Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Alice Coote, Matthias Goerne Headline Riga Jurmala Music Festival

By David Salazar

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival has announced its 2021 program, which will include 20 performances.

“Like in previous editions of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, our 2021 program promises to be exceptional for a number of reasons. Of course, we are extremely grateful to the many artists who were willing to reconfirm their previously announced performances and they will join a stellar artistic lineup which we have been planning since the festival’s inaugural year. We will also continue to collaborate with these exceptional artists for the Festival’s education initiative, the Riga Jurmala Academy, which was successfully transformed this summer into an online program,” Martin T:son Engstroem, Artistic Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, stated in a press release.

For the purpose of this article, our focus will be primarily on vocal and operatic performances only.

The King’s Singers will perform a concert entitled “Finding Harmony.”

Performance Date: July 17, 2021

 Baritone Matthias Goerne will join forces with pianist Vikingur Ólaffson to perform music by Schubert, Brahms, and Schumann.

Performance Date: July 17, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote performs alongside Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring music by Britten, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky.

Performance Date: August 20, 2021

Superstar soprano Renée Fleming performs alongside the Concertgebouworkest and conductor Daniel Harding in a program of music by Debussy, Messiaen, and Stravinsky.

Performance Date: August 28, 2021

The festival comes to a close with a concert featuring bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and pianist Annabel Thwaite as they take on music by Schubert, Schumann, Keel, and others.

Performance Date: August 29, 2021