The first three nights of the 2010 BBC Proms, announced today, consist of
– Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek;
– Bryn Terfel singing Hans Sachs in a Welsh concert staging of Wagner’s Mastersingers of Nuremberg;
– and Placido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra in a production transferred from the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
The cost of a weekend ticket for these three shows – if you’re quick and lucky enough to land one – is as little as £12.50 ($19). Nowhere on earth can prime performance be heard for such a minimal outlay. Booking opens on May 4, right here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2010/booking/
If you don’t manage to score these top tickets, here are the ten Lebrecht unmissables from this year’s 76 events, priced from £5 upwards:
Prom 19 31 July Sondheim at 80, with Terfel, Maria Friedman, Simon Russell Beale
Prom 26 5 Aug Gergiev conducts Mahler 4, followed by Mahler 5
Prom 34 10 Aug Vienna Night: Schreker, Korngold, Mahler 7; cond Metzmacher
Bach Day 14 Aug Complete Brandenburg concertos, cond J E Gardiner
Prom 42 17 Aug Pärt, Britten, Huw Watkins, Shostakovich, cond. Ed Gardner
Prom 46 20 Aug Mosolov, Pärt, Ravel, Scriabin, cond. Salonen
Prom 47 20 Aug Cage, Cardew, Skempton, Feldman, cond. Volkov
Prom 52 24 Aug Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Grimaud and Ashkenazy
Prom 61 31 Aug Glyndebourne’s Hansel and Gretel with Alice Coote and Lydia Teuscher
Prom 66 4 Sep Rattle and Berlin Phil in Strauss 4 Last Songs (Mattila), Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.