Vasily Petrenko, Bryn Terfel & Adela Zahria Lead Royal Liverpool’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has announced its 2020-21 season marking the final season for music director Vasily Petrenko.

For this article we will only focus on vocal performances.

Ian Tracey conducts the Spirit of Christmas concert with John Suchet as the present and baritone Thomas Weinhappel. The Royal Liverpool Choir and youth choir will also participate in an evening of Christmas music.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16-23, 2020

Andrew Manze conducts Handel’s “Messiah” with Lucy Crowe, Marianne Beate Kielland, Ed Lyon, and Andrew Foster-Williams.

Performance Date: Jan. 9, 2021

Adela Zaharia performs R. Strauss‘ “Six Brentano Songs” alongside Vasily Petrenko who also conducts works by Shosatkovich.

Performance Dates: Jan. 28 & 31, 2021

Vasily Petrenko and Sir Bryn Terfel join forces for an evening of Wagner. The program includes selections from “Das Rheingold,” “Die Walkure,” “Der Fliegende Hollander,” and “Die Meistersinger.”

Performance Date: March 20, 2021

Bach’s St. John’s Passion will be conducted by Jeannette Sorrell with soloists Carine Tinney, Daniel Moody, Gwilym Bowen, Roderick Williams, and Morgan Pearse.

Performance Date: April 1, 2021

Opera North stages a concert performance of Wagner’s “Parsifal” with Toby Spence in the title role, Katarina Karnéus, Brindley Sherratt, Eric Greene, and Robert Hayward.

Performance Date: May 27, 2021

Vasily Petrenko performs one of his final concerts as music director in Liverpool with Roderick Williams in a program that includes music by Brend Richard Deutsch, Zemlinsky, Stravinsky, and Webern.

Performance Date: July 8, 2021

Chamber Concerts 

Artist-in-residence Roderick Williams and pianist Christopher Glynn perform a Thomas Hardy Songbook with music by Britten, Bax, James Burton, Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney, and Hugh Wood.

Performance Date: Oct. 12, 2020

Jennifer Johnston and Geoffrey Paterson perform a recital with music by Tabakova, Britten, Kontou, Laidlow.

Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2020

VOCES8 sing a program entitled Sing Joyfully with music of Byrd, Rachmaniov, Cole, Berlin, Paulus, and Mendelssohn, among others.

Performance Date: Jan. 12, 2021

Nathalie Stutzmann and Inger Sodergren perform Schubert Lieder, and music by Faure, Debussy, and Chausson.

Performance Date: May 8, 2021