New York City
The Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle perform at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 1–6;) before participating in director Peter Sellars’s visionary staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 7–8).
At the L.A. Opera, two masterpieces with formidable female protagonists—Purcell’s exquisite Dido and Aeneas and Bartók’s lush Bluebeard’s Castle—form a double bill directed by Barrie Kosky (Oct. 25–Nov. 15).
After a 15-month lockout, the superb Minnesota Orchestra is back with a season that begins with—what else?—Mahler’s epic “Resurrection” Symphony, led by reinstated music director Osmo Vänskä (Sept. 26–28), followed by a three-week Richard Strauss festival (Oct. 9–25).
U.S. and Europe
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs Elgar’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto with several orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony (Sept. 19–20), Philharmonia in London (Oct. 11–12), the Cleveland Orchestra (Nov. 6–9), and the Dallas Symphony (Nov. 14–16).