The Philharmonic’s New Season: What We Want to Hear

Next season, the New York Philharmonic will give the American premiere of “Fin de Partie,” the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag’s acclaimed opera based on Beckett’s “Endgame,” in a fully staged production conducted by its music director, Jaap van Zweden.

The Kurtag opera promises to be one of the highlights of the Philharmonic’s 2020-21 season, which was announced Wednesday.

The orchestra will also perform new works by Joan Tower, Jessie Montgomery, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Melinda Wagner, Angélica Negrón, Du Yun, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Caroline Shaw. Those pieces are part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s multiyear initiative commissioning 19 works by women to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which barred the states from denying women the right to vote.

The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will participate in several programs over two weeks in February. And the jazz pianist Chick Corea will be the orchestra’s artist in residence, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, with his own cadenzas, and writing a trombone concerto.

I never would have imagined getting excited over a program offering two overplayed Tchaikovsky works: the First Piano Concerto and “Pathétique” Symphony. But the performers here make all the difference. The conductor is Manfred Honeck, who has been winning acclaim for bringing fresh vitality and insight to repertory staples as the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. And the soloist in the concerto is the brilliant and probing young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, in her Philharmonic debut. ANTHONY TOMMASINI

Susanna Malkki is simply one of the most exciting conductors of the day. Each of the three programs she has offered so far with the Philharmonic (starting with her 2015 debut) has been exceptional. For her next, she leads two works by her Finnish forebear Sibelius: “The Oceanides” and the visionary Fifth Symphony. And it should be fun to hear what she makes of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto, featuring the impressive Branford Marsalis. ANTHONY TOMMASINI

The fast-rising conductor Eun Sun Kim’s appointment as the next music director of the San Francisco Opera made history — she will be the first woman to hold the post at an American opera company of its size and stature — so I’m eager to hear her Philharmonic debut. She will lead the pianist Alice Sara Ott in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, in a program that also features Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and the New York premiere of Texu Kim’s “Dub-Sanjo.” MICHAEL COOPER

Herbert Blomstedt will be going on 94 — among the oldest musicians working but undiminished and ever perceptive — when he returns to the Philharmonic to conduct Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5, which hasn’t been heard since 2014, during Alan Gilbert’s enlightening Nielsen survey. Joining for the Schumann will be Igor Levit, no stranger to New York but finally making his debut with this orchestra. JOSHUA BARONE