Symphony Concert 24

Bayerisches Staatsorchester | Kirill Petrenko | Diana Damrau

Wagner | Strauss

Wed, 16327

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Symphony Concert 24

    Bayerisches Staatsorchester | Kirill Petrenko | Diana Damrau

    Kirill Petrenko  conductor
    Diana Damrau  soprano
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Four Last Songs
    Sinfonia domestica Op. 53
    The prima donna in Richard Strauss’s life was named Pauline de Ahna, a soprano. In 1887 the composer met this flirtatious and rather moody daughter of a Bavarian army general, and in 1894, after seven turbulent years of courting, finally married her. He immortalized her in music multiple times, including in his family portrait using a massive orchestra, the Sinfonia domestica, which he composed in 1902-03 – complete with a “scène d’amour,” a quarrel, and a reconciliation. But it was above all Pauline’s silvery, masterfully trained voice that remained Strauss’s ideal in all of his settings – right up to the Four Last Songs of 1948, his swan song. Diana Damrau, a primadonna assoluta for our time who is acclaimed around the world for her performances from bel canto to Strauss, will interpret the work in this concert. Also highly anticipated is the Festival debut of Kirill Petrenko, who has just been named Conductor of the Year by Opernwelt – for the fourth time. And the Bavarian Staatsorchester will also be playing for the first time in Lucerne.

    Bayerisches Staatsorchester

    The Bayerisches Staatsorchester, one of the oldest and most storied orchestras in the world, developed from the Munich Court Orchestra, whose origins can be traced back to 1523. While church music was originally the focus – as for example under the directorship of Orlando di Lasso starting in 1563 – during the course of the 17th century secular concerts and opera productions were also added. Since the middle of the 18th century, music theater has formed the focus of the orchestra, which today has its home at the Bavarian Staatsoper. Among its early high points were the world premieres of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Idomeneo. In 1811 the musicians established the first concert series in Munich with their Academy concerts. The Bayerisches Staats-
    orchester, which has been known by its current name since 1918, has earned a lofty reputation at the na
    tional and international levels through numerous guest appearances and concert tours. Among the many great composers with whom the orchestra has been associated, Richard Wagner stands out. In 1865 Hans von Bülow conducted the world premiere of Tristan und Isolde at the National Theater, and Wagner’s operas Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold, and Die Walküre were likewise first performed in Munich. The sequence of major conductors who have been associated with the orchestra ranges from Richard Strauss through Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch to Sir Georg Solti, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, and Kent Nagano. Carlos Kleiber, who was a frequent guest between 1968 and 1997, also collaborated closely with the musicians. Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Kirill Petrenko has helmed the orchestra as Bavarian General Music Director. In the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons the ensemble was chosen by the magazine Opernwelt as Orchestra of the Year. 

    August 2016

    Kirill Petrenko

    Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in the 2019-20 season. Born in 1972 in Omsk in western Siberia to a violinist father and a musicologist mother, he performed as a pianist with the symphony orchestra of his native city when he was only eleven. In 1990 the family resettled in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he undertook formal music studies at the Vorarlberg Conservatory in Feldkirch, completing them with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, in 1995. Soon after, he was engaged as Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper; in 1997 he became General Music Director at the Meiningen Theater, earning great attention there with a production of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, each of whose parts was premiered on four successive nights. From 2002 to 2007, Petrenko served as General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, and since 2013 he has held the same post at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he will present new productions of Verdi’s Otello and Strauss’s Salome in the 2019–20 season. Petrenko has appeared as a guest conductor at such internationally renowned companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, the Dresden Semperoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Royal Opera in London, the Opéra national de Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He conducted the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festival from 2013 to 2015. In the concert hall, Petrenko has partnered with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London and Israel Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was chosen by both the critics of the magazine Opernwelt and the International Opera Award jury as Conductor of the Year in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut  on 7 September 2016, when Petrenko conducted the Bavarian Staatsorchester in a Wagner-Strauss program.

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    Diana Damrau

    The soprano Diana Damrau was born in Günzburg on the Danube in Germany and undertook her vocal training with Carmen Hanganu in Würzburg and with Hanna Ludwig in Salzburg. Following her first permanent engagements in Würzburg, Mannheim, and Frankfurt, she began her international career in 2002. She maintains a close association with the Bavarian Staatsoper, where she was named a Kammersängerin in 2007. At that company Damrau has performed such roles as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and the four heroines in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. She also appears regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she has performed roles central to her repertoire, such as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Massenet’s Manon, and Mozart’s Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute). Damrau has appeared twice in the season opening production at La Scala in Milan: in the title role of Salieri’s L’Europa riconosciuta (2004) and in La traviata (2013). Additional credits have taken her to the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Opéra National de Paris. Diana Damrau also commands an outstanding reputation as a Strauss performer and has appearedin such rarities as Die schweigsame Frau and Die ägyptische Helena. In the field of contemporary music, she took part in the world premieres of Lorin Maazel’s 1984 and Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress. In the 2016-17 season Damrau will make two important role debuts: as the Countess in Mozart’s Figaro at La Scala in Milan and as Gounod’s Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera. For her recordings she has to date won two Echo Klassik Awards; in 2014 she was named Best Singer in the International Opera Awards. Diana Damrau has been awarded the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.

    August 2016

    18.30 | Introduction by Susanne Stähr | Auditorium

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