Kent Nagano | Season Announcement 2017/18 Philharmonic State Orchestra and State Opera Hamburg


On 11 April 2017, Kent Nagano, General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra, together with GeorgesDelnon, director of the State Opera Hamburg, and John Neumeier, director of the Hamburg Ballet, announced their season 2017/18.

Even before the official start of the opera and concert season, the Philharmonic Academy, as in the past two years, features music by composers who lived and worked in Hamburg, such as Telemann and Ligeti. On 2 and 10 September 2017, Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra present two Academy days of concerts at the Laeiszhalle and – another premiere – at the Planetarium in Hamburg’s “Stadtpark”.

For the season opening at the State Opera, stage director Achim Freyer will present a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal, conducted by Kent Nagano. The premiere will take place on 16 September 2017. Furthermore Nagano will have the musical direction of a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio in February 2018, staged by Georges Delnon.

The General Music Director Kent Nagano will conduct the following revivals in season 2017/18:

Berg‘s Wozzeck, the Ballet Turangalîla by Messiaen, Puccini‘s Madama Butterfly, Mozart‘s Magic Flute, Wagner‘s Walküre, Berg‘s Lulu as well as Toshio Hosokawa‘sStilles Meer.

The DVD Stilles Meer has been released on DVD in March 2017 (Euroarts). Please don’t hesitate to order your pr copy of this release.

Amongst others, Kent Nagano will conduct the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg on the 1st Philharmonic Concert with Haydn’s Jahreszeiten, at a special concert on the occasion of the Internationales Musikfest Hamburg in April 2018 with works byOckeghem, Messiaen, Pärt etc., as well as at the 8th Philharmonic Concert with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5.

The Philharmonic’s chamber music series celebrates its 50-year anniversary on 1 October 2017 with a surprise program involving Kent Nagano. It is the last performance at the Laeiszhalle’s Small Auditorium for the foreseeable future. After half a century at Hamburg’s tradition-steeped concert hall, the chamber music series then moves to the chamber music hall of the Elbphilharmonie.

Please find the season brochures here:

Hamburg State Opera
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

On this year’s Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017, Kent Nagano will premiere Strauss’ Frauohne Schatten, staged by Andreas Kriegenburg. Please read more about it here.

A few days later, on 20 April 2017, Erzittre, feiger Bösewicht, a sort of reformulation of Mozart’s Magic Flute and musical theatre for young people, will be premiered under the baton of the General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera. Please find more information on this production here.

Find below Kent Nagano’s concert dates at the Hamburg State Opera as well as at theElbphilharmonie within the next months:


16 April                                   Hamburg, State Opera
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten               Premiere
Andreas Kriegenburg – Stage Director
Roberto Saccà – Tenor
Emily Magee – Soprano
Linda Watson – Soprano
Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera
Further Performances: 23, 29 April, 4, 7 May


20 April                                   Hamburg, State Opera, Rehearsal Stage 1

Mozart: Erzittre, feiger Bösewicht!
Georges Delnon – Stage Director
fettFilm – Video
Janina Zell – Dramaturgy
Eva Binkle – Pedagogic of Musical Theatre
Further Performances: 22, 23, 25, 27, 30 April, 3, 6, 7 May


21 April                                   Hamburg, State Opera
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Further Performances: 26 April, 2, 5 May


28 April                                   Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Mayor, „Symphonie der Tausend“
Sarah Wegener – Soprano
Jacquelyn  Wagner – Soprano
Heather Engebretson – Soprano
Daniela Sindram – Alto
Dorottya Láng – Alto
Burkhard Fritz – Tenor
Kartal Karagedik – Baritone
Wilhelm Schwinghammer – Bass
Hamburger Alsterspatzen
State Choir Latvija
Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera
Eberhard Friedrich – Chorus
rosalie – Lichtskulptur
Further Performances: 30 April, 1 May


18, 19 June                              Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
10th Philharmonic Concert
Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder
Torsten Kerl – Waldemar
Dorothea Röschmann – Tove
Claudia Mahnke – Waldtaube
Wilhelm Schwinghammer – Bauer
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke – Klaus Narr
MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera
Eberhard Friedrich – Chorus


8 July                                      Hamburg, The Hamburg Ballet
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
Messiaen: Turangalîla
John Neumeier – Choreography







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