Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christine Goerke & Joyce DiDonato Lead Carnegie Hall’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Carnegie Hall has announced its 2020-21 season featuring some of the greatest soloists and conductors in the world. For this article we will highlight the vocal performances of the season.


The season opens with the LA Philharmonic performing John Adams’ Tromba Lontana and Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Selections from Peer Gynt. Gustavo Dudamel conducts with soloists Liv Redpath and Lang Lang.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2020

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with soloists Jennifer Rowley, Karen Cargill, Rodrick Dixon, and Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone. The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir is led by Joe Miller.

Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2020

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.” The concert stars Talise Trevigne, Felicity Palmer, Joshua Stewart, Matthew Brook. Cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays the Elgar.

Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2020

Nina Stemme joins the Berlin Philharmonic for Wagner’s Immolation scene from “Gotterdammerung.” The program also includes Andrew Norman’s Unstuck and R. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. Kirill Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the orchestra leads the program.

Performance Dates: Nov. 18 & 20, 2020

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Westminster Choir in Zankel Hall.

Performance Date: Nov. 22, 2020

Bernard Labadie leads the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust. The program is also set to include “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with soloists David Hyde Pierce, Lauren Snouffer, and Cecelia Hall.

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2020

Renée Fleming joins the Galilee Chamber Orchestra in a program that includes Haydn Symphony No. 59, “Fire,” Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Saleem Abboud Ashkar conducts the program which will also star Daniil Trifonov.

Performance Date: Dec. 7, 2020

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra with Ekaterina Gubanova and Piotr Beczała performing Debussy La Mer and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Performance Date: March 2, 2021

Bernard Labadie conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Amanda Forsythe, Samuel Boden, Matthew Brook,  and La Chapelle de Québec. The performance Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Music for the Royal Fireworks, The King Shall Rejoice, and My Heart Is Inditing and Bach’s Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen.

Performance Date: March 18, 2021

Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” is set to star Kristine Opolais in the title role, Brandon Jovanovich, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladimir Vaneyev, and Sir Willard White. Andris Nelsens conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: April 14, 2021

Bejun Mehta, Michael Spyres, Sophie Bevan, Soprano, Jakub Józef Orliński, and Avery Amereau star in Handel’s “Tamerlano” with Harry Bicket conducting The English Concert.

Performance Date: April 25, 2021

Semyon Bychkov and Waltraud Meier team up with the Met Orchestra for Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad.”

Performance Date: June 10, 2021

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato perform alongside the Met Orchestra in an all Berlioz program.

Performance Date: June 17, 2021

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the first act of Wagner’s “Die  Walküre”  with Christine Goerke, Brandon Jovanovich, and Günther Groissböck. The program also includes R. Strauss’  Don Juan and Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia with the Met Orchestra accompanying.

Performance Date: June 24, 2021


Juan Diego Florez teams up with Vincezo Scalera for an exciting recital. Both return after their highly successful one during the 2018-29 season.

Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2020

Lise Davidsen performs Lieder by Mahler, Wagner, Berg, and Grieg accompanied James Baillieu.

Performance Date: Nov. 12, 2020

Samantha Hankey and Chris Reynolds perform an evening of songs by Duparc, Mahler, and R. Strauss.

Performance Date: Jan. 14, 2021

Christine Goerke and Malcolm Maritneau perform an evening of songs by R. Strauss, Berg, Brahms, and Wagner.

Performance Date: March 4, 2021  

Anne Sofie von Otter returns to New York for a recital of songs by Fanny Mendelssohn, C. Schumann, R. Schumann, Schubert, Lindblad, and Berwald. Kristian Bezuidenhout performs on piano.

Performance Date: March 18, 2021

After successful recitals in Europe, Diana Damrau and Helmut Deutsch bring an exciting evening of song.

Performance Date: April 10, 2021

Fatma Said and guitarrist Rafael Aguirre sing a Spanish program of works by Falla, Rodrigo, Bizet, Serrano, Obradors, and many more.

Performance Date: April 13, 2021

Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida team up for an all Schumann program.

Performance Dates: April 16, 2021

Angel Blue and James Baillieu take on a program of songs by R. Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Weill, and Bruce Adolphe.

Performance Date: April 22, 2021

Elīna Garanča and Malcolm Martineau perform Guridis’  Seis canciónes castellanas and songs by R. Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Chapí, Luna, Barbieri, and Sorozábal.

Performance Date: May 13, 2021