Symphony Concert 25 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 1

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

Mozart

Thu, 12.09.18.30No. 19353

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 25 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 1

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

    musicAeterna chorus of Perm Opera  
    Andrei Bondarenko  Il Conte di Almaviva
    Ekaterina Scherbachenko  La Contessa di Almaviv
    Paula Murrihy  Cherubino
    Evgeny Stavinsky  Bartolo
    Sergey Godin  Don Curzio
    Krystian Adam  Don Basilio
    Garry Agadzhanyan  Antonio

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    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 
    Opera buffa in four acts
    Concert performance

    The French King Louis XVI was beside himself: “This is horrible, it will never be performed!” he exclaimed when he encountered Beaumarchais’ comedy Le mariage de Figaro. The premiere, which took place at the Comédie française in 1784, was all the more sensational. The aura of an overthrow (to which the King actually fell victim at the guillotine nine years later) was in the air and ensured that the piece spread like wildfire. In Vienna, however, where the play had initially been banned by censorship, it was staged as an opera in 1786, in  the version by Lorenzo Da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: “What is not allowed to be said in our times is sung,” the Wiener Realzeitung commented in its report on Le nozze di Figaro. Here, a critique of the privileges of the nobility sets in motion a turbulent plot of intrigue in which the servant couple Figaro and Susanna eventually triumph over the autocratic potentate. Mozart’s subversive Figaro is one of the wittiest operas in the entire repertoire – and enchants with its wonderful music. The ideal kickoff for the Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle by Teodor Currentzis!

    musicAeterna orchestra of Perm Opera

    The ensemble musicAeterna, which comprises an orchestra and a chorus, was founded in Novosibirsk in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis with the aim of covering a broad repertoire from the Baroque up into the present. Since 2011, the ensemble has made its home at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Perm (near the Urals), where it performs annually in a number of productions. Moreover, musicAeterna has developed into a genuine leading 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, at the latter’s home in the Philharmonie. Opera productions have taken them to the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Festspielhaus Baden-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 appear there in the 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. A number of new works have been premiered by music-Aeterna, such as 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 Theatre’s Golden Mask Award 17 times.

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

    February 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 in the Kapellmeister program with 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. Since 2010, he has served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm. He has gained international prominence with the music-Aeterna Orchestra and Chorus, which he founded in 2004 and which are now also based in Perm. With these ensembles he has performed at 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-Pro-vence. In 2017, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, and he conducted all nine Beethoven symphonies there in 2018; he returns in 2019 for Mozart’s Idomeneo. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Currentzis has been Principal Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, with which he has worked in recent months on symphonies by Mahler and Tchaikovsky, performing these at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. He toured Japan with musicAeterna for the first time in February 2019. Teodor Currentzis has been awarded the Golden Mask, the Russian National Theatre prize, seven times; the critics of Opernwelt magazine voted him Conductor of the Year in 2016. His CDs have won numerous awards; his most recent recording, of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, was released in the autumn of 2018.

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

    February 2019

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    Ekaterina Scherbachenko

    Ekaterina Scherbachenko studied with Marina Alekseeva at the Moscow State Conservatory and is prize winner of numerous competitions. In 2005 she took third prize at the Shizuoka Opera Competition; in 2006 she was awarded several distinctions at the Concurso de Canto Francisco Vinas, and in 2009 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. The soprano’s first stage experiences took place at the Stanislavsky Opera; in 2005 she made her debut as Natasha in War and Peace at the Bolshoi Theater, where she later appeared as Puccini’s Liù and Mimì; as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Tatyana; and as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. She has toured with the Bolshoi Ensemble to the Palais Garnier in Paris and La Scala in Milan. Further credits have been with Lyon Opera, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and the Ravenna Festival. Elena Scherbachenko has sung in concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

    July 2010

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    Alex Esposito

    Born in 1975 in Bergamo, the bass-baritone Alex Esposito studied voice, piano, and organ in his native city and began his career with performances at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In 2007 he was named Best Singer of the Year in the Italian music critics’ prestigious Premio Abbiati Award. The operas of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart are the focus of his repertoire. He has performed Leporello in Don Giovanni at La Scala in Milan and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and was the first Italian to sing the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he has also appeared as Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Esposito is equally sought after as a Rossini performer: he regularly performs at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where he has taken part in productions of La gazza ladra, La cenerentola, Mosè in Egitto, and L’italiana in Algeri. Other credits have included at the Vienna Staatsoper, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. In the 2015-16 season he will appear at the Bavarian Staatsoper as Papageno, Leporello, and Don Alfonso in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris as Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo. Esposito has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Fabio Biondi, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Kent Nagano, and Antonio Pappano. His concert repertoire ranges from the Passions and oratorios of Bach and Handel through choral works by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, and Liszt to Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Britten’s War Requiem.

    August 2015

    Olga Kulchynska

    Paula Murrihy

    The Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy is a native of County Kerry. She began her studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her first stage experiences were acquired as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Santa Fe Opera Studio, and the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera. Since 2009 Murrihy has belonged to the Oper Frankfurt ensemble, where she has performed Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Bizet’s Carmen. Other credits include Purcell’s Dido at Los Angeles Opera, Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and Stuttgart Staatsoper, Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House in London, and Ascanio in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera. In the fall of 2016, Paula Murrihy made her debut at Zurich Opera, where she performed Cherubino in Mozart’s Figaro under the direction of Giovanni Antonini; March 2017 brought her Metropolitan Opera debut as Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Teodor Currentzis invited her to perform in his production of Purcell’s Indian Queen, which was shown at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and in Cologne, Bremen, and Dortmund; she has also taken part in a performance series he conducted of Così fan tutte and has sung in Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Hindemith’s The Young Maid at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm. As a lieder singer, Paula Murrihy has given recitals at the Aldeburgh and Wexford Festivals, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Oper Frankfurt. The latter, where she is part of the permanent ensemble, conferred on her the Anny Schlemm Award in 2011.

    February 2017

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    Krystian Adam

    The Polish tenor Krystian Adam studied at the Warsaw Academy of Music and the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan. In 2007 he made his debut in the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Teneke at La Scala in Milan. Other credits include Mozart’s Figaro and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House in London and Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Riccardo Chailly engaged him for performances of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, and Claudio Abbado invited him to appear in concerts with the Orchestra Mozart. Adam is also intensively devoted to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries and has worked in historically informed practice with such conductors as Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Teodor Currentzis, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Václav Luks, and Raphael Pichon. He has collaborated with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in touring performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers and L’Orfeo

    April 2017

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    17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)