Haitink’s return, along with Terfel and four operas, highlight Tanglewood’s 76th season

November 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Bryn Terfel will sing the role of Wotan in Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Walküre” in Tanglewood’s 2013 season. Photo: Sheila Rock

The 76th season of the Tanglewood Festival will offer the return of Bernard Haitink, Bryn Terfel in Wagner, the American premiere of an opera by George Benjamin and a double bill of operas by Purcell and Britten.

After a five-year absence, Bernard Haitink returns to the Berkshires for two programs. The Dutch conductor will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 on August 17 and the BSO’s final summer program of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony August 25.

On July 20, Bryn Terfel will sing the role of Wotan in a complete performance of Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Walküre. Lothar Koenigs will conduct a cast that also features Katarina Dalayman and Amber Wagner. Terfel will also present a recital at Ozawa Hall July 18 with pianist Natalia Katyukova.

George Benjamin will conduct the U.S. premiere of his opera, Written on Skin, in a concert performance August 12 as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music. And the Mark Morris Dance Group will team up with Tanglewood Music Center Fellows July 31 and August 1 in fully staged performances of two one-act operas, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Curlew River. There will also be a concert performance of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby presented by Emmanuel Music on July 11.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will lead the BSO and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, in Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 3 on July 6. And Christoph von Dohnányi will direct two programs, featuring Brahms’s Second and Third symphonies on August 9 and 10.

Many Tanglewood favorites will return including Lang Lang (Beethoven First Concerto on August 3), Joshua Bell (Tchaikovsky, July 5), and Lynn Harrell (Haydn, July 14). Yo-Yo Ma will perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto on August 4 and encore his “Goat Rodeo” band on August 11.

For further information, call 888-266-1200 or go to tanglewood.org.

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