In August, the Monteverdi Choir joins forces with the Camerata Salzburg as John Eliot Gardiner leads them in two concerts at the Salzburger Festspiele.
Programme 1 (Thursday 19 August)
Requiem für Mignon, Op. 98b
Nachtlied, Op. 108
Manfred — Dramatic poem in three parts by Lord Byron, Op. 115
Programme 2 (Saturday 21 August)
Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21 / Op. 61
As part of the Salzburger Festspiele’s 2021 summer festival, the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner will perform alongside the Camerata Salzburg and a cast of soloists and narrators in two concerts of early Romantic German music at the Haus für Mozart. The first programme consists of music exclusively by Robert Schumann, including the composer’s musical version of Lord Byron’s poem Manfred, which features the German actor Jens Harzer as the narrator. The second programme, dedicated to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, will see the Monteverdi Choir exploring the pagan rituals of Druids in Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and turning into fairies for the famous incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work they recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2016 to critical acclaim.