Repertoire includesR. Strauss - Tod und Verklärung [Death and Transfiguration] Ravel - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
SoloistsKirill Gerstein - Piano
Conductor Michael Schønwandt
As well as his close association with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (where projects have included a new Ring Cycle in the newly opened opera house in 2006) Michael Schønwandt has conducted at leading opera houses around the world, including regular appearances with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, Nice Opera, the Stuttgart Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cologne Opera and Die Meistersinger in Bayreuth. His vast operatic repertoire has included Alceste, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Idomeneo, Fidelio, Der Fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Lohengrin,Tristan & Isolde, Macbeth, Simone Boccanegra, Otello, Wozzeck, Falstaff,Eugen Onegin, Queen of Spades, Turandot, The Trojans, Salome, Elektra, Rosenkavalier, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Jenufa, The Cunning Little Vixen, Katya Kabanova, Le Grand Macabre and Maskarade by Nielsen.
Michael Schønwandt has made many notable recordings with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for Chandos, including Strauss’ Salome, released in 1999, and hailed by the Gramophone magazine as the best recording ever of the work. The DVD of the Copenhagen Ring has won many awards. His most recent release is a critically acclaimed recording of Maskarade released in 2015 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nielsen.
Recent and future operatic engagements include Lulu, Wozzeck, Cosi fan Tutte and Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera National de Paris, Elektra, Simon Boccanegra and Tristan und Isolde at Opera de Montpellier, Wozzeck and Ariadne auf Naxos in Stuttgart, Falstaff at Covent Garden, La traviata for Wiener Staatsoper and Nielsen’s Saul and David for the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.
Concert engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony, Hamburg Philharmoniker, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Budapest Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Tonkünstler Orchester, and the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin.
Piano Kirill Gerstein
Over the last year, Gerstein’s decade long relationship with Thomas Adès came to fruition with the release of two recordings: the world première of Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra written expressly for Gerstein and released by Deutsche Grammophon; and a compendium of Thomas Adès’s works for piano on myrios classics. Both discs garnered an impressive series of accolades which included a 2021 International Classical Music Award, a 2020 Gramophone Award and three GRAMMY Award nominations. During the new season, Gerstein will give Adès’s Piano Concerto its French, Belgium and Russian premières with the composer, its Italian première with Sir Antonio Pappano and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and South American première with Thierry Fischer and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.