Kent Nagano’s letter to Beethoven on Deutschlandfunk (October 2020)

“You are a Prometheus who gives fire to us humans”

In his letter to Beethoven, conductor Kent Nagano takes himself back to the Hamburg of the composer’s time – and draws many parallels to the present day. What seems certain for Nagano even then: “Your voice will continue to sound in the hearts of our descendants for a long time to come.”

You can read and listen to the letter here.

Special concerts with Kent Nagano and Paul Lewis at the State Opera Hamburg (September 2020)

On 3 and 4 October 2020, Kent Nagano will conduct two special concert programs with works by Mozart, Schubert, Dvořák and others. The British pianist Paul Lewis, one of Britain’s most internationally renowned soloists, will make his debut with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. The matinee concerts will take place in the Great House of the Hamburg State Opera. Tickets are available by telephone at (040) 35 68 68 and from the State Opera’s ticket service.


Kent Nagano in Hamburg – molto agitato (September 2020)

On September 5, Kent Nagano conducts the premiere of “molto agitato” in Hamburg.

Concert, song and music theatre provide the pieces of the evening: “Nouvelles Aventures” by György Ligeti, “Vier Gesänge” op. 43 by Johannes Brahms, Händel’s “Aci”, “Galatea e Polifemo” and “Die sieben Todsünden” by Kurt Weill. Included are texts by Quentin Tarantino on sex and violence from “Reservoir Dogs”. Five soloists and a chamber orchestra are recapturing the Staatsoper stage after a forced break of almost six months. How we have experienced and still experience this time, how it throws us off balance and how it opens new spaces – that is what “molto agitato” stands for.

Director: Frank Castorf
Musical direction: Kent Nagano
Set Designer: Aleksandar Denic
Costume: Adriana Braga Peretzki
Video: Andreas Deinert, Kathrin Krottenthaler, Severin Renke
Light: Lothar Baumgarte
Dramaturgy: Johannes Blum

Please find further dates and information here.

THE OSM AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE – Unveiling of fall concerts 2020 (August 2020)

As gatherings of up to 250 people are now permitted in Quebec, the OSM is delighted to be gradually reconnecting with its worldwide audience at the Maison symphonique, beginning in September

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is excited to unveil its fall programming. Despite the events of the last months and the necessity to adapt to new circumstances, the OSM has been hard at work to offer concerts beginning on September 11, many of which will be available in digital format.


Kent Nagano presents updated season 2020/21 in Hamburg (August 2020)

Hamburg, August 7, 2020: Kent Nagano, Hamburg General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Georges Delnon, Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Prof. John Neumeier, Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, presented the updated 2020/21 season and concert season for the months of September, October and November 2020 at today’s press conference. Ralf Klöter, Managing Director of the Hamburg State Opera, informed about the general conditions of this special season opening.READ MORE

Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal release new recording (June 2020)

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano released Krzysztof Penderecki’s St Luke Passion with BIS-Records on 6 June 2020 – this SACD was recorded on the opening night of the prestigious Felsenreitschule Salzburg Festival in July of 2018. The renowned polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, who regretfully passed away in March 2020, was present in the audience the evening of the Salzburg concert.READ MORE