Julia Bullock, Gustavo Dudamel & Isabel Leonard Lead LA Philharmonic’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard / Met Opera)

The LA Philharmonic has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of important stars and conductors.

For the purposes of this article, we will only highlight vocal performances.

The season opens with Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Peer Gynt selections with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Lang Lang. The program also includes John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine with Liv Redpath.

Performance Date: Sept. 22, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel leads violinist Leila Josefowicz and baritone Gustavo Castillo in a program that includes Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails, the world premiere of Andrew Norman’s Violin Concerto and Ginastera’s Estancia.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-4, 2020

Barbara Hannigan leads “Supernova,” an immersive multimedia staged concert with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Bryce Dessner, and David Chalmin. The concert will also include Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque and Netia Jones.

Performance Date: Oct. 9, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” and Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” and “Death and Transfiguration.” Nina Stemme is the soloist.

Performance Dates: Oct. 15-17, 2020

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Peter Sellars directing. The cast is set to star Nina Stemme, Stephen Gould, Michelle DeYoung, Franz-Josef Selig, James Rutherford, Richard Trey Smagur and Bille Bruley.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel conducts John Adams and Alice Goodman’s “Nixon in China” in a production by Elkhanah Pulitzer and with film designer Bill Morrison. The production is set to star Ryan McKinny, Craig Colclough, Joélle Harvey, Joo Won Kang, John Matthew Myers and So Young Park.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19-22, 2020

Ton Koopman leads soloists Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Maarten Engeltjes, Nils Giebelhausen, and Jesse Blumberg in a program of  works by Handel and Bach.

Performance Dates: Dec. 18-20, 2020

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Isabel Leonard, Nicholas Phan, and Gerald Finley in Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Performance Dates: Jan. 7-10, 2021

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts his own work “Meditation on Rilke” with soloists Sasha Cooke and Dashon Burton. The program also includes Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini Overture and Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and La valse.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15 & 16, 2021

Richard Egarr leads Mary Bevan, Tim Mead, James Gilchrist and Roderick Williams in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass and Muffat’s Missa in labore requies.

Performance Date: Feb. 10, 2021

John Adams and Peter Sellars’ “Girls of Golden West” gets concert performances with Julia Bullock, Davone Tines, Paul Appleby, Hye Jung Lee, Elliott Madore, Daniela Mack, and Ryan McKinny. Adams conducts the performances.

Performance Dates: Feb.26-28, 2021

Franco Fagioli and Il Pomo d’Oro join forces for an evening of Handel.

Performance Date: March 10, 2021

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” and Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces. Soloists include Lucy Crowe and Kate Lindsey.

Performance Dates: April 1-3. 2021

Barbara Hannigan will conduct and star in the title role of Gerald Barry and Oscar Wilde’s “Salome.” The world premiere will also star
James Way, Alison Scherzer, Trevor Eliot Bowes, Erik Rosenius and award-winning actor Mathieu Amalric.

Performance Dates: April 24, 2021

Julia Bullock closes out the season in an expanded version of her recital program “History’s Persistent Voice,” which highlights the words, work, and experiences of Black American artists. This mixed-media concert features all-new commissioned music by an esteemed roster of American women of color including Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Loggins-Hull, Tania León, Jessie Montgomery, Camille Norment, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Pamela Z.

Performance Dates: June 9, 2021