2022-2023 Fall Season OverviewSep 4, 2022
Fall begins with Rafael Payare’s inaugural season as Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM). Joined by vocal soloists Dorothea Röschmann and Karen Cargill, they kick off 2022-23 with Mahler’s Second Symphony (“Resurrection”), paired with the world premiere of Time, a new OSM co-commission from his countryman, Thomas Larcher (Sep 14–17).
Symphonies by Shostakovich and Mahler anchor both Payare’s upcoming international OSM tours. Their first European tour together takes them to five great musical capitals in collaboration with violinist Augustin Hadelich, pianists Vikingur Ólafsson and Bruce Liu, and the choristers of the Wiener Singakademie this fall. This sees the conductor and orchestra perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus (Oct 24) and Brussels’s BOZAR (Oct 27), as well as undertaking Shostakovich’s Tenth in Zagreb (Oct 21), in Budapest (Oct 22), at the Vienna Konzerthaus (Oct 23) and at London’s Royal Festival Hall (Oct 28), after preview performances in Montreal (Oct 12 & 13).
Payare and the orchestra also join the OSM Chorus, a full cast of actors, and award-winning director Catherine Vidal for a staged adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that intersperses Mendelssohn’s beloved incidental music with excerpts from the Shakespeare comedy (Sep 21 & 22). To round out their first autumn lineup, he helms a Bach cantata matinee (Sep 24 & 25).
In addition, Payare kicks off the fourth season of his directorship of San Diego Symphony Orchestra with Verdi’s Requiem, featuring vocal soloists Leah Crocetto, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Limmie Pulliam and Aleksey Bogdanov with the San Diego Master Chorale at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park(Oct 1 & 2). Payare’s fall SDSO collaborations also include performances of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante with Alisa Weilerstein (Oct 7), Brahms’s First Symphony and Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with Marc-André Hamelin (Nov 17), and a return to the Rady Shell for the U.S. premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Time, an SDSO co-commission. This shares the program with Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, featuring Emanuel Ax, and Shostakovich’s Twelfth Symphony, “The Year 1917” (Nov 12 & 13).