Julian Prégardien, Ludwig Mittelhammer, Christina Landshamer, Kathryn Lewek Headline Cleveland Orchestra’s Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival

By David Salazar

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its second annual Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival.

“Building on last season’s successful launch of the Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival, the 2024 edition will continue to bring together our community and several of Cleveland’s great cultural institutions for exploration, discussion, and reflection around the theme of ‘Power,’” said André Gremillet, President and CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra, in an official press statement issued by the company.

The festival runs from May 15-26 and is headlined by a production of “The Magic Flute,” conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. The opera stars Julian Prégardien, Ludwig Mittelhammer, Christina Landshamer, Kathryn Lewek, Tareq Nazmi, and Alexandria Shiner, among others.

“Opera has a unique capacity to draw upon a multidimensional view of our world and shared human experience, and this year’s performances of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will set the stage for exploring different facets of ‘Power’ through music, art, and lectures, among others. We are thankful for our wonderful partners and for the support of our generous donors, including the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, without whom this festival would not be possible,” added Gremillet.

Performance Dates: May 16 – 26, 2024

There will also be a presentation on “United in Song! A Free Community Choral Celebration.”

Performance Dates: May 25, 2024

The festival also features performances by Conrad Tao and Leila Josefowiz. There will also be a special exhibition entitled “Africa and Byzantium & The Magic Flute.”