Leah Crocetto, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Limmie Pulliam, and Aleksey Bogdanov to Open San Diego Symphony Season

By Chris Ruel

The San Diego Symphony has announced its 2022-23 Masterworks Classical Season, which will be book-ended with vocal performances of works by Verdi and Antonio Estévez.

Opening the season is a San Diego Symphony premiere presentation of Verdi’s “Requiem” featuring soloists soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Limmie Pulliam, and baritone Aleksey Bogdanov, all of whom are making their Symphony debuts. The San Diego Master Chorale will join them on stage, with Music Director Rafael Payare on the podium.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-2, 2022, at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with conductor Rafael Payare will present an evening of Debussy and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Soprano Hera Hyesang Park will be the featured soloist.

Performance Dates: April 21-22, 2023, at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

The season closes with Antonio Estévez’s  “Cantata criolla: Florentino, el que canto con el Diablo (Florentino, the One Who Sang with the Devil),” a tale of a singing competition between a plains-dwelling Venezuelan troubadour and the Devil. The text comes from the poem by Alberto Arvelo Torrealba. The 1954 composition features orchestra, chorus, tenor, and baritone soloists. The San Diego Master Chorale will join the San Diego Symphony, with Rafael Payare slated to conduct. (The Symphony will announce soloists at a later date.)

Performance Dates: May 26-27, 2023, at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.