Olga Peretyatko, Rolando Villazón & Thomas Hampson Highlight Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Jiyang Chen/Rabovsky)

The Pierre Boulez Saal has announced its 2020-21 Season.

The German hall will present some of the greatest soloists in the world, including numerous great vocalists. For the purposes of this article, vocal performances will be highlighted.

Olga Peretyatko and pianist Elena Bashkirova perform a recital of Russian music by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.

Performance Date: Sept. 12, 2020

Bernarda Fink, Anthony Spiri, and Nils Mönkemeyer perform an evening of Schumann, Brahms, and Dvořák, as well as rarely heard works by Slovenian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Performance Date: Oct. 21, 2020

Mark Padmore joins pianist Julius Drake to perform Benjamin Britten’s musical adaptations of works by English poets John Donne and Thomas Hardy.

Performance Date: Nov. 6, 2020

Ildar Abdrazakov and Mzia Bachtouridze perform music by Mussorgsky and Shostakovich.

Performance Date: Nov. 12, 2020

Rolando Villazón reads excerpts from Mozart’s letters to close friends that provide equally profound and humorous insights into the composer’s personal life. The reading is accompanied by a selection of his violin sonatas, performed by Hugues Borsarello and Paul Montag.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2020

Rolando Villazón hosts a round of bingo with attractive prizes, accompanied by Mozart’s “Musical Joke.”

Performance Date: Dec. 6, 2020

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin performs a selection of Mozart’s serenades and divertimenti as well as two concert arias, with soprano Mojca Erdmann.

Performance Date: Dec. 6, 2020

Ekaterina Semenchuk and Semion Skigin’s song recital spotlights Glinka and Mussorgsky.

Performance Date: Dec. 17, 2020

Holger Falk and Julius Drake perform Schumann’s Kerner Songs and music by Eisler, Ullmann, and Hauer.

Performance Date: Jan. 8, 2021. 

Thomas Hampson opens Schubert Week with Wolfram Rieger performing the composer’s final songs, known as “Schwanengesang.”

Performance Date: Jan. 18, 2021

On three evenings during the Schubert Week, the Pierre Boulez Saal will welcome young singers to perform Schubert songs.

Performance Dates: Jan. 19-21, 2021

Schubert Week will include a two-day public workshop with students of the Liedakademie of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, led by Thomas Hampson. The young singers and pianists will present the results of their work in a concert on Saturday afternoon.

Performance Dates: Jan. 22-23, 2021

Manuel Walser and pianist Jonathan Ware perform during the final weekend of Schubert Week.

Performance Date: Jan. 22, 2021

Ema Nikolovska presents a recital alongside Wolfram Rieger in music by Schubert.

Performance Date: Jan. 23, 2021

Katharina Konradi makes her Pierre Boulez Saal debut performing Schubert’s “Mignon Songs” with Eric Schneider.

Performance Date: Jan. 24, 2021

Jake Arditti joins the Arditti Quartet in music by Hilda Paredes, Salvatore Sciarrino, James Dillon, and Hans Werner Henze.

Performance Date: Feb. 24, 2021

Bogdan Volkov and Pavel Nebolsin perform songs by Tchaikovsky and Desyatnikov.

Performance Date: Feb. 26, 2021

Christoph Prégardien and Julius Drake perform an evening of music by Beethoven, Schubert, Wolf, and Grieg inspired by the writings of Goethe. The showcase will also feature actors reading his poems.

Performance Date: April 10, 2021

The Berlin Staatskapelle String Quartet and soprano Sarah Aristidou perform a program entitled “Ophelia’s Songs.”

Performance Date: April 11, 2021

Zubin Mehta, Mojca Erdmann, and the Boulez Ensemble reunite to perform George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children” in a program that also includes music by Mozart and Stravinsky.

Performance Date: May 16, 2021

Ian Bostridge performs Schubert’s “Winterreise” alongside Sir Antonio Pappano.

Performance Date: June 15, 2021