Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Lise Davidsen & Sonya Yoncheva Lead Palau de la Música Catalana’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona has announced a star-studded 2021-22 season with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, soloists, and choruses.

Here is a look at the vocal and choral performances.

The Cor Lieder Càmera and Josep Vila i Casañasperformworksby Bach, Brahms, Duruflé, Gasull, Morera, Ollé, Vila i Casañas, and Vaughan-Williams.

Performance Date: Sept. 19, 2021

Joyce DiDonato brings her My Favorite Things concert to Spain with music by Monteverdi, Gluck, Händel, and Purcell. Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychevjoin the diva.

Performance Date: Sept. 20, 2021

Cellist Mariona Camats joins Cor de noies de l’Orfeó Català, Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, and Andrés Salado for music by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Cruixent.

Performance Date: Sept. 25, 2021

Júlia Farrés-Llongueras, David Alegret, and Ketevan Kemoklidze sing music by Migo and Manen. The program also includes music by Grignon and soloists Sergi Pacheco and Kalina Macuta. The Orquestra Simfònica del Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona is conducted by Xavier Puig. 

Performance Date: Sept. 30, 2021

The Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música and Christof Siebert perform Schütz, Bach, and Mendelssohn.

Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2021

Handel’s “Radamisto” will be performed by Alicia Amo, Emöke Barath, Anna Bonitatibus, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky, Zachary Wilder, and Renato Dolcini. Il Pomo d’Oro is led by Francesco Corti.

Performance Date: Oct. 6, 2021

The Tallis Scholars, Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, and Peter Phillips celebrate the 500th anniversary of Josquin des Prés.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2021

Sara Bañeras and José Ramón Martín perform a program of R. Strauss, Liszt, Charpentier, Ortega, and Toldra. The Trio Orion also performs on the concert.

Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2021

The Cor Zongora, Cor Tyrichae, and Orfeó Català perform popular chorus songs.

Performance Date: Oct. 17, 2021

María Hinojosa, Marc Charles, and José Antonio Domené perform “Andròmeda Encadenada d’Agustí Charles.” José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana conducts.

Performance Date: Oct. 28, 2021

Daniel Gil de Tejada conducts the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Performance Date: Nov. 6, 2021

Irene Mas, Mireia Tarragó, Tànit Bono, Ferran Albrich, and Victoria Guerrero join forces for music by Gerhard, Fauré, Schubert, and R. Strauss

Performance Date: Nov. 11, 2021

The Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música and Simon Halsey perform Saairho and Corella.

Performance Date: Nov. 13, 2021

Sonya Yoncheva brings her Rebirth tour with Cappella Mediterranea and Leonardo Garcìa Alarcon. 

Performance Date: Nov. 15, 2021

The Coral Cantiga celebrates its 60th anniversary with Pep Prats conducting.

Performance Date: Nov. 28, 2021

Xavier Puig celebrates Vives’ 150th anniversary with selections from his works “Maruxa,” “Doña Francisquita,” and “Bohemios. Soloists will be announced at a later time.

Performance Date: Nov. 29, 2021

Lise Davidsen joins the Bergen Philharmonic and Edward Gardner for R. Strauss’ Four Last Songs. The program will also include Ligeti and Tchaikovsky.

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2021

Philippe Jaroussky and Thibaut Garcia perform a program of music by Dowland, Purcell, Giordani, Donizetti, Rossini, Schubert, Mozart, Fauré, Poulenc, Britten, and Granados.

Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2021

John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz’s “L’enfance du Christ” with Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música, Monteverdi Choir, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

Performance Date: Dec. 16, 2021

Sara Blanch sings music by J. Strauss and Offenbach with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Xavier Puig. The program also includes music by Dvorak and Liszt.

Performance Date: Dec. 18, 2021

Stéphane Degout and Simon Lepper perform Schubert, Loewe, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, and Wolf.

Performance Date: Dec. 20, 2021

The Escolania de Montserrat and La Grande Chapelle perform alongside conductor Albert Recasens in music by Cererols and Valls.

Performance Date: Dec. 21, 2021

Simon Halsey celebrates the holidays with Orfeó Català, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Cor de Noies de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català, and Cor Petits de l’Orfeó Català. 

Performance Date: Dec. 26, 2021

Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble and Thomas Hengelbrock perform Bach’s Missa en Si menor.

Performance Date: Jan. 29, 2022

Franco Fagioli performs a program of Handel arias with the Gabetta Consort and conductor Andrés Gabetta.

Performance Date: Jan. 30, 2022

Josep Gil conducts a program of music by Timon, Mozart, Say, and Mendelssohn with violinist Fazil Say, Cor Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Infantil Palau Vincles, and the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.

Performance Date: Feb. 5, 2022

Julia Lezhneva and Pavel Nersessian perform a recital.

Performance Date: Feb. 7, 2022

The Cor de Noies de l’Orfeó Català and Buia Reixach i Feixes perform an hommage to Guinovart.

Performance Date: Feb. 13, 2022

Ian Bostridge headlines Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo with Monica Piccinini, Marina de Liso, Aleksey Bogdanov, Roberta Invernizzi,  Fabrizio Beggi, Francesco Marsiglia, Valentino Buzza, and Filippo Mineccia.

Fabio Biondi conducts the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música and Europa Galante.

Performance Date: Feb. 18, 2022

Núria Rial joins Orfeó Català and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya for a program of music by Saariaho, Vivancos, and Sibelius. Anna Maria Helsing conducts.

Performance Date: Feb. 19, 2022

Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” will star Carolyn Sampson, Maite Beaumont, Hillary Summers, Rupert Enticknap, Christian Gil, Christopher Lowrey, and José Antonio López. Aaron Zapico conducts Forma Antiqva.

Performance Date: March 10, 2022

Purcell’s “King Arthur” will be performed by Pere Arquillué, Vox Luminis, and Lionel Meunier.  

Performance Date: March 14, 2022

The Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier will perform Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen.”    

Performance Date: March 16, 2022

Johannes Kammler and Akemi Murakami perform a program with music by Schumann, Ravel, and Liszr.

Performance Date: March 23, 2022

The Cors de l’Escola Coral de l’Orfeó Català and Orfeó Català under the direction of Simon Halsey perform music by Thompson and Timon.

Performance Date: April 3, 2022

Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, and Helmut Deutsch team up for Lieder by Schumann and Brahms.

Performance Date: April 9, 2022

Xavier Puig conducts Verdi’s Requiem with Marta Mathéu, Laura Vila, Albert Casals, Toni Marsol, the Cor de Cambra de l’Auditori Enric Granados, the Cor Ciutat de Tarragona, the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música, and Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.

Performance Date: April 10, 2022

Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe perform Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion.

Performance Date: April 12, 2022

Xavier Puig conducts Saint John’s Passion with Juan de la Rubia, Soloists Beca Bach Fundació Salvat, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música, and Orquestra Barroca Catalana. Performance Date: April 24, 2022

Jakub Józef Orliński performs arias by Handel and Vivaldi with Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev.

Performance Date: April 25, 2022

Sonia Prina and Juan Sancho perform baroque arias alongside the Vespres d’Arnadí and Dani Espasa.

Performance Date: April 30, 2022

Lea Desandre sings Dowland and Purcell alongside Jupiter and conductor Thomas Dunford.

Performance Date: May 2, 2022

Carolyn Sampson joins The Heath Quartet for music by Haydn, Schoenberg, and Widmann.

Performance Date: May 5, 2022

Josep Vila i Jover conducts Guinovart’s El Messies with Marta Mathéu, Toni Marsol, Albert Guinovart, VEUS-Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió, Cor Jove Amics de la Unió, and Cor de Cambra de Granollers.

Performance Date: May 8, 2022

Charles Castronovo and Ludovic Tézier perform Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria.” The program, which also includes Orfeó Català, Orquestra Filharmònica de Luxemburg, and Gustavo Gimeno, will also showcase music by Messiaen.

Performance Date: May 11, 2022

Daniel Gil de Tejada conducts the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” 

Performance Date: May 21, 2022

Daniel Morales and the Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català perform a capella classics under the direction of Esteve Nabona.

Performance Date: May 22, 2022

Catriona Morison and Julius Drake perform a recital of music by Greig, Brahms, Liddell, Elgar, Schumann, and Britten.

Performance Date: May 26, 2022

Horovitz’s “El capità Noè” is sung by Cor Petits de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català, and Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català. 

Performance Date: May 29, 2022

Marta Mathéu performs works by Schumann, Granados, Salvador, and Montsalvatge alongside Francisco Poyato.

Performance Date: June 1, 2022

Edmon Colomer conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with soloists Marga Cloquell, Antoni Lliteres, Anais Masllorens, and Elies Benito.

Performance Date: June 4, 2022

John Eliot Gardiner conducts music by Bach, Schutz, and Schein. The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists join the evening.

Performance Date: June 8, 2022

Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música and Xavier Puig perform music by Schubert.

Performance Date: June 19, 2022

Mercedes Gancedo, Joan Martín-Royo, Marco Evangelisti, and Alberto García Demestres perform Demestres’ Mariana en sombras.

Performance Date: July 7, 2022

The Solistes Beca Bach 2021, Cor Jove Nacional de Catalunya, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Daniel Tarrida and Manel Valdivieso perform Bach.

Performance Date: July 14, 2022

Patricia Petibon sings Mozart alongside the Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, and Dani Espasa. 

Performance Date: July 16, 2022

Ulrike Haller and Marta Infante perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Marc Rosich conducts the work with Vespres d’Arnadi.

Performance Date: July 18, 2022