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Kennedy Center announces National Symphony, Washington National Opera 2012-13 seasons

Kennedy Center announces National Symphony, Washington National Opera 2012-13 seasons

The music portion of the Kennedy Center's 2012-2013 season, announced Tuesday, includes a rich assortment of repertoire led by Christoph Eschenbach in his third season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and a trio of dynamic sopranos fueling Washington National Opera's productions.

Just during his first few programs in the fall, Eschenbach will conduct Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis," works by Wagner, Bruckner's Seventh, Dvoark's Seventh and Peter Lieberson's "Neruda Songs" (with mezzo Kelley O'Connor), among other things.

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Eschenbach will also participate in the Center's Nordic Cool 2013 festival, conducting works by Sibelius, Lindberg and Saariaho.

Symphonies by Shostakovich and Schnittke also are on Eschenbach's list; he and the NSO will take them to Carnegie Hall as well.

Guest artists include ...

Lang Lang, who will appear in several programs, including Beethoven concertos and a dual piano recital with Eschenbach. Other soloists on the roster: pianists Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter; and mezzo mezzo Anne-Sophie von Otter.

Guest conductors include John Adams, leading his "City Noir" on a program with pianist Jeremy Denk; and Vasily Petrenko and Jaap van Zweden, who will participate in a new Chicago Symphony-developed format, "Beyond the Score," which incorporates a multimedia presentation about, and complete performance of, a major work.

Washington National Opera's season is heavy on works in Italian: Donizetti's "Anna Bolena," Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," and Bellini's "Norma," with the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein classic "Show Boat" and a family production of Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" (with current and former members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program) providing a linguistic and stylistic switch.

"Norma" will star Angela Meade, the much admired young soprano who seems poised for a major career; she will also be heard in a recital as part of the season lineup.

Two dynamic, well-established sopranos will also be featured during the season: Sondra Radvanovsky in "Anna Bolena," Patricia Racette in "Manon Lescaut."

"Don Giovanni" will star Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, with Paulo Szot, Tony-winning star of "South Pacific" on Broadway, taking the part for one performance.

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"Show Boat," directed by WNO artistic advisor Francesca Zambello (this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago just opened to mixed reviews), will feature Rod Gilfry and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

The company's popular Celebrity Concert Series will offer performances by soprano Diana Damrau and baritone Nathan Gunn.

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