2021 features the best of Aotearoa New Zealand alongside some of the most recognised international names in classical music. Renowned conductors Vasily Petrenko, Asher Fisch and James Judd will join talented New Zealanders Holly Mathieson, Gemma New and NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich for the Orchestra’s 2021 Season.

Acclaimed New Zealand pianists Stephen De Pledge and Diedre Irons, soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Paul Whelan are among the soloists to perform with the Orchestra in 2021.

On the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s death, the NZSO pays tribute to the ground-breaking composer with some of his most famous works. Petrushka, The Firebird and The Rite Of Spring all feature in the 2021 Podium Series. Other highlights include Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique, piano concertos from Mozart and Ravel, contemporary works from Toru Takemitsu and Anna Clyne, and much more. The season closes with Beethoven’s masterful Missa Solemnis.

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Podium Series – Rite of Spring

Podium Series – Solemnis