The programme of our 2023/24 season is conscious of the insecurities of our present times, yet represents the ties that bind us to our musical and cultural heritage and its existential importance. It offers compositions that do not attempt to devise alternate realities, such as the classical works by Haydn or Mozart; in addition, it features symphonies that represent extremes, attempts to come to terms with the power of realities.” Kent Nagano, Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra 
The 2023/24 concert season of the Philharmonic State Orchestra centres on the symphony and the development of symphonic genre throughout music history. Chief conductor Kent Nagano opens the season at the end of August with the Philharmonic Academy, comprising concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, the Laeiszhalle and on Rathausmarkt. For the first of the Philharmonic Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, the Philharmonic State Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 under the baton of Kent Nagano.The Hamburg State Opera opens the ninth season of Georges Delnon’s tenure on September 16, 2023 with Modest P. Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov in a new production by Frank Castorf and conducted by Kent Nagano. The title role is performed by Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Prince Shuysky by Matthias Klink and Pimen by Vitalij Kowaljow. It has now become a beloved tradition that the opening premiere is broadcast live (with a delay) onto a cinema screen on Jungfernstieg; this event is part of the Binnenalster Film Festival and takes place in cooperation with the Filmfest Hamburg, City Management Hamburg and the “Verein lebendiger Jungfernstieg”. The District of Harburg will also broadcast the State Opera’s premiere with a slight delay onto a screen on Rathausplatz in Harburg.With the premiere of Salome on October 29, 2023, Dmitri Tcherniakov once again stages an opera by Richard Strauss in Hamburg. Asmik Grigorian takes on the title role; Kyle Ketelsen returns to Hamburg as Jochanaan; John Daszak sings the role of Herodes and Violeta Urmana that of Herodias. Kent Nagano conducts.As part of the 2024 International Hamburg Music Festival, the Hamburg State Opera, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and HamburgMusik join forces to present three performances of Olivier Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise at the Main Auditorium of the Elbphilharmonie, starting on June 2, 2024. Kent Nagano conducts; the performances will be staged by Thomas Jürgens, Julia Mottel and Georges Delnon. Anna Prohaska appears as L’Ange, Johannes Martin Kränzle as St. François and Ioan Hotea as Le Lépreux. Saint François d’Assise is the first new opera production of State Opera Hamburg to be presented at the Elbphilharmonie’s Main Auditorium.The large subscription series of the ten Philharmonic Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie (for which subscriptions and individual tickets are available) begins on September 24/25, 2023: the First Philharmonic Concert features Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Anton Webern’s Im Sommerwind and sacred vocal music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance under the baton of Kent Nagano and the chorus LauschWerk, prepared by Martin Steidler. The Second Philharmonic Concert, also conducted by Kent Nagano, follows on October 8/9, 2023 and includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, George Benjamin and a world premiere by Helen Grime.Even before the First Philharmonic concert, the Philharmonic State Orchestra gives numerous additional performances: as in past years, the season begins in late August with the Academy Concerts, this time at the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle. They feature Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre under the baton of Ulrich Windfuhr (in cooperation with the HfMT), the Moses Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Clemens Malich (in cooperation with “The Young ClassX”) as well as chamber musicians of the Philharmonic State Orchestra. The traditional Open Air Concert with Kent Nagano takes place on September 2, 2023 on Rathausmarkt: Mari Kodama plays Ludwig von Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2; this is flanked by Franz Schubert’s Great Symphony in C-major.As in past years, the morning of New Year’s Eve sees a concert celebrating the new year; February 2024 will feature three Themed Concerts in cooperation with the Max Planck Society, and in early June 2024, Saint François d’Assise (Franciscan Scenes) by Olivier Messiaen, a project of Kent Nagano and Georges Delnon, forms part of the Hamburg International Music Festival.
The brochure of the 2023/24 season of the Philharmonic State Orchestra can be found here. The season brochure of the Hamburg State Opera here.