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