheal Spyers as Don José. John Nelson conducts the Choir of the Opéra national du Rhin. Both performances take place at the Palace of Music and Congresses at 8 pm.

This production of “Carmen” will be revived on the UK leg of the tour at the Royal Albert Hall at 7 pm.

Performance Dates: April 4 & 6, 2023 & April 14, 2023

Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tale of Tsar Saltane” takes place at the Rhine National Opera House with performances at 3 pm and 8 pm. Ante Jerkunica takes on the title role and is joined by Svetlana Aksenova, and Stine Marie Fischer. Aziz Shokhakimov conducts alongside Dmitri Tcherniakov’s stage direction.

Yet another production of “The Tale of Tsar Saltane” will take place in Mullhouse.

Performance Dates: May 5 – 13, 2023 & May 26 & 28, 2023

Elisabeth Teige, Adriana Gonzalez, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Mischa Schelomianski star in the production on Puccini’s “Turnadot” at the Rhine National Opera. Performances take place at 5 pm and 8 pm. Domingo Hindoyan serves as conductor and Emmanuelle Bastet serves as the director.

The final vocal production of the 2022-23 seasons will be the same production of “Turnadot”held in Mullhouse.

Performance Dates: June 9- 20, 2023 & Jul 2 & 4, 2023