Lise Davidsen, Thomas Hampson, Jeanine De Bique & Magdalena Kožená Lead BBC Proms’ 2023 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The BBC Proms has announced its 2023 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances.

Paul Lewis, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Dalia Stasevska perform the first night of Proms.

Performance Date: July 14, 2023

Early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico explores the many facets of William Byrd.

Performance Date: July 15, 2023

Soprano Rainelle Krause will debut with “Horrible Histories – ‘Orrible Opera.”

Performance Date: July 22, 2023

American counter-tenor Reginald Mobley is joined by French jazz pianist Baptiste Trotignon for a musical journey through the African American spiritual.

Performance Date: July 23, 2023

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and new Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with soloists Eleanor Dennis, Karen Cargill, Nicky Spence, and Michael Mofidian.

Performance Date: July 23, 2023

Rachmaninov’s “The Bells” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 combine in an all-Russian program from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé. Mané Galoyan, Dmytro Popov, and Rodion Pogossov are the soloists.

Performance Date: July 26, 2023

Maxim Emelyanychev and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra present Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” alongside soloists Roderick Williams, Carolyn Sampson, Helen Charlston, and Andrew Staples.

Performance Date: July 29, 2023

Owain Park directs The Gesualdo Six in a concert featuring Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, Judith Weir, and Sarah Rimkus.

Performance Date: July 30, 2023

Klaus Mäkelä and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Walton’s choral symphony “Belshazzar’s Feast,” while Yuja Wang is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” The concert also features Thomas Hampson.

Performance Date: August 4, 2023

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha performs with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. The concert includes works by Copland and Hindemith bookended by Strauss’s Four Last Songs.

Performance Date: August 5, 2023

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort perform Mozart’s Mass in C minor with soloists including Lucy Crowe, Jess Dandy, and Nardus Williams. The concert also includes music by CPE Bach and JS Bach.

Performance Date: August 6, 2023

Robin Ticciati conducts Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” in a concert staging from the Glyndebourne Festival. The cast includes Sally Matthews, Katarina Dalayman, Golda Schultz, Karen Cargill, Florie Valiquette, Fiona Kimm, Paul Gay, Valentin Thill, Vincent Ordonneau, and Theodore Platt.

Performance Date: August 7, 2023

John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic perform Rachmaninov’s First Symphony. The concert also features Dame Sarah Connolly in songs by Alma Mahler-Werfel and Dora Pejačević.

Performance Date: August 9, 2023

Shimmering choral and orchestral music from one of the boldest musical voices of the 20th century, in a Prom inspired by music from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Jennifer France and Clare Presland are the soloists.

Performance Date: August 11, 2023

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and soprano Anna-Lena Elbert mark the 100th anniversary of György Ligeti with his “Mysteries of the Macabre.” Sir András Schiff is the soloist in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto before Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

Performance Date: August 13, 2023

György Kurtág’s “Endgame” makes its UK premiere with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. Frode Olsen, Morgan Moody, Hilary Summers, and Leonardo Cortellazzi star.

Performance Date: August 17, 2023

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Trinity Boys Choir, and mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlsted in Mahler’s Third Symphony.

Performance Date: August 19, 2023

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Schumann’s “Das Paradies und die Peri,” its first complete performance at the Proms. The soloists are Lucy Crowe, Jeanine De Bique, Magdalena Kožená, Andrew Staples, Linard Vrielink, and Florian Boesch.

Performance Date: August 22, 2023

Laurence Cummings directs the Academy of Ancient Music in Händel’s “Samson,” featuring soloists Allan Clayton and Jacquelyn Stucker. The ensemble also includes Joélle Harvey, Jess Dandy, Brindley Sherratt, and Jonathan Lemalu.

Performance Date: August 23, 2023

Counter-tenor Iestyn Davies joins period-instrument group The English Concert for two of Bach’s solo cantatas. The program also includes Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

Performance Date: August 25, 2023

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

Performance Date: August 27, 2023

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir in Berlioz’s “Les Trojans.” Laurence Kilsby, Rebecca Evans, Alex Rosen, Alice Coote, Michael Spyres, Paula Murrihy, Lionel Lhote, Adèle Charvet, and William Thomas are teh soloists.

Performance Date: Sept. 3, 2023

Raphaël Pichon and his ensemble Pygmalion present Mozart’s Requiem with soloists Erin Morley, Beth Taylor, Laurence Kilsby, and Alex Rosen.

Performance Date: Sept. 7, 2023

The BBC Singers and Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin perform works by contemporary composers, Joanna Marsh and Soumik Datta alongside by Danel-Lesur.

Performance Date: Sept. 7, 2023

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and soprano Lise Davidsen join conductor Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the Last Nigth at Proms. The concert includes music by Richard Strauss, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Max Bruch, James B. Wilson, Richard Wagner, Pietro Mascagni, Giuseppe Verdi, Emmerich Kálmán, Thomas Arne, and Edward Elgar, among others.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2023