Susan Graham, Angel Blue, Tamara Wilson Among Major Stars of Tanglewood 2020 Season

By David Salazar

Tanglewood has announced its 2020 slate, which is, as per usual, filled with some of the most recognized artists on the planet. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on opera related programming.

Angel Blue will make her company debut in the Opening Night at Tanglewood concert alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Ken-David Masur. She will perform Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” The program will also feature music of Schuman, Sierra, and Gershwin’s American in Paris. Saxophonist James Carter will also star.

Performance Date: July 3, 2020

Maestro Andris Nelsons will lead the BSO in performances of music by Debussy, Mozart, Adolphe, and Poulenc. Soprano Nicole Cabell, pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also perform.

Performance Date: July 10, 2020

Andris Nelsons will lead a performance of the third Act of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser,” as well as the Overture and Venusburg music from that same opera. Soloists will include Sara Jakubiak, Marina Prudenskaya, Christopher Ventris, and Michael Nagy.

Performance Date: July 11, 2020

Soprano Julie Fuchs will perform Beethoven’s concert aria “Ah! Perfido,” alongside Les Siècles and conductor François-Xavier Roth. The concert will also feature Beethoven’s third symphony and Gossec’s Symphonie à 17 parties.

Performance Date: July 22, 2020

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform the world premiere of Richard Danielpour and Rita Dove’s “A Witness Standing.” The concert will also feature music of Copland and Jalbert.

Performance Date: July 30, 2020

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen will perform Barber’s “Prayers of Kierkegaard” alongside the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO, which will also perform Dvorak’s Cello Concert in B Minor, with Yo-Yo Ma as the soloist.

Performance Date: August 2, 2020

Audiences will get a chance to see the Festival of Contemporary Music – Vocal Music, which will showcase music of Birtwistle, Golijov, Weir, Maw, Kurtág, and Bermel.

Performance Date: August 9, 2020

Soprano Sophia Burgos and baritone John Brancy will perform music of Gandolfi with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. The concert will also feature music of Carter and Mendelssohn.

Performance Date: August 12, 2020

Weill’s “The Firebrand of Florence” will showcase baritone Jesse Blumberg, soprano Chelsea Basler, soprano Susan Consoli, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb, baritone David Kravitz, and Chris Voss as the narrator.

Performance Date: August 20, 2020

Sir Mark Elder will lead a performance of Berlioz’s “Requiem” with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Performance Date: August 22, 2020

Tamara Mumford and Tamara Wilson will be two of the soloists in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the music direction of Christoph von Dohnányi. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also perform Brahms “Geistliches Lied und Fest.”

Performance Date: August 23, 2020