Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Announces 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has announced its 2019-20 season. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on vocal performances.

Kicking off the 2019-20 season is “James Gaffigan Leads Debussy and Roussel, to be held in the Royal Concert Hall’s Large Hall. James Gaffigan will conduct the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in an evening of French works of exotic influence. Three soloists will be featured alongside the Groot Omroepkoor: alto Cécile van de Sant, tenor Alessandro Fisher, and baritone Jean-Luc Ballestra. The program is set to include Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Roussel’s Evocations.

Performance Date: Sept. 22, 2019.

Next in the lineup is “Groot Omroepkoor Sings Stravinsky’s Psalm Symphony,” also to be held in the Large Hall. Peter Dijkstra will conduct the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The program will include Stravinsky’s Psalm Symphony, as well as Poulenc’s Gloria and Fauré’s Pavane.

Performance Date: Nov. 10, 2019.

Irish tenor Robin Tritschler will be featured in “Robin Tritschler Sings Schubert’s Mayrhofer Songs.” He will be accompanied by pianist Jonathan Ware in the Royal Concert Hall’s Small Hall. Works by Schubert will include Fahrt zum Hades, D 526; Der entsühnte Orest, D 699; Der zürnenden Diana, D 707; Nachtstück, D 672; Memnon, D 541; Philoktet, D 540; Atys, D 585; Orest auf Tauris, D 548; Der Alpenjäger, op. 13, nr. 3; Abendstern, D 806; and Auflösung, D 807. Rounding out the program are Caplet’s “Le loup et l’agneau” from “Trois fables de Jean de la Fontaine,” Honegger’s “Petits cours de morale,” Chabrier’s “Villanelle des petits canards,” and Hageman’s “Into The Silent Land” and “Miranda.”

Performance Date: Dec. 1, 2019.

Celebrate the holidays during “Christmas With Mozart, Mendelssohn & Groot Omroepkoor” in the Large Hall. Jan Willem de Vriend will conduct the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. To be featured vocally are soprano Ruby Hughes, alto Beth Taylor, tenor Caspar Singh, and basses Henning von Schulman and Henk Neven. The program will include two works by Mozart, Adagio en Fuga in C, KV 546 and Mis in C, KV 317 “Krönungsmesse,” along with Mendelssohn’s Christus, Op. 97.

Performance Date: Dec. 22, 2019.

“Groot Omroepkoor Sings Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem,” led by Peter Dijkstra, will be held in the Large Hall. Soloists will include soprano Sarah Brady and baritone Sebastian Wartig. Also to be featured are pianists Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens. The evening will consist of a performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45.

Performance Date: Feb. 16, 2020.

The season will conclude with “Mahler Festival: Julius Drake, Fleur Barron and James Newby” in the Small Hall. Pianist Julius Drake will accompany mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron and baritone James Newby in an all-Mahler program including Im Lenz, nr. 1 (from ‘Lieder’); Maitanz im Grünen, nr. 3 (from ‘Lieder’); Winterlied, nr. 2 (from ‘Lieder’); Frühlingsmorgen, nr. 1 (from ‘Lieder und Gesänge’); Erinnerung, nr. 2 (from ‘Lieder und Gesänge’); Hans und Grethe, nr. 3 (from ‘Lieder und Gesänge’); Serenade aus Don Juan, nr. 4 (from ‘Lieder und Gesänge’); Phantasie aus Don Juan, nr. 5 (from ‘Lieder und Gesänge’); Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; and Rückert-Lieder.

Performance Date: May 10, 2020.