Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Stephan Rabold)

Simon Rattle conducts Haydn and Stravinsky

“I’m crazy about Haydn,” Simon Rattle once said. And in fact, there are few other conductors with such a deep understanding of this composer, of his diverse sound world, his original humour. During this performance, Sir Simon conducts the Symphony No. 102, which is striking because of its tentative, heartfelt slow movement. Igor Stravinsky is also extremely important to Simon Rattle, who presents unfamiliar facets of the composer with a Stravinsky Journey he compiled himself. Let yourself be surprised!

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Anna Lapkovskaja mezzo-soprano

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 102 in B flat major

Igor Stravinsky

Strawinsky Journey, arranged by Sir Simon Rattle:

Anna Lapkovskaja mezzo-soprano

Dates and Tickets

Thu, 19 May 2022, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:15

Series I

Fri, 20 May 2022, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:15

Series M


Sir Simon Rattle

Drumming, then playing the piano, eventually conducting recordings – Sir Simon Rattle has been obsessed with music since his earliest childhood. At four he began to learn percussion, later adding piano and violin. By the age of 16, he was already studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – first as principal conductor and artistic adviser, then as music director – made the Liverpool native famous. At his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1987, he won them over with his energetic conducting style, his unconditional passion for music and his artistic visions. That made him the strongest candidate to succeed Claudio Abbadio in 2002. During his 16-year tenure, Sir Simon was, with his musicians, responsible for many important initiatives setting the orchestra’s future course: founding the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Foundation), creating the Education programme as well as the Digital Concert Hall video portal and the label Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings. Along with the symphony cycles of Sibelius, Mahler, Brahms, Schumann and Beethoven, the collaboration’s high points included stagings by Peter Sellars of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion as well as the introduction of “Late Night” concerts. Since the end of his tenure, Sir Simon Rattle – currently music director of the London Symphony Orchestra and designated principal conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – has continued to maintain close ties with the Berliner Philharmoniker. By no means have all the fruits of their prolific artistic affiliation already been harvested.  

Anna Lapkovskaja

She has a pleasantly warm voice, which – in the words of a critic – “soars from a dark, almost virile-sounding chest register to clear, luminous heights.” He was talking about Anna Lapkovskaja, who thrills international audiences with a “wonderfully colourful, full-bodied and authoritative mezzo” (Leipziger Volkszeitung). Even in supporting roles, she is able to “elevate” them “to a leading vocal role” with a masterful, velvety legato (Berliner Morgenpost). Anna Lapkovskaja, who was born in Minsk and grew up in Munich, studied operatic and concert singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and the August Everding Bavarian Theater Academy. She made her debut in 2011 in the role of Masha in Peter Eötvös’ Tri Sestri (Three Sisters) at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where she has appeared regularly since then – as Dunyasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride and as Magdalena in Die Meistersinger, among other roles. Anna Lapkovskaja collaborates closely with Sir Simon Rattle, under whom she has appeared in several works by Leoš Janáček: as Varvara in Kátya Kabanová at the Staatsoper in Berlin, as Lapák/Mrs. Páskova in The Cunning Little Vixen with the Berliner Philharmoniker and in the Glagolitic Mass at the Philharmonie Berlin.

Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Stephan Rabold)


Be well prepared for the concert with our introductory lectures!