The new Festival boss Alexander Pereira will give the Israel Philharmonic its first showcase at the elite event, as part of a new series of annual engagements with different faiths, starting with Judaism.
I’m not sure if it was announced this morning, but I hear that the Israel Phil under Zubin Mehta are expected to perform Mechaye Hametim by Noam Sheriff, a Holocaust memorial oratorio originally premiered by Placido Domingo (video clip here).
On the opera front, the big, bold departure is Bernd-Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and no big stars in the cast. Box office might take a while to catch fire.
Here’s Der Standard‘s summary