The Sydney Opera House has announced the line-up for the 2019 Utzon Music Series, with a wide-ranging list of artists from English tenor Ian Bostridge to the LA Wind Quintet.

“The Utzon Music Series delivers something special to audiences each year, but none more so than 2019,” said Utzon Music Series curator Yarmila Alfonzetti. “We’ll see the return of old friends – Ian Bostridge, the Brodsky Quartet, Andreas Ottensamer – alongside a host of Australian debuts – Wallis Giunta, Trio Wanderer, VOCES8 – and all of them utterly brilliant. Freddy Kempf puts me on the edge of my seat, and I’m a sucker for a smart wind quintet (possibly a failed personal dream).”

Ian Bostridge, Utzon Music Series Ian Bostridge. Photo © Sim Canetty-Clarke

The season opens with Kempf performing a recital of Russian music in the Utzon Room in February, the program featuring music by Prokofiev, Kasputin and Rachmaninov, before the French Trio Wanderer plays Haydn, Dvořák and Rachmaninov in April, the trio making its Australian debut.

In May, the Brodsky Quartet foreshadows its performances at the Canberra International Music Festival with a fugue-laden recital...