Maxim Vengerov on tour with the Polish Chamber Orchestra

This month, Maxim Vengerov joins the Polish Chamber Orchestra for a nine-city European tour, November 7 through 19. Serving as violinist and conductor, Maxim both leads the orchestra and guests as a soloist in works by Tchaikovsky and Mozart, including the latter’s Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, as well as the former’s Sérénade mélancolique, Souvenir d’un lieu cher, and Valse-Scherzo.

Tour stops include Madrid (November 7), Baden-Baden (November 8), Berlin (November 10), Essen (November 12), Cologne (November 13), Antwerp (November 16), Birmingham (November 17), London (November 18) and Munich (November 19).

Olga Borodina performs Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death

On October 28, Olga Borodina joins Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in St. Petersburg. Performing at the Mariinsky Theatre, Olga will sing Mussorgsky’s famed and fraught Songs and Dances of Death, a setting of texts by Arseny Golenischev-Kutuzov. The evening’s program also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, Schéhérazade. 

Olga Borodina performs Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette in St. Petersburg and Vienna

Olga Borodina spends much of her fall with the repertoire of Berlioz, beginning with concert performances of the composer’s dramatic choral symphony Roméo et Juliette in St. Petersburg (October 19) and Vienna (October 25). Valery Gergiev leads both performances with the orchestra and chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, which is where October 19’s performance takes place. Olga’s appearance in Vienna will be at the city’s ornate Konzerthaus. Further performances of the work, as well as Berlioz’s opera La Damnation de Faust, can be heard in London this November.

Maxim Vengerov heard in Belarus, Israel, and Turkey this month

October sees Maxim Vengerov in Belarus, Israel, and Turkey both in concert and in his capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. On October 12, Maxim makes his Minsk debut as part of the 8th International Yuri Bashmet Festival. In the festival’s closing concert, he will perform romantic miniatures as well as Brahms’s Scherzo in C Minor, Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor, and Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major.

Following a recital in Haifa with pianist Vag Papian on October 26, Maxim travels to Turkey. As part of his work with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, he will perform on October 28 and continue work with the foundation the following day.

Olga Borodina returns to the Vienna Staatsoper in Aida

Olga Borodina returns to the Vienna Staatsoper’s much-loved production of Verdi’s Aida, October 9–18. Presented as part of the Staatsoper’s celebration of Verdi in the year of his bicentennial, the production stars Olga as Egyptian princess Amneris opposite Marcello Giordani as Radames and Kristin Lewis in the title role. Dan Ettinger conducts the performances.

Olga made her debut at the Staatsoper earlier this year in the same production, directed by Nicolas Joel. Of that performance, Kurier wrote that she is “an almost ideal Amneris with a vocally expressive, powerful, and richly-colored mezzo.” She also recently sang the role at the Metropolitan Opera.