Anniversaries and birthdays will drive some of the more ambitious programs next summer at Tanglewood. The 200th anniversary of the births of Wagner and Verdi will be honored, respectively, with a concert performance of Act III of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” and a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. Britten’s “Curlew River” will be performed to mark his centenary, and John Harbison’s 75th birthday will be celebrated with a performance by Emmanuel Music of his opera “The Great Gatsby.” These and other details of the 76th Tanglewood season were announced today by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Verdi’s Requiem will be led by Andris Nelsons, a conductor thought to be in contention for the BSO’s music director post. Two other musicians also discussed in connection with the BSO’s conductor search will be appearing at Tanglewood: Stéphane Denève returns with a program of Strauss and Poulenc, and Vladimir Jurowski makes his Tanglewood debut leading Wagner, Liszt, and Beethoven. Wagner’s “Die Walküre” will be led by Lothar Koenigs, and will feature a cast that includes Bryn Terfel, Katarina Dalayman, and Amber Wagner. “Curlew River” will be performed at the Tanglewood Music Center and directed by Mark Morris as part of a double bill with Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.”