Kent Nagano at the Festival d’Aix en Provence (July 2022)

As part of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Kent Nagano will conduct the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Il Viaggio, Dante tonight. The libretto by French author Frédéric Boyer is based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, one of the greatest works of world literature. For the production, directed by Claus Guth, Kent Nagano leads the chorus and orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon (where he was music director from 1989 to 1998). Three more performances will take place on July 13, 15 and 17.

Last Sunday, Kent Nagano conducted another orchestra long associated with him – the concert at the Kissinger Sommer with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (Nagano was artistic director and principal conductor from 2000 to 2006, and in 2006 the orchestra named him honorary conductor) is available here:

Tannhäuser premiere under the musical direction of Kent Nagano in Hamburg (April 2022)

A new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser under the musical direction of Kent Nagano will celebrate its premiere at the Hamburg State Opera this Sunday, 24 April. The production by Kornél Mundruczó with Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur.

Please find more information here.

TV Tipp – Die Stimme der Vögel: Der Komponist und Ornithologe Olivier Messiaen with, among others, Kent Nagano on Monday, 25 April at 00:05 on ARTE and afterwards in the media library:

Kent Nagano at the lit.COLOGNE (March 2022)

This coming Sunday, 20 March, Kent Nagano will present his book “10 lessons of my Life – Was wirklich zählt” (Berlin Verlag, 2021) at the lit.COLOGNE.
In conversation with Claudia Dichter, Nagano will discuss important events in his life that influenced him beyond his artistic path, including encounters with Leonard Bernstein and the pop musician Björk.

Please find more information about the event here and about the book here.

Kent Nagano conducts A Quiet Place with Opéra national de Paris (March 2022)

On 9 March 2022, Kent Nagano will conduct the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at the Opéra national de Paris in the Palais Garnier in a new production by Krzysztof Warlikowski. This marks Nagano’s return to the Opéra national de Paris, where he has previously conducted Wozzeck, Elektra, Dialogues des carmélites, Cardillac and Werther.

9 March Paris, Palais Garnier
Bernstein: A Quiet Place                         Premiere
Other performances: 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30 March
Krzysztof Warlikowski – staging

In 2018, a recording of A Quiet Place with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Nagano was previously released on the Decca Classics label. Please find more information here.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach at the Hamburg State Opera under the musical direction of Kent Nagano released on DVD by EuroArts on DVD today (February 2022)

Jacques Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann

EuroArts, 25. February 2022

Benjamin Bernheim tenor | Olga Peretyatko soprano | Luca Pisaroni bass-baritone | Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper | Eberhard Friedrich chorus master | Daniele Finzi Pasca stage director | Hugo Gargiulo stage design | Giovanna Buzzi costumes
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Kent Nagano

More information can be found here.

Kent Nagano (January 2022)

After a festive year 2021 in Kent Nagano’s life, with his 70th birthday and the publication of the 3 CD box set with works by Olivier Messiaen on the BR Klassik Label as well as his German book “10 Lessons of my Life – Was wirklich zählt” by Berlin Verlag, he will be in Hamburg and Paris in the coming weeks.

In Hamburg, in addition to symphony concerts with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, he will conduct revivals of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Strauss’ Elektra at the Hamburg State Opera, and further performances of John Neumeier’s Beethoven Project II.

At Opera de Paris, he will lead the new production of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski in March 2022.

Kent Nagano conducts world premiere of Arvo Pärt (December 2021)

On 5 and 6 December, Kent Nagano will conduct works by Pärt, Stravinsky and Schumann at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Arvo Pärt is one of the most important composers of our time. In the 4th Philharmonic Concert this weekend, two works by the 86-year-old Estonian artist will be on the program: In addition to “Fratres,” the Hamburg version of “Swansong” will be heard for the first time.

More information can be found here.

Arvo Pärt: “Swansong” for Orchestra (Hamburg Version, world premiere)
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and winds
Arvo Pärt: “Fratres” for Violin, String Orchestra and Percussion
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D-minor Op. 120

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Violin: Daniel Cho
Piano: Alexei Volodin
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Kent Nagano celebrates his 70th birthday (November 2021)

Today conductor Kent Nagano celebrates his 70th birthday – duly celebrated by previous companions, musicians, colleagues and many others. We wish him a very happy birthday!

Here you can find a video of Deutsche Welle about Kent Nagano and his birthday:

Kent Nagano with the Wagner Readings and Concerto Köln at the Kölner Philharmonie (November 2021)

On Thursday, 18 November 2021, Kent Nagano, together with the musicians of Concerto Köln and singers, will present Wagner’s Das Rheingold in concert at the Kölner Philharmonie. This concert was created as part of the scientific-artistic project Wagner Readings, which has been working on Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in historically informed performance practice since fall 2017.

More information about the concert on 18 November can be found here.

Further information about the project Wagner Readings, the scientific work as well as the different topics can be listened to in six podcast episodes here:

Kent Nagano with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Cologne Cathedral (October 2021)

On 29 October, Kent Nagano will conduct Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Cologne Cathedral. The concert will take place as part of the Beethovenfest and will also present Stockhausen’s “Gesang der Jünglinge” together with the musicians of Concerto Köln, the Vokalensemble Kölner Dom and renowned soloists.

The concert can be seen live on ARTE and WDR.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass for four solo voices, choir, orchestra and organ in D major op. 123 (“Missa solemnis”) (1819-23)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: “Gesang der Jünglinge”. Electronic music (1955/56)

Valentina Farcas soprano
Rachel Frenkel alto
Werner Güra tenor
Andreas Wolf bass
Cologne Cathedral Vocal Ensemble
Eberhard Metternich rehearsal
Concerto Cologne
Kent Nagano Conductor
Juan Verdaguer Sound direction