Choral Concert 4

musicAeterna orchestra and chorus of Perm Opera | Teodor Currentzis | soloists


Wed, 10.04. | 19.30 | No. 19105

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

06.04.-14.04. 2019




    Choral Concert 4

    musicAeterna orchestra and chorus of Perm Opera | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

    Zarina Abaeva  soprano
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
    Messa da Requiem

    Giuseppe Verdi did not think much of the Church. He found it outrageous that the Vatican claimed political power for itself and was appalled by Rome’s rejection of such values as tolerance and freedom of conscience, as well as by its critical attitude towards Italian Unification. He also had a personal quarrel with God after losing his wife and children at an early age and suddenly finding himself alone. Yet it was this heretic, of all people, who created one of the most shattering and powerful settings of the Catholic Mass of the Dead. You can almost smell the incense in Verdi’s music, which stages the Last Judgement with a graphic naturalism and which celebrates the celestial dimension with the most exhilarating “Sanctus” ever written. And in its most beautiful moments, as in the plea for salvation, it feels as if the sky is actually opening up… Verdi’s magnificent Messa da Requiem is a work that seems to have been created for Teodor Currentzis, since this Greek-Russian conductor is a master of musical truth-telling whose performances tend to radically push the envelope: to heaven and hell.

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    The ensemble musicAeterna, which comprises an orchestra and a chorus, was founded in Novosibirsk in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis with the goal of covering a broad repertoire that ranges from the Baroque up into the present. From 2011 until 2019, the ensemble was headquartered at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater (near the Urals), where it performed annually in a number of productions. Since September 2019 it has been working  independently and financed by the private sector. musicAeterna has developed in recent years into a genuine major export. Together with Teodor Currentzis, the orchestra and chorus have performed in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, Helsinki, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, and, at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, in the latter’s hall at the Philharmonie. Opera productions have taken them to the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Festspielhaus Ba-den-Baden. They also enjoy a close partnership with the Salzburg Festival, where musicAeterna made its debut in 2017 with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito; with Currentzis, the ensemble will return there in coming years to perform Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Bach’s B minor Mass. At the beginning of 2019, the ensemble undertook its first Japanese tour, and later this year comes its debut in New York with Verdi’s Requiem. musicAeterna has premiered a number of new works, including Dmitri Kourliandski’s opera Nosferatu, Philippe Hersant’s Tristia, and Alexei Syumak’s one-act Cantos. The ensemble and Currentzis have released many recordings in recent years, including their highly touted Mozart-Da Ponte cycle comprising Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Così fan tutte (2014), and Don Giovanni (2016). For these and other recordings, they have received the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Echo Klassik, and the Diapason d’or. In addition, musicAeterna has won the Russian National Theater’s Golden Mask Award 17 times.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, performing an all-Rameau program led by Teodor Currentzis.

    August 2019

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    Teodor Currentzis

    Teodor Currentzis, who was born in 1972 in Athens, initially studied violin and composition at the National Conservatory of his native city. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1994, graduating with a master’s degree from the conducting program led by Ilya Musin, the legendary teacher whose conducting students have also included Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev. Currentzis’ first leadership position brought him to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, where he was General Music Director for six years. From 2011 through the summer of 2019, he served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm, where he also helms the Diaghilev Festival. He has won international renown with musicAeterna, an orchestra and chorus that he founded in 2004. With these musicians he has performed at such venues as the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonie. As an opera conductor, Currentzis has appeared at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, Bavarian Staatsoper, Zurich Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in 2017, and he conducted all nine Beethoven symphonies there in 2018 and, in 2019, Mozart’s Idomeneo. Currentzis began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2018; in recent months they have focused on symphonies by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, additionally performing these works at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. With musicAeterna he undertook a tour to Japan for the first time in February 2019. Teodor Currentzis has received the Golden Mask, the Russian National Theater prize, seven times; the critics of Opernwelt magazine voted him Conductor of the Year in 2016. His most recent recording is an account of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, with musicAeterna in an all-Rameau program.

    August 2019

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    Zarina Abaeva

    Russian soprano Zarina Abaeva, who was born in 1986, comes from Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia, where she initially studied with Nelly Khestanova before completing her training with Rusanna Lisitsian at the Moscow Gnessin Institute in 2011. Winner of the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Vocalists’ Competition and the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition, she has been a member of the Perm Opera ensemble since 2012. Abaeva has had great success there as a Tchaikovsky performer in particular, for example, as Iolanta, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Maria in Mazeppa, and Agnès Sorel in The Maid of Orléans. Her repertoire also includes Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and the title roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly as well as in Verdi’s Aida. In the autumn of 2017, she appeared as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

    February 2019

    Ève-Maud Hubeaux

    Dmytro Popov

    Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov began his career at the National Theater in Kiev. After winning second prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in 2007, he was engaged by numerous renowned companies. His international breakthrough came in 2013 when he made his debut at London’s Royal Opera House as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. Since then, Popov has also appeared at the Bavarian, Dresden, and Vienna Staatsoper companies; the Opéra national de Paris; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. In the 2018-19 season he is performing in Cologne as the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka, in Dresden as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, and in Paris as Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Popov has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, and Tugan Sokhiev. He has recorded Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

    February 2019

    Tareq Nazmi

    Born in 1983 in Kuwait, the bassist Tareq Nazmi grew up in Munich. He studied singing with Edith Wiens at the Academy of Music in Munich and completed Christian Gerhaher’s master class. In 2010, he began his career at the Bavarian Staatsoper’s Opera Studio; from 2012 to 2016, he belonged to that company’s ensemble. Nazmi has worked as a freelance artist since then: most recently, as the Speaker in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival, as Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien, and in performances of Beethoven’s Leonore under René Jacobs in Vienna, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. In the concert hall, he has collaborated with Ivor Bolton, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, and Philippe Herreweghe, and he has performed as a lieder singer with the pianist Gerold Huber, appearing at the Schubertiade Hohenems as well as in Munich, Cologne, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 23 August 2012 in Bruckner's Te Deum, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.

    February 2019

    18.30 | Introduction to the Concert (in German) with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

    This concert is under the auspices of the Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL