Mary Bevan, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Iestyn Davies Headline Handel + Haydn Society 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar

The Handel + Haydn Society has announced its 2020-21 season, which features a wide range of performances, including 10 company premieres. As always, our focus will be on performances of the operatic and vocal variety.

The season kicks off with a performance of Brahms’ “A German Requiem” featuring soprano Amanda Majeski and baritone Ryan McKinny. Conductor Harry Bicket will lead the performance, which will also feature the company premiere of Clara Schumann’s “Abendfeier in Venedit, Op. 19.”

Performance Dates: Sept. 25, 27, 2020

Soprano Amanda Forsythe, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Nicholas Phan, and baritone Tyler Duncan will appear in a concert entitled “Bach + Vivaldi Gloria.” Audiences will get a chance to experience Bach’s Orchestra Suite No. 1 BWV 1066, followed by C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, and Vivaldi’s “Gloria, RV 589.” Jonathan Cohen conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 23, 25, 2020

Reginald Mobley will lead “Every Voice,” which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-8, 2020

Handel’s “Messiah” will take the stage with soprano Carolyn Sampson, countertenor Iestyn Davies, tenor James Way, and bass-baritone Henry Waddington under the musical direction of Harry Christopher.s

Performance Dates: Nov. 27-29, 2020

To finish out the holiday season, the company will present Bach’s Cantatas I, II, and II, alongside the Christmas Oratorio.

Performance Dates: Dec. 17, 20, 2020 

Soprano Mary Bevan, mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Jeremy Budd, and baritone Sumner Thompson will lead a performance of Haydn’s “Theresienmesse.” Harry Christophers conducts a program that also includes Mozart’s Violin Concert No. 1 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, “Drum Roll.”

Performance Dates: Jan. 22, 24, 2021

Mozart’s Great Mass and “Miserere mei in C Minor” will be performed in a program that will also feature Schubert’s “Lacrimosa son io,” “Stabat Mater in G Minor,” “Hymnus an den Heiligen Geist,” and Zum Sanctus “Heilig, Heilig ist der Herr” from the Deutsche Messe. Audiences will also hear Bruckner’s “Christus factus est” and “Ave maria.” Raphaël Pichon conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 5, 7, 2021

Harry Christophers will lead a performance of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” in both Boston and New York.

Performance Dates: March 19-21, 2021

The season comes to a close with Haydn’s “The Creation,” featuring soprano Carolyn Sampson, tenor Robert Murray, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook.  Harry Christophers conducts.

Performance Dates: April 30, May 2, 2021