Natalie Dessay, Diana Damrau & Marina Rebeka Lead Konzerthaus Dortmund’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Sony Classical/Baden-Baden/Tatiana Vlasova)

The Konzerthaus Dortmund in Germany has unveiled its 2020-21 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal or operatic performances.

The season opens with Haydn’s “Die Schöpfung” with soloists Robin Johannsen, David Fischer, and Florian Boesch. The Collegium Vocale Gent and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is led by Philippe Herreweghe.

Performance Date: Sept. 3, 2020

Gabriel Feltz Dirigent conducts the solistenensemble, Tschechischer Philharmonischer Chor Brünn, Chöre der Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund, and Dortmunder Philharmoniker in Orff’s Carmina Burana. The concert also includes music by Mozart and Szymanowski.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8 & 9, 2020

Carolina Ullrich, Ingeborg Danz, Patrick Grahl, and Thomas E. Bauer perform in a concert version of Mendelssohn’s “Elias.”

Performance Date: Sept. 18, 2020

Lise Davidsen and James Baillieu perform a recital of music by Brahms, Schumann, Strauss, and Grieg.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29, 2020

Heike Susanne Daum, Stephan Scherpe, and Jens Hamann perform Haydn’s “Die Schöpfung” alongside Jugendkonzertchor der Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund and Ensemble Reflektor under the direction of Felix Heitmann.

Performance Date: Oct. 12, 2020

Cecilia Bartoli performs alongside Les Musiciens du Prince and Gianluca Capuano in a concert of baroque and bel canto music.

Performance Date: Nov. 27, 2020

Händel’s “Messiah” is set to be performed by Anna Prohaska, Alex Potter, Ilker Arcayürek, and Nikolay Borchev.  Martin Lehmann conducts the Windsbacher Knabenchor and La Folia Barockorchester.

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2020

Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé perform a recital entitled Kings and Queens with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the direction of Ivan Repušić. The concert will include arias from Rossini’s “Semiramide,” Thomas’ “Hamlet” and “Mignon,” Massenet’s “Hérodiade,” Gounod’s “La reine de Saba,” Verdi’s “Macbeth” and “Don Carlos,” Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” and “Anna Bolena,” Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and Bellini’s “Norma.”

Performance Date: Dec. 11, 2020

Magdalene Harer, Annekathrin Laabs, Tilman Lichdi, and Jens Hamann perform Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the  Jugendkonzertchor der Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund and Bochumer Symphoniker under the direction of Felix Heitmann.

Performance Date: Dec. 22, 2020

George Benjamin’s acclaimed “Lessons in Love and Violence” makes its Dortmund premiere in a concert performance starring Evan Hughes, Gyula Orendt, Georgia Jarman, Paul Curievici, and Samuel Boden Young. George Benjamin conducts the semi-staged production by Dan Ayling.

Performance Date: Jan. 16, 2021

Céline Scheen and Valer Sabadus perform alongside L’Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar in all baroque program.

Performance Date: Jan. 17, 2021

Katharina Konradi and Michael Nagy perform Brahms’ Deutsche Requiem with the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and Solisten, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble. Thomas Hengelbrock conducts the program which also includes Schreker’s Psalm 116.

Performance Date: Feb. 6, 2021

James Newby , Diana Tishchenko, Cristina Gómez Godoy, Jess Gillam, Vanessa Porter, and Aris Quartett join forces fro a rising stars concert. 

Performance Date: Feb. 13, 2021

Julian Prégardien and Martin Helmchen perform a recital of music by Schubert and Beethoven.

Performance Date: Feb. 21, 2021

Philippe Jaroussky gives a masterclass.

Performance Date: March 12, 2021

Alessandro Scarlatti “Il primo omicidio” is directed by Philippe Jaroussky with Bruno de Sá, Christophe Dumaux, Sandrine Piau, Kresimir Spicer, Yannis François, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian.

Performance Date: March 13, 2021

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Matteo Lippi, Simone Piazzola, Bongiwe Nakani, and Harriet Eyley perform Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera alongside the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Performance Date: March 14, 2021

Philippe Jaroussky and Raphael von Hoensbroech perform a salon music concert.

Performance Date: March 15, 2021

Philippe Jaroussky and Ensemble Artaserse perform works by Vivaldi and Handel.

Performance Date: March 16, 2021

Natalie Dessay and Neïma Naouri perform a Broadway classics recital with music by Bernstein, Legrand, Sinatra, and Ellington, among others.

Performance Date: March 18, 2021

DJ Chloé and Philippe Jaroussky are joined by Special Guest in an evening of experimentation in music.

Performance Date: March 19, 2021

Philippe Jaroussky alongside friends of the Studierende der Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky, Geneviève Laurenceau, Christian-Pierre La Marca, and David Kadouch.

Performance Date: March 19, 2021

Anna Lucia Richter and the Schumann Quartett perform an evening of Schumann, Clara Schumann, Brahms and Reimann.

Performance Date: March 24, 2021

Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion is set to be performed by Hana Blažíková, Maïlys de Villoutreys, Lucile Richardot, Tim Mead, Robin Tritschler, Thomas Hobbs, Christian Immler, Julian Prégardien, and Stéphane Degout with Ensemble Pygmalion and conductor Raphaël Pichon.

Performance Date: March 28, 2021

Teodor Currentzis leads the SWR Symphonieorchester in Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with Stephen Gould as the soloist.

Performance Date: March 31, 2021

Marie Karall performs the title role in Saint-Saëns’ “Frédégonde” alongside Anna Sohn, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Gabriel Feltz.

Performance Date: April 16, 2021

Gabriel Feltz conducts the Dortmunder Philharmoniker in Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” with soloists Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa and Bálint Szabó. Pianist Lukáš Vondráček also plays Rachmaninoff’s Concert No.2.

Performance Dates: April 20 & 21, 2021

Lavinia Dames performs an all-Mozart program with the Jugendkonzertchor der Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund, Felix Heitmann Einstudierung, and Dortmunder Philharmoniker with conductor Gabriel Feltz.

Performance Date: April 25, 2021

Pretty Yende and Xabier Anduaga join forces for a concert of arias by Rossini and Donizetti. They are joined by the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.

Performance Date: May 16, 2021

Joseph Calleja sings an ode to Mario Lanza with the WDR Funkhausorchester and conductor Rumon Gamba.

Performance Date: May 30, 2021

The Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Risto Joost perform Mendelssohn’s “Ein Sommernachtstraum” and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto alonsgide soloists Lavinia Dames, Alexandra Yangel and violinits Alexander Prushinskiy.

Performance Date: June 8 & 9, 2021

Marian Rebeka sings Bellini’s Il Pirata with Dmitry Korchak and Franco Vassallo. Friedrich Haider conducts the WDR Rundfunkchor and WDR Funkhausorchester.

Performance Date: June 13, 2021

Matthias Goerne and Seong-Jin Cho perform a recital of music by Wolf, Pfitzner, Wagner, and Strauss.

Performance Date: June 19, 2021