Symphony Concert 27 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 2

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


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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 27 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 2

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

    musicAeterna chorus of Perm Opera  
    Dimitris Tiliakos  Don Giovanni
    Robert Lloyd  Commendatore
    Nadezhda Pavlova  Donna Anna
    Kenneth Tarver  Don Ottavio
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Don Giovanni, K. 527
    Dramma giocoso in two acts
    Concert performance

    Don Giovanni, the pleasure seeker and libertine, seduces women by the dozen: peasants and baronesses, blonde and brown, thin and fat, young and old: 231 in Germany, 640 in Italy, and, in Spain, no fewer than 1,003, as Leporello, his servant, recounts with relish in the “Catalogue Aria.” Don Giovanni embodies the power of Eros, and it is no coincidence that “long live freedom” is his motto. In the end, however, he must surrender to a higher power and pay the price for his excessive lifestyle. In Mozart’s opera, the threat of the Last Judgment and the vision of damnation lurks over the hero’s fate from the very first bar of the Overture. But there is so much else to experience: the sparking “Champagne Aria,” the ingratiating balcony serenade, the erotic duet “Là ci darem la mano,” the stunning journey through hell … And above all, the unbelievable mood changes in which Mozart, within the span of a few bars, shifts from euphoric exuberance to abysmal sorrow. For such transitions, Richard Strauss once admitted, he would have gladly given away three of his operas.

    musicAeterna orchestra of Perm Opera

    The orchestra musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk with the aim not only of performing Baroque and Classical works as they originally sounded but also of giving a fresh impetus to the field of contemporary music. Since the 2011-12 season the ensemble, which also includes a choir, has made its home at the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Perm, where it performs annually in several productions. Over the past years, musicAeterna has developed into a sought-after export: the ensemble has toured with Currentzis to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow, and St. Petersburg and, at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, to their hall, the Philharmonie. In 2015 they performed Wagner’s Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale, and in 2016 they presented Purcell’s Indian Queen, in a semi-staged version directed by Peter Sellars, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Musikfest Bremen. In the summer of 2017 musicAeterna makes its debut at the Salzburg Festival, where they will perform in a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and will give two concerts. Numerous recordings have appeared in recent years, including of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos (with Alexander Melnikov), Mozart’s Requiem, the Rameau project The Sound of Light, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja) paired with Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and a highly touted recording of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera cycle: Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Così fan tutte (2014), and Don Giovanni (2016). For this cycle musicAeterna garnered two Echo Klassik Awards, and the ensemble has won the Russian National Theatre’s Golden Mask Award 17 times – more frequently than any other opera orchestra in Russia.

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

    February 2017

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    Teodor Currentzis

    Teodor Currentzis, who was born in 1972 in Athens, was accepted at the age of 12 to the National Conservatory of his native city, where he initially studied violin and took up composition as well starting in 1987. In 1994 he moved to St. Petersburg and completed his studies in conducting with Ilya Musin, a legendary teacher who also taught Semyon Bychkov and Va-
    lery Gergiev. Currentzis’ first leadership position brought him to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, where for six years he was General Music Director. Since 2010 he has served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm. He has gained international fame with the orchestra he founded in 2004, musicAeterna, which specializes in historically informed performance practice. Currentzis has toured with this ensemble to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. As an opera conductor, he has led Berg’s Wozzeck and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, as well as Verdiʼs Macbeth at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth at Zurich Opera, and Wagner’s Tristan at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Currentzis made his debut in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2015 with Stravinsky’s Persephone and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and the summer of 2017 brings his Salzburg Festival debut with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. During the current season he is working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony and is touring with music-Aeterna in six European countries. Currentzis has twice won the Echo Klassik Award: in 2014 for his recording of Mozart’s Figaro and in 2016 for Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. This past fall, the critics of the magazine Opernwelt named him Conductor of the Year. His most recent recording, of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, was released in November 2016.

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

    February 2017

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    Dimitris Tiliakos

    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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    Christina Gansch

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

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