Matthias Goerne, Olga Peretyatko & Antonio Pappano Highlight Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has announced its 2019-20 season. For the purposes of this article, we will focus primarily on vocal performances.

The season will open with a concert led by Frank-Steffen Elster featuring the GewandhausJugendchor. They will perform works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Fanny Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Performance Date: Sept. 15, 2019

Elster will lead the GewandhausJugendchor, and Tigran Hekekyan will lead the Little Singer of Armenia, alongside pianist Walter Zoller in an intercultural concert.

Performance Date: Sept. 29, 2019

Soprano Gesine Adler, alto Marie Henriette Reinhold, tenor Patrick Grahl, and bass Daniel Ochoa will be featured in a performance of Mendelssohn’s “Paulus” Op. 36 MWV A14 alongside the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig, Leipzig Singt, and GewandhausChor, led by Gregor Meyer.

Performance Date: Oct. 6, 2019

Alto Inga Jägger will perform works by Galina Ustwolskaja, Hanns Eisler, and Gregor Forbes as part of the Musica Nova series. She will be joined by Ensemble Avantgarde and pianist/moderator/director Steffen Schleiermacher.

Performance Date: Oct. 16, 2019

A performance of Adolf Bernhard Marx’s “Moses” Oratorio will feature sopranos Johanna Knauth and Julia Sophie Wagner, alto Henriette Godde, tenors Florian Sievers and Tobias Hunger, baritones Felix Schwandtke and Tobias Ay, bass Daniel Ochoa, the GewandhausChor, and Camerata Lipsiensis.

Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2019

Baritone Klaus Mertens will perform with organist Michael Schönheit in a program featuring works by Grandi, Kerll, Schütz, Bach, Stolzel, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Dvořák, Reger, and Brahms.

Performance Date: Nov. 20, 2019

Baritone Matthias Goerne will appear with the Gewandhausorchester, under the baton of Lahav Shani. The program will include Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question,” Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, Gruber’s Manhattan Broadcasts for Chamber Orchestra, and Weill’s Symphony No. 2.

Performance Dates: Nov. 21 & 22, 2019

Get into the holiday spirit with the GewandhausKinderchor and Nachwuchschor’s performance of “Vorfreude, schönste Freude,” featuring pianist Walter Zoller and the Mendelssohn-Quartet Leipzig.

Performance Dates: Dec. 7 & 8, 2019

Continue the season of joy with performances of Bach’s Cantata “Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10” and Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248). Featured performers will include sopranos Hannah Morrison and Viola Blache, altos Susanne Krumbiegel and David Erler, tenors Wolfram Lattke and Daniel Johannsen, and basses Tobias Berndt and Martin Schicketanz alongside the Gerwandhausorchester, Thomanerchor Leipzig, GewandhausChor and Camerata Lipsiensis. Gotthold Schwartz will conduct.

Performance Date: Dec. 13 – 15, 2019

The GewandhausChor, GewandhausKinderchor, and GewandhausJugendchor will perform “Freut euch und jubiliert” alongside organist Michael Schönheit, pianist Walter Zoller, guitarist Antje Zoller, and the Gewandhaus Brass Quintet.

Performance Date: Dec. 22, 2019

Elster will lead the GewandhausKinderchor in a performance of Lothar Thomalla’s “Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte” (“A Christmas Story”) featuring narrator Kim Engelhardt and the Din A4 String Quartet.

Performance Date: Dec. 24, 2019

Sopranos Gesine Adler and Elisabeth Mucksch, alto Marie Henriette Reinhold, tenors Martin Petzold and Ingol Seidel, and bass Dirk Schmidt will perform alongside the Collegium Vocal Leipzigm Merseburger Hofmusik, and organist/director Michael Schönheit. The program will feature works by Buxtehude, Praetorius, Schütz, and Bach.

Performance Date: Dec. 26, 2019

Daniele Gatti will lead performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D-minor, Op. 125. Featured vocalists will include soprano Olga Peretyatko, mezzo-soprano Natascha Petrinsky, tenor Pavel Černoch, and bass-baritone Matthias Goerne. They will be joined by the Gewandhausorchester, GerandhausChor, GewandhausKinderchor, and Chor der Oper Leipzig. On Jan.1, the ensemble will perform Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Op. 42 MWV A 15.

Performance Dates: Dec. 29, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020

Soprano Julia Sophie Wagner will be featured alongside saxophonist Annegret Tully, flutist Ralf Mielke, clarinetist Matthias Kreher, violinist Andreas Seidel, pianist Steffen Scheiermacher, and Ensemble Avantgarde in a performance of chamber music and Lieder by Paul Dessau as part of the Musica Nova series.

Performance Date: Jan. 29, 2020

Soprano Hila Baggio and the Jerusalem Quartet will perform works by Erwin Schulhoff, Leonid Desjatnikov, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Performance Date: Feb. 16, 2020

Andres Orozco-Estrada will lead a performances of two works by Mendelssohn, Concert Overture “Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt” in D-major, Op. 27 MWV P 5 and Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60 MWV D 3, and two works by Beethoven, “Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt” for Choir and Orchestra, Op. 112 and Fantasy in C-minor, Op. 80. Featured vocalists will include alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl, tenor Steve Davislim, and baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann. They will be joined by the Gewandhausorchester and pianist Alexander Melnikov.

Performance Dates: Feb. 27 & 28, 2020

Organist Michael Schönheit will join the GewandhausChor in a program of works by J.S. Bach, Nicolaus Vetter’s Partita sopra “Jesu, meine Freude,” and Johann Schelle’s “Komm, Jesu, komm.”

Performance Date: Mar. 14, 2020

The GewanhausJugendchor will present Songs and Poems of Anfang and Aufbruch, featuring speaker Axel Thielmann.

Performance Date: Mar. 19, 2020

A performance of Bach’s Messe in B-minor, BWV 232 will feature sopranos Gerlinde Sämann and Britta Schwarz, alto Marie Henriette Reinhold, tenor Falk Hoffmann, and bass Henryk Bohm alongside the Collegium Vocale Leipzig and Merseburger Hofmusik.

Performance Date: Mar. 21, 2020

The GewandhausChor, along with soloists and instrumentalists, will perform Daniel Beilschmidt’s “Deine Nacht.”

Performance Date: Mar. 28, 2020

Matthias Goerne returns, alongside pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, to perform Beethoven’s “An die ferne Geliebte,” Op. 98 and Schubert’s “Schwanengesang,” D 957.

Performance Date: Mar. 29, 2020

Gotthold Schwarz will lead Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 featuring soprano Mojca Erdmann, alto Elvira Bill, tenors Benjamin Bruns and Tobias Hunger, and basses Stephan Genz and Henryk Bohm alongside the Gewandhausorchester and Thomanerchor Leipzig.

Performance Dates: Apr. 9 & 10

Sopranos Gesine Adler and Elisabeth Mucksch, alto Marie Henriette Reinhold, tenor Christopher Pfaller, and bass Dirk Schmidt will perform alongside Blaser-Collegium Leipzig, members of the Merseburger Hofmusik, and organist/director Michael Schönheit. The program will include Buxtehude’s Passions-Oratorium “Membra Jesu nostri,” WV 75, and several works by Bach.

Performance Dates: Apr. 11, 2020

Soprano Julia Sophie Wagner returns to perform Lieder of Charles Ives, alongside Steffen Schleiermacher and Ensemble Avantgarde.

Performance Dates: Apr. 15, 2020

Sir Antonio Pappano will conduct Liszt’s Concert No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra in A-major, S 125 and “Eine Faust-Sinfonie in drei Charakterbildern,” S 108, featuring tenor Brenden Gunnell and pianist Seong-Jin Cho alongside the Gewandhausorchester and Herren des GewandhausChores.

Performance Dates: Apr. 23 & 24, 2020

Julia Sophie Wagner and baritone Thomas Stimmel will perform music for children by R. Schumann and Schubert, with pianist Eric Schneider.

Performance Dates: Apr. 25, 2020

Baritone Tobias Berndt will be joined by pianist Alexander Fleischer and the GewandhausChor for a performance of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, D. 911 for voice, piano and choir, set to the poems of Wilhelm Müller.

Performance Dates: May 29, 2020

Bass Gotthold Schwarz will perform works by Bach and Max Reger alongside organist Michael Schönheit.

Performance Date: Jun. 13, 2020

Meyer will lead the GewandhausChor in a performance of works by Eisler, Schleiermacher, and Ives. They will be joined by percussionists Stefan Stopora and Winfrid Nitzsche, and pianist/moderator Steffen Schleiermacher.

Performance Dates: Jun. 17, 2020

The GewandhausKinderchor will present “Music is the Most Beautiful Creation of the Human Soul” from the Theresienstadt Diary of Helga Pollak, alongside pianist Walter Zoller and instrumentalists, with concept by Hannelore Brenner and direction by Olek Witt.

Performance Dates: Jun. 20, 2020

Andris Nelsons will conduct outdoor performances of orchestra works and highlights from operettas of Johann Strauss II and Franz Lehar. Soprano Olga Peretyatko and tenor Pavol Breslik will be featured alongside the Gewandhausorchester. Malte Arkona will moderate the event.

Performance Dates: Jun. 26 & 27