The Sydney Opera House has announced the line-up for the 2019 Utzon Music Series, with a wide-ranging list of artists from English tenor Ian Bostridge to the LA Wind Quintet.

“The Utzon Music Series delivers something special to audiences each year, but none more so than 2019,” said Utzon Music Series curator Yarmila Alfonzetti. “We’ll see the return of old friends – Ian Bostridge, the Brodsky Quartet, Andreas Ottensamer – alongside a host of Australian debuts – Wallis Giunta, Trio Wanderer, VOCES8 – and all of them utterly brilliant. Freddy Kempf puts me on the edge of my seat, and I’m a sucker for a smart wind quintet (possibly a failed personal dream).”

Ian Bostridge, Utzon Music SeriesIan Bostridge. Photo © Sim Canetty-Clarke

The season opens with Kempf performing a recital of Russian music in the Utzon Room in February, the program featuring music by Prokofiev, Kasputin and Rachmaninov, before the French Trio Wanderer plays Haydn, Dvořák and Rachmaninov in April, the trio making its Australian debut.

In May, the Brodsky Quartet foreshadows its performances at the Canberra International Music Festival with a fugue-laden recital in Sydney, featuring music by Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn alongside Shostakovich’s Eighth Quartet and Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue. The following week, Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hits the Utzon Room with a recital of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Weber, Debussy Gershwin and Horovitz.

June will see UK a cappella octet VOCES8 make its Australian debut with a concert spanning Byrd and Sibelius to Simon and Garfunkel, while in August German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser will perform Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms with pianist Kathryn Stott.

English tenor and acclaimed lieder specialist Ian Bostridge performs two concerts in September, following on the heels of his recital in Adelaide for State Opera of South Australia, singing Liszt, Schumann and Wagner.

The LA Wind Quintet plays Barber, Ravel, Francaix, Hindemith, Tagganel and Ligeti in September, before Irish-Canadian mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta rounds out the year with songs by Robert Fleming, Brahms, Falla, Britten, Schumann, Sondheim and more.

“It’s your classical music degustation for the year, wrapped up into one series,” says Alfonzetti.


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