Fidelio and Moses und Aron are part of music director James Levine's two-year exploration of Beethoven and Schoenberg, which concludes next season. The cast of Moses und Aron will include John Tomlinson and Philip Langridge in the title roles; Fidelio will star Karita Mattila and Johan Botha.
The Beethoven/Schoenberg project also includes Deborah Voigt in Schoenberg's Erwartung and Beethoven's Ah! perfido and Christian Tetzlaff playing both composers' violin concertos.
Also on Levine's schedule are the world premieres of Charles Wuorinen's Eighth Symphony ("Theologoumena") and Gunther Schuller's yet-to-be named new work, both part of the orchestra's 125th-anniversary commissioning program; performances of Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust with Yvonne Naef, Paul Groves, and Jos_ van Dam; and an opening-night program featuring Ren_e Fleming in Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and James Galway in William Bolcom's Lyric Concerto for Flute and Orchestra.
Additional highlights include the world premiere of a commissioned new work for cello and orchestra by Kaija Saariajo, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste with Anssi Karttunen as soloist; the world premiere of Andr_ Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass, conducted by the composer and Anne-Sophie Mutter and Roman Patkol‹ as soloists; and John Adams' El Niê±o, conducted by David Robertson with Dawn Upshaw performing the solo part she premiered in 2000.
Also among the visiting soloists on the schedule are Anne Sofie von Otter (in Bluebeard's Castle), Lynn Harrell, Emanuel Ax, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim (making his BSO subscription debut as a piano soloist), Yefim Bronfman, Alfred Brendel, and Joshua Bell. Conductors include conductor emeritus Bernard Haitink, Colin Davis, Christoph von D‹hnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, and David Zinman.