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Twelve internationally acclaimed artists, including mezzo Joyce DiDonato and conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, will make their CSO debuts next season:

Conductor-violinist Fabio Biondi: The founder of Europa Galante, an internationally renowned Italian ensemble specializing in music of the Baroque, makes his CSO debut as soloist and conductor. His all-Italian Baroque program, with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux as soloist, consists of Corelli’s Concerto grosso in D Major, and eight additional works by Vivaldi, Giacomelli, Ariosti, Veracini and Corelli, which the CSO will perform for the first time. (Feb. 9-11)

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly: A fellow of the Royal College of Music, where she studied piano and voice, she has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others. She will join Bernard Haitink, the CSO’s former principal guest conductor, and tenor Stephen Gould, in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. (March 30-31 and April 1)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato: The toast of opera stages worldwide, she will join the CSO, under Riccardo Muti, in Martucci’s La canzone dei ricordi, which the CSO will be performing for the first time. Completing this program are Catalani’s Contemplazione and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. (Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1)

Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša: Chief conductor designate of the Bamberg Symphony and permanent guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, he will lead the CSO in Smetana’s six symphonic poems of Má vlast. (May 18-20)

Soprano Christiane Karg: She joins guest conductor Jaap van Zweden, baritone Michael Nagy and the Chicago Symphony Chorus in Brahms’ A German Requiem. Karg made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, and returned to work with Riccardo Muti there as Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. (Nov. 10-12)

Conductor Emmanuel Krivine: The new principal guest conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will lead the CSO in a program of Liszt, Dvořák and Prokofiev, with Denis Kozhukhin as soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concert No. 2. (Nov. 17-19 and 22)

Soprano Regula Mühlemann: The Swiss native will appear in a program of Mozart arias, under guest conductor Manfred Honeck. (June 8-10 and 13)

Baritone Michael Nagy: A rising star in Europe, where he appears regularly with the Frankfurt Opera, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, he joins guest conductor Jaap van Zweden, soprano Christiane Karg and the Chicago Symphony Chorus in Brahms’ A German Requiem. (Nov. 10-12)

Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada: The music director of the Houston Symphony, chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra will lead the CSO in works by Sibelius, Kodály, Ives and Richard Strauss. (Oct. 27-30)

Soprano Chen Reiss: The Israeli native will join the CSO in Faure’s Requiem, led by Charles Dutoit. She has performed with major orchestras around the world under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, James Levine and Franz Welser-Möst. (April 13-15)

Violinist Baiba Skride: The Latvian native, who will perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto under guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, has performed with the Berlin and London philharmonics, the Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony, and is artist-in-residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. (Oct. 27-30)

Conductor Juraj Valčuha: The chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino will conduct works by Haydn, Johann Strauss Jr. and Richard Strauss, as well as Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff as soloist. (June 1 and 3-4)

TOP: Acclaimed mezzo Joyce DiDonato will make her long-awaited CSO debut in September with a program of songs by Catalani and Martucci.