Proms 2013 launch, with Barenboim Ring and audience-expanding initiatives

- 18 April 2013

Who’s there: BBC orchestral players, composer and sitar player Nishat Khan, Proms presenter Katie Derham, singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews, and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, flanked by two Daleks
Photo: BBC/Robert Viglasky

The Proms 2013 season has been announced, with a Daniel Barenboim-conducted Ring cycle &#8210 a first for the Proms in its 119-year history &#8210 the most high-profile event. Tickets go on sale at 9am on 11 May.

With the Barenboim Ring as well as performances of Tristan and Isolde, Tannhäuser and Parsifal, Wagner is thus the more prominent of 2013’s two bicentenerian composers: Verdi is represented by Viva Verdi, with Antonio Pappano conducting his orchestra and chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome in a programme including the Requiem and Four Sacred Pieces; and with a selection of the composer’s operatic overtures and arias featuring last year’s star of the Last Night, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, in a concert also featuring Tchaikovsky’s Manfred.

The first-ever free evening concert will see the National Youth Orchestra, Irish Youth Chamber Choir, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Derry-Londonderry-based chamber choir Codetta performing Beethoven’s ninth symphony and a new commission from Mark Anthony Turnage.

BBC Proms Season Launch 2013: trailer

Marin Alsop will become the first woman ever to conduct the last night, when she will be joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato who will lead the traditional aspects of the Last Night celebrations.

Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 3’s Tom Service will reunite their occasional on-air partnership to co-present the 6 Music Prom, in which the London Sinfonietta will be joined by The Stranglers, mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany and singers Cerys Matthews and Laura Marling playing works by Varèse, Berio, John Adams and Anna Meredith.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be joined by singers Fazer, Laura Mvula and Maverick Sabre for the Urban Classic prom, which will be broadcast live on Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra (as well as on Radio 3, as every concert will be).

The Vienna Philharmonic’s traditional annual appearance will be in a programme of Bach and Bruckner’s eighth symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Full listings appeared this afternoon on the festival’s website.

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