Rising stars Olena Tokar
and Luis Gomes
make their Verbier debuts on 2 August 2015
, performing the roles of Mimi and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème
in a semi-staged performance at the Église.
Olena and Luis are two of a handful of young singers selected as members of the Verbier Festival Academy, which nurtures and develops some of the world’s most promising vocal talent.
Also making her first appearance at the festival is Joyce DiDonato,
joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to perform Berlioz Les nuits d’été
at the opening concert on 17 July 2015
Sir András Schiff
makes two appearances at the festival. He joins the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Gábor Takács-Nagy for a performance of Bartók’s Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 3 on 18 July
and performs works by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert in a solo recital on 21 July
returns to Verbier for two concerts. In a collaborative evening with a string quartet and piano, Petrenko will perform works by Arenski, Borodin and Tchaikovsky alongside Alexander Melnikov and Mischa Maisky (19 July
). On 21 July
, he gives a recital dedicated to the melodies of Rachmaninov accompanied by pianist Denis Matsuev.
accompanies British tenor Mark Padmore for his first appearance at the festival in a recital including works by Purcell, Schubert and Tippett (20 July
makes her debut singing Bach’s St Matthew Passion
alongside Christopher Maltman
, closing the first week of the festival on 24 July
On 25 July
, there is a unique opportunity to hear Angela Gheorghiu
in the intimate setting of the Église accompanied by the young Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić.