Symphony Concert 28 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 3

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

Mozart

Sun, 15.09.16.00No. 19357

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 28 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 3

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

    musicAeterna chorus of Perm Opera  
    Nadezhda Pavlova  Fiordiligi
    Paula Murrihy  Dorabella
    Konstantin Wolff  Don Alfonso
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Così fan tutte, K. 588 
    Opera in two acts
    Concert performance

    We are in the laboratory of emotions. In Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the philosopher Don Alfonso is performing a perfidious soul experiment with two young couples. He wants to prove to the two men that not a single woman can be faithful. Therefore, he has them called up for military service, but immediately has them disguised as Middle Eastern aristocrats and sends them back to their lovers with the risqué task of courting and seducing each other’s brides. The arranged experiment turns out to be a success, but these young people become the playthings in Alfonso’s intrigue – and in the end are all cheated: not only the women, who fan tutte così (“all do it this way”), but also the men, who have willingly agreed to all this. Così fan tutte dismantles prevailing morality. This is an opera that debunks the idea of unbreakable vows of loyalty and heroic virtues. In our fragility, our delusions, our vulnerability, we are all equal: that is the bottom line. A joyful message? In any case, Mozart’s heavenly music is beyond all doubt, as Teodor Currentzis and his six soloists, including Cecilia Bartoli, will prove.

    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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    Nadezhda Pavlova

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    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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    Konstantin Suchkov

    Cecilia Bartoli

    Cecilia Bartoli, a native of Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her operatic debut in 1987 and, in 1988, at the age of 22, worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt on a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. At the very beginning of her career came encounters with Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim as well. For more than 20 years, Cecilia Bartoli has been performing at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls, as well as at the major international festivals. Early on, she began working with leading symphony orchestras and early music ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Scintilla, and I Barocchisti. In 2016 she founded the Monaco-based orchestra Les Musiciens du Prince. Baroque literature, Mozart, and bel canto are the focuses of her repertoire, and she has made a point of rediscovering many works that had fallen into oblivion. Cecilia Bartoli has been artistic director since 2012 of the Whitsun Festival at Salzburg, where she has appeared in recent years as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, and Handel’s Ariodante, among others. In 2018, she performed the title role in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri there, and in 2019 she will return for a new production of Handel’s Alcina. Cecilia Bartoli’s recordings have sold more than ten million copies, and she has received the Grammy Award no fewer than five times. Most recently, in the late fall of 2017, she released the album Dolce Duello with Sol Gabetta and the Cappella Gabetta. She has garnered the highest distinctions in Italy and France, and Denmark honored her with the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2010; she was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize in 2012 and the Polar Music Prize for her life’s work in 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1995 in a lieder recital, with György Fischer at the keyboard.

    July 2018

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    Konstantin Wolff

    The German bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff, who was born in 1978 in Giessen, studied with Donald Litaker at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe and won the Mendelssohn Competition of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in 2004. The following year he made his stage debut as Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a performance conducted by William Christie at the Opéra National de Lyon. The works of George Frideric Handel are at the center of his operatic repertoire. Wolff has sung Orlando at Zurich Opera and at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; Rodelinda, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, at the Theater an der Wien; and Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen International Handel Festival. In addition Wolff has appeared as a Mozart interpreter. René Jacobs invited him to take part in his production of Die Zauberflöte in Aix-en-Provence and also engaged him as Figaro; Yannick Nézet-Séguin brought him to the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus as Masetto in Don Giovanni; and Teodor Currentzis hired him to sing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Currently Wolff is performing as a dancing singer in the role of Plutone in a staging of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo that was directed by the choreographer Sasha Waltz; it can be seen at Lille Opera following stops in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Bergen, Baden-Baden, and Berlin during the 2015-16 season. Konstantin Wolff performs as a concert singer with the leading early music ensembles and has also collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski, and Sir Simon Rattle. He gives lieder recitals with the pianists Alexander Schmalcz and Trung Sam. In addition, Wolff is involved in contemporary music and took part in the world premieres of Dalbavie’s Gesualdo in Zurich and Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen in Brussels.

    February 2016

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