With the BBC Proms fast approaching the WildKat PR team have managed to narrow this year’s exciting programme down to ten proms we definitely won’t be missing!
Prom 3: Verdi – Simon Boccanegra (Sunday 18 July)
Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/Antonio Pappano. With: Plácido Domingo, Marina Poplavskaya, Joseph Calleja, Ferruccio Furlanetto…
“…because this is the chance of a lifetime to hear Plácido Domingo in a baritone role amongst such a starry cast”
Prom 19: Sondheim at 80 (Saturday 31 July)
BBC Concert Orchestra/David Charles Abell. With: Bryn Terfel, Singers from the BBC Performing Arts Fund
“…because this is a great insight into Steven Sondheim’s rich and innovative work, presented by leading and rising figures from the opera and theatre world”
Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great-Britain (Saturday 7 August)
Works by Dukas, Julian Anderson and Berlioz, conducted by Semyon Bychkov.
“…because of the originality of this ‘Fantasy-Prom’ and because those kids are just amazing”
Prom 35: Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Wednesday 11 August)
Works by Ligeti, Tchaikovsky, Langgaard and Sibelius conducted by Thomas Dausgaard. With: Inger Dam-Jensen, Henning Kraggerud, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Danish National Concert Choir
“…because in this magic selection of works not only Langaard’s UK premiere of ‘Music of the Spheres’ will be transporting us to exquisite musical spheres”
Proms Saturday Matinees 1 & 2: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Saturday 14 August)
English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
“…because we long to glory in Bach’s genius for a whole day”
Prom 40: London Philharmonic Orchestra (Sunday 15 August)
Works by Musorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov), Shostakovich, Scriabin and Prokofiev, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Violin soloist: Julia Fischer.
“…because this exciting all-Russian programme bursts with passion and because we love Julia Fischer”
Prom 41: London Symphony Orchestra (Monday 16 August)
Works by Stravinsky and Scriabin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Vocal soloists: Nadezhda Serdiuk, Sergei Skorokhodov.
“…because the LSO and Gergiev speak for themselves and because this is the rare occasion to listen to the complete versions of Stravinsky’s Firebird and Scriabin’s Symphony No.1”
Prom 61: Humperdinck – Hänsel and Gretel (Tuesday 31 August)
Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra/Robin Ticciati, With: Alice Coote, Lydia Teuscher, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke.
“…because this is Robin Ticciati’s Proms debut, because of the excellent cast and because even in the semi-staged version, Laurent Pelly’s production is hilarious”
Prom 65: Berliner Philharmoniker (Friday 3 September)
Symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
“…because we could not imagine a better orchestra to perform these dense, enthralling symphonies”
Prom 69: Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Monday 6 September)
Works by Berlioz, Beethoven, James MacMillan and Respighi, conducted by Stéphane Denève. Piano soloist: Paul Lewis.
“…because this eclectic programme offers a perfect insight into the excellent work of the RNSO and because this is the spectacular round off of Paul Lewis’s all-Beethoven cycle”