Mozart operas, populist CSO programs on tap at Ravinia Festival this summer

Thu Mar 24, 2022 at 5:45 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Marin Alsop opens the CSO’s summer season at Ravinia on July 15. Photo: Patrick Gipson/Ravinia

The Ravinia Festival will present two complete Mozart operas in its 2022 season, which was announced in its entirety Thursday morning.

“Ravinia is the premier music destination each summer for listeners of all generations,” said Jeffrey P. Haydon, Ravinia’s president and CEO in a released statement. “We have a robust lineup of more than 100 events ranging from global music, jazz, country, and hip-hop, to indie rock, pop, family shows, and of course, classical, featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in residence. We also have chamber music and recitals, films with live scores, our annual celebration of Mexican music and culture, reggae, and American Songbook—truly something for everyone!” 

As always, the principal classical attraction is that Ravinia is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which will be in residence six weeks in 2022.

Former Ravinia music director James Conlon will return to reprise his CSO performances of Mozart operas in the Martin Theatre. 

Conlon will direct performances of Don Giovanni August 11 and 13 with a cast of Lucas Meachem, Craig Colclough, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Saimir Pirgu, Nicole Car, and Kristinn Sigmundsson. La Clemenza di Tito will be presented August 12 and 14 with Matthew Polenzani, Guangqun Yu, Emily D’Angelo and Janai Brugger.

Ravinia chief conductor Marin Alsop will direct four weeks of populist programs in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts.

The CSO summer residency opens July 15 with Alsop leading a program of Julia Perry’s Study for Orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Stewart Goodyear. The next night features the Marcus Roberts Trio in Roberts’ Rhapsody in D and Dvořák’s “New World” symphony. 

On July 17 Alsop leads the CSO in Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony and Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony (with visual projections). Alsop leads Brahms’ German Requiem with soloists Yeree Suh and Matthias Goerne on July 22.

The previously announced “Breaking Barriers” initiative promoting women conductors presents a CSO concert July 29 with Alsop, Anna Duczmal-Mróz, and Laura Jackson conducting music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet along with the CSO premieres of Jessie Montgomery’s Source Code and Michael Daugherty’s Time Machine for three conductors. On July 30, Alsop leads the CSO in Golijov’s Rose of the Winds with Silk Road Ensemble musicians and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish.”

Other significant classical events include what will likely be the final local appearance of the retiring Emerson String Quartet on June 28 (Barber, Brahms and Schubert), baritone Matthias Goerne singing Schubert lieder on July 26, and fast-rising young Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev on August 4.

Tickets go on sale May 4.

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