Joyce DiDonato, Nadine Sierra & Mariella Devia Lead Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has announced its 2018-19 season featuring an array of diverse repertoire.

For this season announcement, we will only focus on the vocal performances.

Orchestra Concerts 

The season opens with Bernstein’s “West Side Story” with Nadine Sierra and Alek Shrader in the lead roles with Antonio Pappano conducting. Jessica Vosk, Mark Stone, and Aigul Akhmetshina round out the cast.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-14, 2018

Adams’ “The Gospel according to the Other Mary” will be presented with John Adams conducting his masterpiece with the Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Performance Dates: Nov. 2-4, 2018

Regula Mühlemann, Marianna Pizzolato, Kenneth Tarver, and Tareq Nazmi join forces for Haydn’s Messa “In tempore belli” and Mozart’s “Exultate, jubilate K 165.” The concert will also include pianist Paul Lewis in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3. Manfred Honeck conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 13-15, 2018

Mahler Symphony No.4 is set to be conducted by Yuri Temirkanov with soprano Rachel Harnisch. The concert also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 “London.”

Performance Dates: Jan. 10-12, 2019

Krassimira Stoyaniva sings the Four Last Songs by Strauss conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

Performance Dates: Jan. 17-19, 2019

Antonio Pappano leads Mozart’s Requiem with Francesca Aspromonte, Sonia Prina, Frédéric Antoun, and Georg Zeppenfeld. Pappano will also lead Gil Shaham in Berg’s Violin Concerto.

Performance Dates: Jan. 24-27, 2019

Kirill Petrenko leads Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with soloists Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Okka von der Damerau, Benjamin Bruns, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

Performance Dates: April 4-6, 2019

Soprano Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, soprano Francesca Aspromonte, tenor  Tilman Lichdi, and bass Luca Tittoto perform Mozart’s Grand Mass with Ton Koopman conducting. Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 will also be performed.

Performance Dates: April 19-20, 2019

Genia Kühmeier and Gerhild Romberger star in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Mikko Franck conducting.

Performance Dates: May 30-June 1, 2019

Joyce DiDonato performs Rossini’s “Giovanna d’Arco” conducted by Antonio Pappano. The concert also includes music of Brahms and Haydn.

Performance Dates: June 4-6, 2019

Chamber Music 

Mariella Devia leads an ensemble that includes Sara Mingardo, Sergey Romanovsky, and Michele Pertusi in Rossini’s  Petite Messe Solennelle.

Performance Dates: Oct. 15, 2018

Conductor Giovanni Antonini and  Sandrine Piau team up with Il Giardino Armonico to perform “Haydn 2032 – L’addio” and Haydn’s Symphony No 35, 15, and 14 as well as a scene from Hadyn’s Berenice.

Performance Dates: Nov. 7, 2018