Wagner’s “Walküre,” Previn tribute on tap for 2019 Tanglewood season

November 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brunnhilde in Wagner's "Die Walkure" in Tanglewood's 2019 season.

Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brünnhilde in Wagner’s “Die Walküre” in Tanglewood’s 2019 season.

Tanglewood’s tradition of concert opera will return in grand fashion in the 2019 summer season.

The highlight of next summer’s concert offerings in the Berkshires will be a complete concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre spread overt three concerts in two days. On July 27 at the Koussevitzky Shed, Andris Nelsons will lead the BSO in Act 1 of Wagner’s five-hour music drama. Amber Wagner will star as Sieglinde, Simon O’Neill will take on the role of Siegmund, and Ain Anger portray Hunding. Acts 2 and 3, to be heard July 28 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Shed, will feature Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde and James Rutherford as Wotan.

The BSO will also celebrate Andre Previn’s 90th birthday next summer. As part of the festivities, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform Previn’’s Violin Concerto, Anne-Sophie with the orchestra July 6 at the Shed.

Nelsons will lead fourteen concerts spread between the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. On opening night (July 5), he will lead the BSO in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, featuring Emanuel Ax as soloist. Nelsons will direct the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the world premiere of a new Trumpet Concerto by Detlev Glanert, which will spotlight BSO principal trumpeter Thomas Rolfs (July 8 at Ozawa Hall). Hakan Hardenberger will also appear as soloist with the BSO in HK Gruber’s Aeriel (July 14 at the Shed).

Nelsons will also conduct the BSO in Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais, mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova, tenor Jonathan Tetelman, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (July 13 at the Shed). Nelsons will continue the BSO’s exploration of Shostakovich’s symphonies by offering the Symphony No. 2 on July 26 at the Shed. The concert will also feature Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé.

Pianist Jan Lisiecki will make his Tanglewood debut with Grieg’s Piano Concerto in a concert conducted by Nelsons (July 12 at the Shed). Other pianists to appear next summer include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who will perform Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Variations on “I Got Rhythm” with the BSO (July 21 at the Shed). Yefim Bronfman will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra, conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk (August 4 at the Shed). Nicolai Lugansky will offer Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the ensemble on August 10 at the same location.

Paul Lewis will perform a solo recital of Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven July 30 at Ozawa Hall. And Jeremy Denk, violinist Stefan Jackiw, and the vocal ensemble Hudson Shad will traverse Ives’ complete Violin Sonatas and the tunes they are based upon July 25 in the same venue.

Also appearing in Ozawa Hall will be pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who will team up for a selection of Beethoven piano trios on August 6. Kavakos and Ax will perform select Beethoven violin Sonatas on August 13.

Other performances in Ozawa Hall will feature 2019 Koussevitzky Artist Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet in a program of Walker, Barber, Previn, and Richard Wernick (July 24); baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Lara Downes in a program entitled Song of America: Beyond Liberty (July 31); The Knights in performances of music by Ligeti, Kurtág, Kodály, and Brahms (August 15); and violinist Hilary Hahn in selected Bach Sonatas and Partitas (July 10). Yo-Yo Ma will perform Bach’s complete Cello Suites on August 11 at the Shed.

As for new music, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra will premiere a new work by Helen Grime alongside Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (July 15 at Ozawa Hall). New works to be heard by the BSO include Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, a multi-media BSO co-commission that will spotlight soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry (July 20 at the Shed). Asher Fisch will lead the American premiere of Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto, featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth, in a program of Schumann, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn (August 3). James Burton’s Lost Words for children’s choir and orchestra will receive its world premiere as part of the annual Tanglewood on Parade July 23 at the Shed.

The Festival of Contemporary Music will run August 8-12 and will feature premieres of works by Richard Ayers, Erika Fox, Andrew Hamilton, Nathan Shields, Hilda Paredes, Gerald Barry, Paul Ruders, and Kurtág alongside music by Reich, Musgrave, Czernowin, and Knussen.

Podium guests to appear next summer will include BSO associate conductor Ken-David Masur leading the BSO in music by Martinu and Dvorák on August 2. Thomas Adès will lead the BSO in music of Beethoven and Ives’ Three Places in New England on August 11. François-Xavier Roth will conduct Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, which will spotlight Kirill Gerstein as soloist on August 17. And Giancarlo Guerrero will lead the BSO in Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erde and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, featuring soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass Morris Robinson along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the season finale performance on August 25. BSO assistant conductor Yu-An Chang will make his orchestra debut leading music of Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Schubert on August 23. All concerts will take place in the Shed.

The annual John Williams Film Night, featuring the Boston Pops, will take place on August 24. Keith Lockhart will also lead the orchestra in the live soundtrack to the film Star Wars: A New Hope on August 16.

James Taylor and his all-star band will return to Tanglewood in two performances on July 3 and 4.

Tickets for the 2019 Tanglewood season go one sale February 10. tanglewood.org; 888-266-1200


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