Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato, and Allan Clayton to Star At Aldeburgh Festival 2020

By David Salazar
(Credit: Michael Orenstein / Chris Singer)

The Aldeburgh Festival has unveiled its 2020 festival, which will take place between June 12-28, 2020.

The festival will open at Bury St. Edmund’s Abbey with a concert that features such artists and ensembles as  Britten Sinfonia, Allan Clayton, Ian Bostridge, Clare Hammond and Ryan Wigglesworth, among others. The concert will feature the world premiere of John Tavener’s “La Noche Oscura.”

Performance Date: June 12, 2020

The festival will present the world premiere of Alice Birch and Tom Coult’s “Violet.” It will star Elizabeth Atherton, John Graham-Hall, and Frances Gregory with Andrew Gourlay conducting the London Sinfonietta.

Performance Date: June 13, 2020

Sir Mark Elder will lead The Hallé in a suite from Britten’s “Death in Venice” as well as Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

Performance Date: June 14, 2020

Tenor Allan Clayton and baritone Roderick Williams perform music of Britten and Mary-Anthony Turnage alongside pianist James Baillieu and Olivia Jageurs.

Performance Date: June 15, 2020

The Monteverdi Choir performs music of Purcell, Monteverdi, Carissimi, and Scarlatti under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Performance Date: June 16, 2020

Nigel Short leads Tenebrae in a performance of music by Tavener, Golovanov, Gretchanninov, Rachmaninov, Chesnokov, Glinka, UNsuk Chin, and Tallis.

Performance Date: June 17, 2020

Soprano Rachel Nicholls appears in a concert that features music of Wagner and Birtwistle, with the latter creating an arrangement of a symphony journey of “Götterdämmerung” for soprano and orchestra.  Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: June 18, 2020

Soprano Sophie Bevan joins forces with Ryan Wiggleworth for a recital featuring music of Purcell, Fauré, Boulanger, Messiaen, and Wigglesworth.

Performance Date: June 19, 2020

The Aldeburgh Voices will take on music by Britten in the Garden at the Red House.

Performance Date: June 20, 2020

There will be a masterclass recital featuring Britten-Pears Young Artists at the Britten Studio.

Performance Date: June 20, 2020

Britten’s War Requiem will be showcased with tenor Allan Clayton, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, and baritone Florian Boesche. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: June 21, 2020

The Exaudi vocal ensemble takes on music of Baillie, Billings, Cage, and Cassandra Miller under the musical direction of James Weeks.

Performance Date: June 21, 2020

Soprano Nadine Benjamin and pianist Nicole Panizza will take on a series of songs by such composers as Copland, Julianna Hall, Luigi Zaninellie, Ella Jarman-Pinto inspired by poet Emily Dickinson.

Performance Date: June 22, 2020

The Festival will present “Janet Baker: In Her Own Words,” a documentary about the famed singer, her career, and her life today.

Performance Date: June 22, 2020

Julia Bullock will perform in “Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine,” alongside the International Contemporary Ensemble under Zack Winokur. The concert will include music by Tyshawn Sorey.

Performance Date: June 23, 2020

Famed Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will showcase “Songplay” with pianist Craig Terry and a number of other musicians.

Performance Date: June 24, 2020

Dame Janet Baker will join mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in conversation alongside John Bridcut.

Performance Date: June 25, 2020

Soprano Julia Bullock and baritone Evan Hughes will take on music of Cage, Carter, Copland, and Foss alongside Ryan Wigglesworth, who will lead members of the Knussen Chamber Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Pianist Bretton Brown will also perform.

Performance Date: June 25, 2020

The Gesualdo Six will take on music of such composers as Hildegard von Bingen, Gesualdo, Byrd, Tallis, Brahms, Poulenc, Rodney Bennett, Joanna Marsh, Owain Park and Alison Willis.

Performance Date: June 26, 2020

Tenor Allan Clayton will perform a concert featuring music of Britten, Rainier, and Berkley alongside pianist James Baillieu and other prominent musicians.

Performance Date: June 27, 2020

The festival will end with soprano Julia Bullock joining forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins. They will perform music of Turnage, Britten, Mahler, and Mussorgsky.

Performance Date: June 28, 2020

There will also be a series of Masterclasses, Masterclass Recitals and performances by Britten-Pears Alumni.