Switzerland Ibert, Bartók, Mozart: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Paavo Järvi (conductor). Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 20.8.2020. (JR)
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Season Preview
The Swiss Government have not yet announced how concerts may resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, so the management of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich have had to be creative and flexible with their planning of next season.
The orchestra hopes that concerts will be able to resume as ‘normal’ from January 2021 onwards. Sadly, the virus has led to a further postponement of the opening of their renovated concert hall (the Tonhalle) until August 2021. Concerts next season will therefore continue at the Tonhalle Maag.
Switzerland Dukas, Stravinsky, Richard Strauss: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Paavo Järvi (conductor), Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 25.6.2020. (JR)
Switzerland Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Zurich Opera, Zurich, 8.3.2020. (JR)
Zurich Opera 2020/2021 – a preview
The season opens with a new production of Mussorgsky’s majestic Boris Godunov with Michael Volle as Boris, John Daszak as Schuisky and Brindley Sherratt as Pimen. Kirill Karabits conducts, the indefatigable Barrie Kosky is the producer. The première is on September 20th and there are six further performances through September and October. It is the full version, including the Polish scene. Oksana Volkova sings Marina.
2020 Lucerne Summer Festival
The Festival kicks off on August 14th with performances by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly; Beethoven’s First Symphony and Mahler’s First Symphony. Concert repeated next day with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto replacing the Beethoven symphony, Martha Argerich at the keyboard.
Switzerland Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Hartmut Haenchen (conductor). Zurich Opera, Zurich, 18.2.2020. (JR)
Switzerland Bartók, Shostakovich, Dvořák: Vilde Frang (violin), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Rafael Payare (conductor). Tonhalle Maag, Zurich. 6.1.2020. (JR)