Verbier Festival debut for Olena Tokar and Luis Gomes

Rising stars Olena Tokar and Luis Gomes make their Verbier debuts on 2 August 2015, performing the roles of Mimi and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème in a semi-staged performance at the Église.

Olena and Luis are two of a handful of young singers selected as members of the Verbier Festival Academy, which nurtures and develops some of the world’s most promising vocal talent.
Also making her first appearance at the festival is Joyce DiDonato, who joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to perform Berlioz Les nuits d’été at the opening concert on 17 July 2015
Sir András Schiff makes two appearances at the festival. He joins the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Gábor Takács-Nagy for a performance of Bartók’s Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 3 on 18 July and performs works by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert in a solo recital on 21 July.
Mikhail Petrenko returns to Verbier for two concerts. In a collaborative evening with a string quartet and piano, Petrenko will perform works by Arenski, Borodin and Tchaikovsky alongside Alexander Melnikov and Mischa Maisky (19 July). On 21 July, he gives a recital dedicated to the melodies of Rachmaninov accompanied by pianist Denis Matsuev.
James Baillieu accompanies British tenor Mark Padmore for his first appearance at the festival in a recital including works by Purcell, Schubert and Tippett (20 July).
Christiane Karg makes her debut singing Bach’s St Matthew Passion alongside Christopher Maltman, closing the first week of the festival on 24 July
On 25 July, there is a unique opportunity to hear Angela Gheorghiu in the intimate setting of the Église accompanied by the young Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić. 

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