Marlis Petersen, Elina Garanca & Diana Damrau Headline Berlin Philharmonic’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Berlin Philharmonic has announced its 2019-2020 season featuring numerous guests including Marlis Petersen as the Artist in Residence. Here is a look at the starry Lineup.

The season opens with Kirill Petrenko conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulman, and Benjamin Bruns. The concert will also include Alban Berg’s “Lulu Suite.”

Performance Dates: August 23-31, 2019

John Eliot Gardiner conducts “Benvenuto Cellini” starring Michael Spyres, Sophia Burgos, Matthew Rose, Adèle Charvet, Tareq Nazmi, Krystian Adam, and Lionel Lhote.

Performance Date: August 31, 2019

Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten” gets a concert performance with Ricarda Merbeth, Torsten Kerl, Anne Schwanewilms, Thomas J. Mayer, and Ildikó Komlósi. Vladimir Jurowski conducts. 

Performance Date: Sept. 1, 2019

Georg Nigl and pianist Olga Pashchenko present a recital of works by Schubert, Beethoven and Rihm.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2019

Sir Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan team up for a concert that includes works by Hans Abrahamsen and Olivier Messiaen.

Performance Dates: Sept. 11, 2019

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Yuko Kakuta perform a recital with music by Helmut Lachenmann and Schubert.

Performance Date: Sept. 12, 2019

Daniel Harding conducts Berlioz’s “Roméo et Juliette” with Kate Lindsey, Andrew Staple, and Shenyang.

Performance Dates: Sept. 12-14, 2019

Alice Coote, Susan Graham, and Klaus Florian Vogt will perform in a concert with music by Beethoven and Berlioz. The concert will be conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Performance Dates: Sept. 17, 2019

Susanna Mälkki conducts flautist Emmanuel Pahud and soprano Juliet Fraser in a program of works by Olga Neuwirth and Gérard Grisey.

Performance Dates: Sept. 18, 2019

Sally Matthews sings the title role in Dvorak’s “Rusalka” with Pavol Breslik, Alexander Roslavets, and Patricia Bardon. Robin Ticciati conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 19, 2019

Marlis Petersen and pianist Camilo Radicke perform a recital of works by Hans Pfitzner, Grieg, Hermann Reutter, Carl Loewe, Christian Sinding, Harald Genzmer, Max Reger, Bruno Walter, Nikolaj Medtner, Julius Weismann, Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Friedrich Gulda, Franz Schreker, Herman Zumpe, Alexander Zemlinsky, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Aarre Merikanto, Yrjö Kilpine, and Sigvaldi Kaldalóns.

Performance Date: Sept. 19, 2019 

Conductor and pianist Adam Fischer and Julia Lezhneva perform a concert of music by Mozart and Haydn.

Performance Dates: Oct. 3-5, 2019

Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Lucy Crowe and Florian Sempey in a program of arias and works by Purcell and Händel.

Performance Dates: Oct. 17-19, 2019

Cornelius Meister conducts Vera-Lotte Boecker and Johannes Kammler in a program of works by Wagner, Friedrich Goldmann, Hans Werner Henze, Ernst Toch and Beethoven.

Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2019

Cecilia Bartoli joins Les Musiciens du Prince with Gianluca Capuano for an evening of baroque music. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 25, 2019

Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Marie Perbost, Samuel Boden, Zachary Wilder, and Victor Sicard in a concert of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, and André Campra.

Performance Dates: Nov. 27, 2019

Verdi’s Requiem is conducted by Teodor Currentzis and is set to star Zarina Abaeva, Clémentine Margaine, and Evgeny Stavinsk.

Performance Dates: Nov. 29-30, 2019

Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe team up for an evening of music by Strauss.

Performance Dates: Dec. 5-7, 2019

Jakub Hrůša and Stephanie d’Oustrac perform an evening of music by Miloslav Kabelác, Antonín Dvořák, Hector Berlioz and Béla Bartók.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12-14, 2019

Daniel Harding conducts Frank Peter Zimmermann in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Christian Gerhaher in Mahler’s “Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 19-21, 2019

Diana Damrau and Kirill Petrenko celebrate the New Year in the Berlin Philharmonic’s silver gala. The program will include music by Cole Porter, Carl Loewe, Kurt Weill, Bernstein, and Gerswhin.

Performance Dates: Dec. 29-31, 2019

Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” gets a performance with Kirill Petrenko conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 1-4, 2020

Elīna Garanča and Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Damen des Rundfunkchors Berlin.

Performance Dates: Feb. 27-29, 2020

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Strauss’ Concerto for Clarinet with Jonathan Kelly and Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge, Oratorium with Iwona Sobotka, Benjamin Bruns, and David Soar.

Performance Dates: March 5-7, 2020

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart in Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia für acht Stimmen und Orchester and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Performance Dates: March 12-14, 2020

La Voce Strumentale and Dmitry Sinkovsky join Julia Lezhneva in a program of baroque works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Nicola Porpora, Carl Heinrich Graun, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Adolf Hasse and Georg Friedrich Händel.

Performance Date: April 3, 2020

Matthew Polezani and Marlis Petersen perform Beethoven’s “Fidelio” as part of the Baden Baden Festival with Kirill Petrenko conducting. The cast also inlcudes Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Peter Rose, Wolfgang Koch, Tareq Nazmi, and Paul Schweinester. The opera will also be performed at the Philharmonic Hall.

Performance Dates: April 4-19, 2020

Christiane Karg and Elisabeth Kulman perform Mahler’s “Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Friedrich Rückert” with Kirill Petrenko conducting. The program also includes Amihai Grosz performing Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. The program will be performed during a tour to Tel Aviv, Budapest Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Luxembourg. Amihai Grosz only performs the May 1 performance.

Performance Dates: May 1-15, 2020

Berliner Barock Solisten, Reinhard Goebel, Benjamin Appl, and Christoph Hartmann join forces for music by Johann Bernhard Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Monsieur Bach de Berlin, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Performance Dates: May 19, 2020

The Stipendiaten der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor Zoi Tsokanou, and Marlis Petersen perform a program that includes music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ernst Krenek, Arnold Schönberg, Manfred Trojahn, and Walter Braunfels.

Performance Dates: May 26, 2020

Marlis Petersen joins the Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker and pianist Stephan Matthias Lademannfor an evening of works by Karl Weigl, Schubert, and Theodor Kirchner.

Performance Date: June 9, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel closes out the season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Soloists to be determined.

Performance Dates: June 11-13, 2020