Magdalena Kožená, Camilla Nylund & Christian Gerhaher Highlight Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of vocal performances.

For this article we will focus on the vocal highlights of the season.

Stéphane Denève conducts Christian Gerhaher in a program with music by Berlioz, Roussel, and Ravel.

Performance Dates: Oct. 8 & 9, 2020

John Adams‘ “Harmonium” for choir and orchestra is set to be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The concert also includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 D Major “Titan.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 23-25, 2020

Oksana Lyniv conducts Christine Goerke in excerpts fromGötterdämmerung.” The program also includes Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19 & 20, 2020

The orchestra goes on tour with Camilla Nylund and Esa-Pekka Salonen to Japan featuring concerts with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1,

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 8, 2020

Bruckner’s “Te Deum” is set to be performed by Julia Lezhneva, Christina Gansch, Tilman Lichdi, and Christian Immler. The program also features Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2. Herbert Blomstedt conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 18 & 19, 2020

Zubin Mehta conducts the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks in a Stravinsky and Dvořák program.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14 & 15, 2021

Christian Gerhaher performs Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with conductor Robin Ticciati. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s “Isle of the Dead” and Stravinsky’s “L’oiseau de feu.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 4 & 5, 2021

Franz Welser-Möst conducts Simon Keenlyside in Sibelius lieder. The program also includes the Bruckner Symphony No. 9.

Performance Dates: Feb. 18 & 19, 2021

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Magdalena Kožená, Kate Howden, and Makeda Monnet in Ligeti’s “Requiem,” Adámek’s “Where are you ?,” Song Cycle for Mezzo-soprano, and Kurtág’s “Stele” for Orchestra.

Performance Date: March 6, 2021

Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castleand Eötvös’ “Senza Sangue” will be featured in a double bill starring Viktoria Vizin, Krisztián Cser, and Russell Braun. Peter Eötvös conducts.

Performance Dates: April 29 & 30, 2021

The orchestra goes on tour with Jakub Hrůša, Gerhild Romberger, Emanuel Ax, and Pueri Gaudentes performing Mahler, Beethoven, and Brahms. The tour will include Vienna, Prague, Leipzig, and Dresden. There will also be concerts in Munich before the tour.

Performance Dates: May 13-21, 2021

Sir. John Elliot Gardner conducts a five act version of Verdi’s Don Carlos.” Cast to be announced.

Performance Dates: June 18 & 20, 2021