The season opens on September 15 with a new production of the 400-year-old Chinese opera The Peony Pavilion. The nine-hour performance will take place over three days.
Opera legends soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and mezzo Frederica von Stade appear in a duo recital on September 21; the program is yet to be announced.
The starry lineup for solo recitals includes violinists Itzhak Perlman and Maxim Vengerov, tenor Rolando Villaz‹n, pianists Krystian Zimmerman and Alfred Brendel, and soprano Dawn Upshaw.
The American premiere of Mark Morris's version of Purcell's King Arthur will feature the Mark Morris Dance Group; Jane Glover will conduct the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and an all-English cast including tenor James Gilchrist. The production debuts at English National Opera in June.
Valery Gergiev will conduct the Kirov Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Alexander Toradze as soloist, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11.
Other highlights include Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist Emanuel Ax, the English Concert led by violinist Andrew Manze, the Tallis Scholars, sitar legend Ravi Shankar, and viola da gambist Jordi Savall.
For tickets and information, visit www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.