It’s back to school, home from holidays, and finally back to the concert halls and opera houses. In the world’s classical music capitals, venues and musicians are gearing up for the start of the 2016-2017 season. Have a look below at some of the events we are most excited to hear and see.
After the grandes vacances, Paris comes back with a vengeance, with a cultural calendar that is the envy of of many a capital. Daniel Barenboim opens the season at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Staatskapelle Berlin, performing Mozart and Bruckner. Just days later, the orchestra in residence of the Philharmonie, the Orchestre de Paris returns under the baton of new Chief Conductor, Daniel Harding, with Schumann’s “Scenes from Goethe’s Faust”. At the Paris Opera, Anja Harteros, Marcelo Alvarez, and Bryn Terfel meet on the stage of the Opéra Bastille in Pierre Audi’s production of “Tosca”.
And for fans of the ballet, look for the “Americans in Paris”: The American Ballet Theater returns to the Paris Opera after 25 years in Alexei Ratmansky’s “Sleeping Beauty” revival at Opéra Bastille. And from the West Coast, Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project performs at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Passing of the Baton
Paris is not the only city that will see a new face (or back, as the case may be) on the podium this season. Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra welcomes new Chief Conductor, Daniele Gatti with an opening night gala event. The concert program includes Christian Gerhaher singing Mahler’s “Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen”.
Back in Berlin
Two of Berlin’s favorite artists, conductor Iván Fischer and violinist Julia Fischer, start the season at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Hans Werner Henze’s lush “Il Vitalino Raddoppiato”, paired with Bruckner’s emotional Seventh Symphony. Across town, the first new production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is a directing debut: Award-winning young theater director Robert Borgmann tries his hand at opera for the first time, promising a fresh perspective on Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte”, with Music Director Donald Runnicles conducting.
Starting with the Finale
At Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the 2015-2016 season stretches into October. So, Leo Moscato’s new production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” is technically more of a closing event than an opening. Either way, the star-studded cast with Jesús López-Cobos conducting promise a memorable performance.