Lincoln Center Announces Great Performers Season

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The 2006-07 season of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series will include the New York premiere of Peter Sellars, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Bill Viola's The Tristan Project, the center announced.

The series will also showcase the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, Bach, and Steve Reich in a fall mini-festival.

The Tristan Project, a multimedia version of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, was first seen in concert, over three evenings, in Los Angeles in December 2004; a fully staged version debuted at the Paris Opera in April 2005.

Lincoln Center will present the opera starting April 27, 2007, in a custom performance space in the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue in Manhattan. It will be presented twice as a stand-alone performance and once divided into three installments as it was in Los Angeles. In the three-evening version, each act of the opera will be paired with a work by Debussy.

Sellars directs the production, which features video art by Viola drawing on the themes of the opera. Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The Great Performers season will begin in October with a six-week festival themed "Voices and Visionaries," to include a complete Beethoven symphony cycle performed by the London Symphony Orchestra led by Bernard Haitink; a portion of the citywide festival celebrating composer Steve Reich's 70th birthday (see PlaybillArts's previous report for more details); a series of films of pianist Glenn Gould in performance; the completion of Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra's two-year Shostakovich symphony cycle; all-Mozart concerts with pianist Andršs Schiff as conductor and pianist; and late-night Bach recitals.

Visiting orchestras on the season schedule include the Russian National Orchestra, the Hall_ Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic of Russia, as well as three chamber ensembles: Schiff's Cappella Andrea Barca, William Christie's Les Arts Florissants, and Philippe Herreweghe's Collegium Vocale Gent Choir and Orchestre, performing Bach's St. John Passion on period instruments.

The recital series includes performances by pianist Garrick Ohlsson, violinist Midori, pianist Murray Perahia, and violinist Itzhak Perlman, as well as vocalists Magdelena Kozenš, Angelika Kirschlager, Barbabra Bonney, and St_phane Degout. Soprano Barbara Frittoli will make her New York recital debut.

Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra will give its annual performances of rarities and thematic programs, including a concert version of Schreker's opera Der ferne Klang on April 15, 2007.

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