Sinfoniekonzert 26

musicAeterna orchestra and chorus | Teodor Currentzis | Cecilia Bartoli et al.


Fri, 13.09. | 19.30 | No. 19354

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Sinfoniekonzert 26

    musicAeterna orchestra and chorus | Teodor Currentzis | Cecilia Bartoli et al.

    Cecilia Bartoli  mezzo-soprano
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Kyrie in D minor, K. 341 (386a)
    Excerpts from the cantata Davide penitente, K. 469
    March from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
    Serbate, oh Dei custodi from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 (Chorus)
    Deh per questo istante solo from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 (Sesto’s aria)
    Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
    Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 (Sesto’s aria)
    Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
    In quali ecessi, o numi … Mi tradi aus Don Giovanni, K. 527 (Donna Elvira’s aria)
    Overture to Così fan tutte, K. 588
    Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti from Così fan tutte, K. 588 (duet for Fiordiligi and Ferrando)
    Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K. 477 (479a)
    Concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te … Non temer, amato bene, K. 505

    This is an absolute world premiere! Cecilia Bartoli and Teodor Currentzis are performing together for the very first time. The spirited Italian mezzo-soprano, who captivates her audiences from the first note she sings and from the first  step she takes onstage, will join the mysterious guru among today’s conductors. And both remark that a dream that they had been hoping to realize for a long time is now coming true. Which is why both artists cleared their schedules and plans to make this encounter possible. Currentzis, who actually makes it his principle never to give concerts more than three days in a row, will break this iron rule for Bartoli; and for her part, the singer immediately agreed to take on the role of Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Currentzis’s festival finale (see page 82). But only and exclusively in Lucerne! The new “dream couple” begins its collaboration with an all-Mozart evening made up of selected arias and orchestral pieces from the cornucopia of his rich oeuvre.

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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.

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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.

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    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 Da-niel Barenboim as well. For the past thirty years, Cecilia Bartoli has been performing at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls, as well as at the major international festivals. She began working with leading symphony orchestras and early music ensembles early in her career, 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, the work of 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. Since 2012 Bartoli has been artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, where she has appeared in recent years as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Handel’s Ariodante, among others. In 2019 she performed the title role in Handel’s Alcina there, and in 2020 she will return as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Cecilia Bartoli’s CDs and DVDs have sold more than 12 million copies, and she has received no fewer than five Grammy Awards. Most recently, at the end of 2018, she released a Vivaldi album with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Among the many distinctions she has received are the Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2010), the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize (2012), and the Polar Music Prize (2016).

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

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    Mingjie Lei

    The tenor Mingjie Lei, who was born in Hengyang, China, graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 2013 and continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received his diploma. From 2015 to 2017, Lei acquired his first stage experiences as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2016 he completed the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, which engaged him the following year for a performance of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Since 2018, Mingjie Lei has been a member of the ensemble at the Stuttgart State Opera, where he has performed Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In December 2019 he makes his debut at the Zurich Opera House with Rossini’s Il turco in Italia. Mingjie Lei is a winner of the Neue Stimmen Singing Competition (2017) and the ARD Music Competition in Munich (2018).

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