Symphony Concert 27 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 2

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

Mozart

Sat, 14.09.18.30No. 19356

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    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
    Kyle Ketelsen  Leporello
    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 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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    Dimitris Tiliakos

    Nadezhda Pavlova

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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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    Christina Gansch

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

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