Kent Nagano conducts George Benjamin premiere in Hamburg (April 2019)

Kent Nagano, General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, will conduct the German premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence staged by Katie Mitchell with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra on 7 April 2019. The work is a co-commission with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (world premiere 10 May 2018), De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and the Teatro Real Madrid. Additional performance dates in Hamburg include 10, 13 and 18 April.

Lessons in Love and Violence tells a story of blood, power, dynasty, jealousy, treason and sex. All those themes, found in plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe, have been stirred by playwright Martin Crimp and composer George Benjamin into a musical frame: hot and cold, passionate and restrained.

Find here further information on the new production at the Hamburg State Opera.

The premiere will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur at 18.00 CET. Click here to listen live.

On Friday, 5 April, the Elbphilharmonie will host a public discussion with Kent Nagano and George Benjamin including live music by the composer himself and with chamber works by Mahler, Messiaen and others. Find here more information on the event.

Final tour concert: Kent Nagano and the OSM in the Berlin Philharmonie (March 2019)

On Monday, 25 March, Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal together with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will be guest in the Berlin Philharmonie. It will be the farewell concert of the Europe tour of Kent Nagano and the OSM.

The concert will be streamed live on Medici.TV and the Facebook page of the OSM. The stream is available worldwide except in Germany. Please click here. One day later, the entire concert will be available worldwide without exception for 30 days on the OSM website.

Find here further information on the concert.

The entire concert can be streamed here until 25 April.


Tourstart: OSM and Kent Nagano’s Europe Tour (March 2019)

On Monday, 11 March the big European tour by Kent Nagano and the OSM will start with a concert in Dusseldorf. On the program will be works by Debussy, Mozart and Stravinsky.

The orchestra and Kent Nagano will also be guest in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Concert House and Paris’ Cité de la musique, among others.

Soloists of the tour are pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Rafał Blechacz as well as alto Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Find here an overview of the tourdates.

Kent Nagano | Announcement of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2019-20 Season (March 2019)

Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announced their coming season 2019/20 on 28 February 2019. It will be Kent Nagano’s final season as Music Director of the OSM and with more than 100 concerts it will feature celebrations, prestigious invited guests, and performances of great masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire.

At the season’s opening concert, in September 2019, Kent Nagano and the OSM will present works by Shostakovich, Schoenberg and Rachmaninoff. Throughout the season, they will perform concert programs, which reflect Kent Nagano’s legacy with the orchestra: Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 as well as the traditional Christmas program, this year featuring Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. In January 2020, Kent Nagano will also conduct the OSM’s first cycle of Schubert Symphonies at a festival dedicated to showing the many facets of this composer.
In February 2020, Pascal Dusapin’s Symphony pour orgue et orchestre “Waves” will have its North America premiere both in the Maison Symphonique and in Toronto under the direction of Kent Nagano – after being world premiered in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in January.

In October 2019, the OSM and Kent Nagano will be performing on a tour in Latin America and in Chicago. Soloists will be the violinist Veronika Eberle and Pianist Denis Matsuev.

In March 2020, the orchestra and its Music Director will be re-invited to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Together with pianist Mikhail Pletnev they will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

Kent Nagano about his last season as the OSM’s Music Director:

“Nearly twenty years after my very first collaboration with the OSM as a guest conductor, the 2019–2020 season provides the Orchestra with a new opportunity to offer themes that engage with a variety of perspectives and experiences: we hope they will be a source of wonder and vitality for our audience members while remaining at the forefront of our modern lives.”

Here you can find further information on the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s new season 2019/20.

Kent Nagano conducts concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (February 2019)

On 14 and 15 February 2019, conductor Kent Nagano will be guest with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich and will stand at the rostrum of the orchestra for two concerts in the Herkulessaal.

On the program will be works by Messiaen and Berlioz. BR-KLASSIK will broadcast the concert on Friday, 15 February live. Click here for the intermezzo talk for the live broadcast with Kent Nagano, already online on the homepage of BR Klassik.

Find here further information on both concerts.

Spain tour – Kent Nagano and Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg (January 2019)

From 22 until 30 January, 2019, Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg will go on a concert tour, starting in Madrid, followed by performances in Oviedo and Santander, three concerts at the “Festival de Música de Canarias” and a final performance at Basel, Switzerland. Kent Nagano will present works by Johannes Brahms. Soloist for the violin concerto is the young German virtuoso Veronika Eberle.

January 22, 2019, Madrid, Auditorio Nacional de Música, 19.30
January 23, 2019, Oviedo, Auditorio Principe Felipe, 20.00
January 24, 2019, Santander, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, 8.30 pm
January 26, 2019, Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, 8:00 pm
January 27, 2019, Gran Canaria, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, 8:00 pm
January 28, 2019, Fuerteventura, Palacio de Formación y Congresos, 20.30
January 30, 2019, Basel, Musical Theater Basel, 19.30

Kent Nagano and Wagner Readings: First concert in Cologne Philharmonie (January 2019)

On Sunday, 20 January, Kent Nagano and Concerto Köln are presenting their first concert as part of the project Wagner Readings in the Cologne Philharmonie. They have launched this project in autumn 2017 together with the Kunststiftung NRW: Richard Wagner’s »The Ring of the Nibelung« will be developed and performed from the perspective and with methods of ›historical performance practice‹. In addition to reflecting on the project theoretically, particular focus will lie on the reconstruction of the instrumental and vocal or linguistic practice at the time of Wagner.

In 2019, three concerts by Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano will be performed in the Cologne Philharmonie, with the first practical approach to works by Richard Wagner, as the Wesendonck Lieder or Siegfried Idyll. Find here further news and information about the Wagner Readings.

Kent Nagano’s concerts and opera performances in Hamburg around Christmas (December 2018)

Hamburg’s General Music Director Kent Nagano will spend this year’s Christmas and New Year in the Hanseatic city and will conduct the following concerts and opera performances:

  • Mozart’s Magic Flute on 21, 23, 27, 29 December and 1and 4  January 2019 at the State Opera Hamburg
  • Strauss’ Frau ohne Schatten on 26 and 30 December and on 5 and 9 January in the State Opera Hamburg
  • The New Year’s Eve concert with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg on 31 December at 11.00 in the Elbphilharmonie