Photo: Nadja Sjöström
The next season at Konserthuset Stockholm is filled with over 200 concerts and numerous highlights.
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Konserthuset Stockholm are ready for an intensive concert season. It all begins with Carl Orff’s spectacular Carmina Burana under the baton of Chief Conductor Designate Ryan Bancroft – the young American who has already delighted audiences.
“It’s incredibly hard to put into words what it means to me to be appointed chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Ryan Bancroft when the news was announced.“I am moved, elated, overjoyed – and every other superlative in between.”
Before Ryan Bancroft formally takes over as chief conductor in autumn 2023, his involvement with the orchestra will shift into gear. There will be many opportunities to get to know him better: in the next season, he will be conducting no fewer than four productions with the orchestra, in a total of eight concerts. The final concert in May 2023 includes Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – a masterpiece to which we look forward. And his expressed desire to highlight Swedish music manifests in orchestral works by Lisa Streich and Laura Netzel’s Piano Concerto. In addition, Ryan Bancroft has begun to learn Swedish.
Executive & Artistic Director Stefan Forsberg is filled with energy and faith in the future, a feeling that audiences seem to share, he says.
“Already during this past year, which continued to be impacted by the pandemic, we noticed all this longing for live concerts. It is therefore enormously gratifying to be able to welcome audiences to an incredible season at Konserthuset. I hope we will be able to fill the auditoriums to the last seat. I also see ahead of me a true party for the people at Gärdet in August, now that the outdoor philharmonic concert is finally returning after a two-year break.”
Summer’s exhibition at Konserthuset will present work by Kent Wisti. Kent Wisti is a priest and artist who has become an enormously popular satirist.
Soprano Diana Damrau, a superstar from the world’s leading opera stages, will be at the Nobel Prize Concert in December. On the vocalist side, the lied subscription will also be star-studded, with Bryn Terfel as well as Ian Bostridge (in a special performance of Winterreise!) and Nina Stemme. The piano subscription also opens strong, with none other than the masterful Khatia Buniatishvili. Speaking of masters, Herbert Blomstedt turns 95 in summer 2022 and will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the autumn. Both of the orchestra’s conductor laureates, Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert, will be conducting several concerts each.
This season’s many top soloists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Beatrice Rana. Blue House Jazz Orchestra will welcome acclaimed Brazilian-American pianist and singer Eliane Elias. As it should be, the selection offers enormous breadth; we have already known that Benjamin Ingrosso will give two unique concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in September, and in summer 2023, we will finally hear the music from the Studio Ghibli movies.
Autumn’s big international composer festival is dedicated at last to Austrian Olga Neuwirth, which has had to be postponed twice before. Swedish Tobias Broström will be at the centre of spring’s composer weekend. Both festivals include world premieres of new compositions.
As usual, Konserthuset also presents plenty of chamber music, organ concerts, choral singing and world-class Baroque with the popular Orpheus Baroque – not to mention the fact that the large educational selection no longer involves just school weeks, but many different types of projects and digital initiatives.