Sonya Yoncheva, Cecilia Bartoli & Philippe Jaroussky Highlight Palau De La Musica’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Palau de La Musica has announced its 2019-20 season featuring guest performers, a number of choral pieces and all stars. Here is a break down of the operatic and vocal performances the season will offer.

The season opens with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge with the Jove de l’Orfeó Català in music by Wylkynson, Byrd, Britten, Lobo, Casals, Harvey, Weir, Villiers Stanford, Gibbons, Vaughan Williams, and Gershwin.

Performance Date: June 3, 2019

Puccini’s “La Bohème” will take the stage with soloists from the primera Acadèmia d’Òpera de la JONC, 2019 and the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya. David Selvas directs the performance with conductor Manel Valdivieso.

Performance Date: July 12, 2019

The Circa Ensemble, a contemporary circus with Yaron Lifschitz directing, and pianists Jordi Masó and Miquel Villalba (with a tenor to be announced) will perform music by Schubert, K. Lewis’ Music 1, Want, Too, CATT i Beaming, and Stravinsky’s La consagració de la primavera.

Performance Dates: July 23 & 24, 2019

Benjamin Appl and pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout perform Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” as well as other lieder by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Performance Date: Sept. 26, 2019

The choir Sant Esteve de Castellar del Vallès and choir Infantil de l’Orfeó Català,  alongside pianist Pau Casan, will perform B. Chilcott’s Mass and other spiritual works.

Performance Date: Sept. 28, 2019

The choir de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, pianist Jordi Armengol, and conductor Simon Halsey will play a program that includes music by Britten, Jonathan Dove, Rutter, and Elgar.

Performance Date: Sept. 29, 2019

Baritone Ferran Albrich and pianist Josep Surinyac join forces for an evening of music by Schubert, Toldrà, Beethoven, and Ravel. Pianist Jon Urdapilleta will also performs pieces by Scarlatti, Granados and Fall.

Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2019

Pianist Víctor Braojos is set to perform a program of pieces by Schubert, while soprano Irene Mas and pianist Marc Serra will perform music by Schubert, Poulenc, and Toldrà.

Performance Date: Oct. 17, 2019

Let the Peoples Sing Concert gala will feature finalists of the concurs Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Orfeó Català.

Performance Date: Oct. 12, 2019

Let the Peoples Sing Final of Concurs choral will feature an international jury.

Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2019

Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle perform works inspired by Shakespeare with music by Chausson, Stravinsky, Ravel, Brahms, Strauss, and Janáček. They are joined by violinists Giovanni Guzzo and Rahel Rilling, violists Amihai, cellist Dávid Adorján, flautist Kaspar Zehnder, and clarinetist Andrew Marriner.

Performance Dates: Oct. 18, 2019

The choir of Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and conductor Xavier Puig celebrate the 150 years of música coral Catalana with a program that includes music by Clavé, Millet, Nicolau, Morera, Pujol, Serra, Blancafort, Lamote de Grignon, Taltabull, Oltra, Guinovart (estrena), Vivancos, and Vila.

Performance Date: Nov. 17, 2019

Ricarda Merbeth, Olesya Petrova, and Steven Humes perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Choir Estatal de Letònia. The program also includes clarinetist Martin Fröst in Mozart’s Clarinet concert, the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

Performance Date: Dec. 11, 2019

Dàmaris Gelabert, the choir Petits de l’Orfeó Català and the choir Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català, alongside the orchestra Simfònica del Vallès and conductor Xavier Puig, join forces for a program that includes music from Dàmaris Gelabert.

Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2019

Jakub Józef Orlinski and Il Pomo d’Oro with Maxim Emelyanychev perform a program of early baroque works by Fago, Heinichen, Terradellas, Sarro, Feo, Zelenka, Hasse, Schiassi, and Durante.

Performance Date: Dec. 16, 2019

La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations and conductor Jordi Savall perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in two concerts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 17 & 18, 2019

Soprano Sara Blanch, the orchestra Simfònica del Vallès, and conductor Andrés Salado perform pieces by Strauss, Verdi, Bartók, Montsalvatge, Márquez, and Anderson.

Performance Date: Dec. 21 & 22, 2019

Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber perform a recital of Mahler’s Lieder.

Performance Date: Jan. 11, 2020

The choirs Petits, Mitjans and Infantil of l’Orfeó Català will perform the annual Concert de Nadal.

Performance Date: Jan. 12, 2020

Philippe Jaroussky and Jérôme Ducros present a program of Lieder by Schubert and Schumann.

Performance Date: Jan. 14, 2020

Sir Simon Rattle together with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orfeó Català perform Beethoven’s “Crist en el Mont de les Oliveres” and Symphony No. 7.

Performance Date: Jan. 21, 2020

Serena Sáenz, Toni Gubau, and Germán de la Riva wit conductor Esteve Nabona perform Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

Performance Date: Feb. 2, 2020

The Gospel Viu Choir will perform with conductor Moisès Sala in a program entitled Vida.

Performance Date: Feb. 3, 2020

Tenor David Alegret and pianist Albert Guinovart celebrate E. Toldrà’s 125th anniversary in a program of songs by the composer.

Performance Date: Feb. 4, 2020

María Espada and Carlos Mena perform Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” with Forma Antiqva and conductor Aarón Zapico. The program also includes music by Scarlatti and Porporra.

Performance Date: Feb. 7, 2020

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir with the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and 9.

Performance Date: Feb. 14, 2020

Tenor Mark Padmore and Trumpet player Pablo Hernández join forces for Britten’s Serenade for tenor and trumpet and orchestra,. The two are joined by the Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae and conductor Tomàs Grau. The program also include Shostakovitch’s Symphony No. 5.

Performance Date: Feb. 16, 2020

The Festa de la Música Coral will feature choirs from all over the world.

Performance Date: Feb. 23, 2020

“La Traviata” will be performed in a semi-staged production with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and conductor Xavier Puig.

Performance Date: Feb. 29, 2020

The Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català and the Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d’Andorra under the direction of Esteve Nabona will perform Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis and Missa brevis Sancti by Joannis de Deo.

Performance Date: March 8, 2020

The Orfeó Català, Coral Quòdlibet, and Orfeó Solsonès will perform a joint concert of choral pieces.

Performance Date: March 8, 2020

Núria Rial and Xavier Sabata join forces for an evening of Handel arias and music by Geminiani. The Vespres d’Arnadí accompanies the two singers with Dani Espasa conducting.

Performance Dates: March 14, 2020

The Collegium Vocale Gent and conductor Philippe Herreweghe perform Bach’s Passió segons sant Joan, BWV 245.

Performance Date: March 19, 2020

The Cor Lieder Càmera and Orchestra Simfònica Camera Musicae, under the direction of Salvador Mas, perform Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 and Mozart’s Grand Mass.

Performance Date: March 22, 2020

The Cor Petits de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català, and Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català perform Horovitz’s “El capità Noè” in a program which also features pianist Pau Casan.

Performance Date: March 29, 2020

Bach’s St Matthew Passion gets a performance with The Collegium Vocale Gent and conductor Philippe Herreweghe.

Performance Date: March 30, 2020

Sonya Yoncheva performs a recital with music by  Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Tosti. Pianist Antoine Palloc performs alongside the diva.

Performance Date: March 31, 2020

Joélle Harvey, Jeremy Ovenden, and Ashley Riches star in Haydn’s “The Stations” with the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Gabrieli Consort & Players, and conductor Paul McCreesh.

Performance Date: April 2, 2020

Cecilia Bartoli performs a program with music by Vivaldi with Les Musiciens du Prince and conductor Andrés Gabetta.

Performance Date: April 3, 2020

María Bayo joins forces with Vespres d’Arnadí, under the direction of Dani Espasa, for a program of Vivaldi, Händel, Scarlatti, and Pergoles.

Performance Date: April 4, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel leads a semi-staged version of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with Alberto Arvelo directing the production.

Performance Date: April 14, 2020

Núria Vilà, Marta Valero, David Alegret, and Toni Marsol, perform selections from Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Stabat Mater. Xavier Puig conducts the performance.

Performance Date: April 18, 2020

The Cors de la Federació Corals Joves de Catalunya, Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Orquestra del Conservatori del Liceu, and conductor Manel Valdivieso take on Händel’s Coronation anthems and Casañas’s “El Mirador.”

Performance Date: May 3, 2020

Núria Rial gives tribute to Josep Carner in a recital dedicated the poems of Carner. Francisco Poyato is the pianist in the recital.

Performance Date: May 4, 2020

The Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Vespres d’Arnadí, and conductor Xavier Puig perform works by Mozart, Terradellas, Julià, Duran, Martí, and Sole.

Performance Date: May 9, 2020

Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro perform a program entitled “My Favorite Things” with music by Monteverdi, Gluck, Händel, and Purcell

Performance Date: May 13, 2020

Philippe Jaroussky and Ensemble Artaserse take a journey through baroque music with pieces by Händel, Vivaldi, Caldara, and Porpora.

Performance Date: May 21, 2020

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and baritone Matthias Goerne join the Gran Teatre del Liceu orchestra with Josep Pons for a program of Schreker, Berg, Wagner and Strauss.

Performance Date: May 24, 2020

Montsalvatge’s “Cant espiritual” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 get performed with Marga Cloquell, Tànit Bono, Roger Padullés, Carles Pachón, the Orfeó Català, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, and conductor Xavier Puig.

Performance Date: May 30, 2020

Elena Copons and pianist Jordi Armengol offer a program of music by Rodrigo, Ros Marbà, Gerhard, Magrané, and Serra.

Performance Date: June 4, 2020

Carolyn Sampson, alongside Juan de la Rubia, perform Bach’s Quadern d’Anna Magdalena Bach.

Performance Date: June 11, 2020

Violinist Carolin Widmann takes on the music of Widmann, while the Orfeó Català gives the world premiere of Widmann’s Choral work. Jörg Widmann conducts his music and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Nacional de Catalunya.

Performance Date: June 12, 2020

Sopranos and contraltos of the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and conductor María Guinand take on a program of music from South American composers Alberto Grau and Astor Piazzolla. 

Performance Date: June 14, 2020

Carolyn Sampson joins the The Heath Quartet for music by Haydn, Schoenberg, and J. Widmann.

Performance Date: June 15, 2020

The Cors de l’Escola Coral de l’Orfeó Català will perform the Concert d’Estiu.

Performance Date: June 21, 2020

Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnifcat will be performed by the Orfeó Català and Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Cor de Noies de l’Orfeó Català, and conductor Simon Halsey.

Performance Date: June 28, 2020

The Banda Municipal de Barcelona, under the direction of José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana, perform “An Evening of Opera” with selections from “Lohengrin,” “La Boheme,” “Edgar,” “Rienzi,” and “I Vespri sicilianni.”

Performance Date: July 1, 2020

Serena Sáenz, Toni Gubau, and Germán de la Riva perform Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Cor Petits de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català, Cor Jove Amics de la Unió, pianists Josep Buforn and Pau Casan. Esteve Nabona conducts.

Performance Date: July 12, 2020