Joyce DiDonato, Patricia Petibon & Cecilia Bartoli Lead Philharmonie Luxembourg’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Philharmonie Luxembourg has announced its 2020-21 season featuring several great orchestras, soloists, and the famed Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg.

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

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Rinat Shaham and Gerald Finley.

Performance Date: Sept. 19, 2020

Oksana Lyniv and Rolando Villazón join the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg for a program entitled “L’Allegria.”

Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2020

Valery Gergiev conducts “Khovanshchina” with the Mariinsky Theatre and soloists Yulia Matochkina, Yevgeny Akimov, Mikhail Petrenko, Vladislav Sulimsky, Oleg Videman, Vladimir Vaneev, Larisa Gogolevskaya, Violetta Lukyanenko, Yaroslav Petryanik, and Andrei Popov.

Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2020

Benjamin Bernheim and Carrie-Ann Matheson perform a recital of music by Berlioz, Duparc, C. Schumann, and Strauss.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2020

Soraya Mafi, Jan Petryka, Georg Klimbacher, and Graham Johnson perform lieder by Schubert.

Performance Date: Oct. 25, 2020

Philippe Herreweghe conducts Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” with Eleanor Lyons, Eva Zaïcik, Maximilian Schmitt, and Florian Boesch.

Performance Date: Nov. 23, 2020

Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud perform an evening of Debussy Ravel, and Fauré.

Performance Date: Nov. 25, 2020

Marlis Petersen sings R. Strauss’s “Four Last Songs” with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis. The program also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

Performance Date: Nov. 27, 2020

Gianluca Capuano and Cecilia Bartoli perform an evening of Bel Canto with the Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco.

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2020

James Newby sings a recital in the rising stars series. Joseph Middleton will accompany the baritone in a program that includes music by Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, and Britten.

Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2020

Joyce DiDonato brings her acclaimed concert Songplay to Luxembourg. The concert will include musicians Charlie Porter, Craig Terry, Lautaro Greco, Chuck Israels, and James Madison.

Performance Date: Jan. 23, 2021

Giovanni Antonin and the Kammerorchester Basel perform Mozart’s Così fan tutte.” The cast includes Julia Kleiter, Emöke Baráth, Sandrine Piau, Michael Spyres, and Vittorio Prato.

Performance Date: Feb. 2, 2021

Bejun Mehta and Jonathan Ware perform in a recital featuring music by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Britten, and Mahler.

Performance Date: March 17, 2021

Barbara Hannigan performs alongside Sir Simon Rattle and the Lond Symphony in a program of music by Debussy, Mahler, Schubert, Ravel, and Dutilleux.

Performance Date: March 26, 2021

Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the English Baroque Soloists in Bach’s Johannespassion with Julia Doyle, Reginald Mobley, Peter Davoren, Nick Pritchard, William Thomas, and Alex Ashworth.

Performance Date: March 29, 2021

Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre in a Bach and Mozart program. Soloists include Ana Maria Labin, Ambroisine Bré, Owen Willetts, Valerio Contaldo, and Norman Patzke.

Performance Date: March 30, 2021

Jérémie Rhorer and Patricia Petibon perform alongside the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg for Prokofiev’s Roméo et Juliette and Poulenc’s “La Voix humaine.”

Performance Date: April 1, 2021

Alan Gilbert leads a Stravinsky program including “Le Sacre du Printemps” and “Oedipus Rex.” Soloists include Brenden Gunnell, Dame Sarah Connolly, Tomasz Konieczny, Sir John Tomlinson, Attilio Glaser, and Matthias Brandt.

Performance Date: April 19, 2021

Alondra de la Parra, Rolando Villazón, Ilan Schneider, and Ilia Laporev join the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg for a program entitled “Don Quixote.” The concert will include music by R. Strauss, Massenet, Telemann, Ullmann, and Minkus.

Performance Date: April 20, 2021

William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants and soloists Emmanuelle de Negri, Anna Reinhold, Cyril Auvity, Marc Mauillon, and Lisandro Abadie in a program of arias by Antoine Boësset, Eustache Du Caurroy, Pierre Guédron, Claude Le Jeune, Étienne Moulinié, and Pierre Verdier.

Performance Date: April 22, 2021

Julien Leroy conducts mezzo-soprano Christina Daletska in a program of music by Dennehy, David, Nemtsov, Manoury, Graham, Maresz, and Alvarado.

Performance Date: May 2, 2021

William Kentridge directs Monteverdi’sIl Ritorno di Ulisse” with the Ricercar Consort and Philippe Pierlot conducting. The cast includes Romina Basso, Jeffrey Thompson, and Jean-François Novelli.

Performance Dates: May 28 & 29, 2021

Christian Thielemann and Erin Morley perform an evening of R. Strauss alongside the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.

Performance Date: June 10, 2021



Orchestre de Luxembour on Tour 

Gustavo Gimeno and Anja Harteros join the Orchestre de Luxembourg for an evening of Wagner, Webern, and Franck. The performance will be held at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Performance Date: Feb. 2, 2021

Poulenc’s “La voix humaine” and Escaich’s “Point d’orgue” will be performed in a double bill with Patricia Petibon starring in the Poulenc work and Jean-Sébastien Bou and Cyrille Dubois in Escaich’s opera. Jérémie Rohrer conducts Olivier Py’s production.

Opéra de Dijon Performance Dates: March 26-30, 2021

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Performance Dates: March 6-14, 2021

Roberto Sacca and Ann Petersen star in R. Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” with Lawrence Renes conducting. Katie Mitchell directs the new production.

Performance Dates: April 28 & 30 2021