The Toronto Symphony announced its 2015/16 season line up this morning. From a choral and vocal music perspective the items of most interest were:
- A “semi-staged” Mozart Requiem to be directed by Joel Ivany. That’s scheduled for January 21st to 23rd next year with soloists Lydia Teuscher, Allyson McHardy, Frédéric Antoun and Philippe Sly. Bernard Labadie will conduct. I’m very curious to see what Joel does with this.
- Handel’s Messiah in the extremely non-baroque Andrew Davis orchestration. He will also conduct. The soloists are Erin Wall, Liz DeShong, Andrew Staples and John Relyea. This one is being recorded live for the Chandos label. It runs December 15th to 20th this year.
- Barbara Hannigan appears as both soprano and conductor. On October 7th and 8th she has a program of Nono, Haydn, Mozart, Ligeti and Stravinsky.
- Russell Braun shows up with Erin Wall for a performance of Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony on October 21st and 24th and again during the New Creations Festival where he will sing Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hellgate.