Xabier Anduaga, Jeanine Tesori, Susanna Phillips Headline Mostly Mozart 2020

By David Salazar

The Mostly Mozart Festival has announced its 2020 festival. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal performances.

The season kicks off with “Divine Connection,” a world premiere staging of Mozart’s Requiem and works by Arvo Pärt. The performance will feature Sunhae Im, Daniela Mack, Matthew Swensen, Ryan Speedo Green, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

Louis Langrée conducts with Elkhanah Pulitzer directing.

“This is a story about a community, not an individual,” said Pulitzer in a press release. . “It is a melting pot of all kinds, there’s room for everyone. It is a journey of grieving and healing, evoking rituals, ultimately seeking a sense of hope.”

Performance Dates: July 14, 15, 2020

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, under maestro Louis Langrée will perform a concert dedicated to Bach, Berg, and Brahms with Lauren Snouffer, Eric Jurenas, Colin Balzer, and Tyler Duncan as the soloists for Bach’s “Nach dir, Herr, verlanget much, Cantata BWV 150.”

Performance Dates: July 21, 22, 2020

Yulia Van Doren, Sarah Brailey, Robin Tritschler, and Douglas Williams will solo in Handel’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55.” Jane Glover conducts a performance highlighting the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Performance Dates: July 22-25, 2020

The festival will host the New York Festival of Song which will perform music of Jeanine Tesori and others. Mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford and tenor Miles Mykkanen perform alongside pianist Steven Blier.

Performance Dates: July 24, 2020

The company will present the New York City premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thomas’ “Blue” with such artists as Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Hunter, Aaron Crouch, Gordon Hawkins, Ariana Wehr, and Brea R. Marshall. Carolyn Kuan conducts.

Performance Dates: July 25-27, 2020

Verdi and Boito’s “Falstaff” appears in a production by Iván Fischer and Marco Gandini. The cast includes Eva Mei, Nicola Alaimo, Yvonne Naef, Laura Polverelli, Sylvia Schwartz, Zabier Anduaga, Carlo Bosi, Stuart Patterson, and Giovanni Battista Parodi, all in their Mostly Mozart debuts. Tassis Christoyannis also appears as Ford. Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Performance Dates: August 1-4, 2020

The festival will also present the North American premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Chamber opera “UR_” with Alice Teyssier, Sofia Jernberg, and Michael Weyandt.

Performance Dates: August 5-7, 2020

Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton’s “Search for Spring” will have its world premiere with Simon Halsey conducting and Annette Jolles directing.

Performance Dates: August 8, 2020 

The company will present “A Beethoven Odyssey: The 1808 Akademie Concert,” the most important concert in the composer’s lifetime. It was also his last public performance as a concert pianist and featured the world premieres of some of his most iconic works, including the fifth and sixth symphony.

Presented in two parts the concert will feature Symphony No. 6, “Ah! perfido,” the Gloria from Mass in C Major, the 4th piano concerto, Symphony No. 5, the Sanctus and Benedicts from Mass in C Major, Improvised Fantasia for Solo Piano and the “Choral Fantasy.” Vocal soloists include Susanna Phillips, Lauren Michelle, Tamara Mumford, Thomas Cooley, Miles Mykkanen, and Dashon Burton. Louis Langrée conducts.

Performance Date: August 8, 2020