Dame Sarah Connolly
Highlights in Dame Sarah’s 2018/19 season include Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre for the Royal Opera and in Das Rheingold at the Teatro Réal in Madrid.
On the concert platform, her engagements include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Jurowski & London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski), his Symphony No. 8 (Wiener Symphoniker/Jordan), Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Orchestre national de Paris/Saraste) and Tippet’s A Child of our Time (Orchestre de Paris/Adès).
Dame Sarah also curates a Residency at Wigmore Hall in the 2018/19 season and gives recitals for the Schubertíada a Vilabertran, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Michelle DeYoung is one of the world’s most exciting mezzo-sopranos.
Her prolific concert engagements include the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras under Sir Colin Davis (with whom she recorded Didon in Les Troyens to great critical acclaim), the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas, the Boston Symphony under Ozawa, the Chicago Symphony and Philharmonia under Boulez, the Cleveland Orchestra under Slatkin, the Royal Concertgebouw under Chailly, the Berlin Staatskappelle under Barenboim and Boulez, the Israel Philharmonic under Maazel and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Gardner. She has given recitals in New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival.
Her operatic engagements have included Jocasta with von Dohnanyi in Paris; Fricka for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Haitink; Fricka, Brangäne, Venus and Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera under Levine; Brangäne in Chicago under Sir Andrew Davis and at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin and La Scala, Milan under Barenboim and Kundry in Bayreuth under Boulez and Berlin under Barenboim.
Celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova is a principal artist of the Mariinsky Theatre and is a favourite singer of Valery Gergiev. In addition to the Russian repertoire she’s so associated with, Ms Diadkova also concentrates on the works of Bach, Händel, Mahler, Verdi and Wagner.
Her international career has taken her to the leading opera houses around the world and has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has also appeared in many of the world’s prestigious concert halls, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As well as Maestro Gergiev, conductors with whom she has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Sir Charles Mackerras and Semyon Bychkov. Ms Diadkova records for BMG/RCA, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Phillips and EMI Classics.
Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics across the globe in operas ranging from Mozart and Handel to Rossini, Donizetti, Berlioz and Heggie. Winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, she is a multi-Grammy Award winner and a fierce advocate for the arts.
An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, the most recent addition to Joyce’s acclaimed discography is Berlioz’ Les Troyens which won the Award for Best Complete Opera Recording at the 2018 International Opera Awards, the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Opera Award and is nominated in the Opera category at this year’s Gramophone Awards. Her solo albums include In War & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, the Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens. Erato/Warner Classics will release two new albums this season, Songplay and Into the Fire.
This season she sings Didon in Les Troyens for the first time on stage at the Vienna State Opera, Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in Agrippina in a European concert tour with Il pomo d’oro. She will perform at the BBC Proms and in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Gardiner, in Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti and with the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Pappano. Joyce will also tour the US and Europe with NYO USA under Pappano and travel to Russia and Asia with Il pomo d’oro under Emelyanychev . In recital she performs Winterreise partnered by Nézet-Séguin in Kansas City and Ann Arbor.