Symphony Concert 25 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 1

musicAeterna | 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 | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

    Andrei Bondarenko  Il Conte di Almaviva
    Ekaterina Scherbachenko  La Contessa di Almaviv
    Paula Murrihy  Cherubino
    Krystian Adam  Don Basilio
    Danis Khuzin  Don Curzio
    Fanie Antonelou  Barbarina
    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!

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    musicAeterna

    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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    Andrei Bondarenko

    The baritone Andrei Bondarenko, who was born in 1987 in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine, completed his vocal training at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music and the Conservatory in Kiev and came to attention with his successes at such competitions as BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and New Ukrainian Voices. He acquired formative experiences from the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival, where he subsequently appeared in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. In 2013 he took on the title role in the Russian premiere of Britten’s Billy Budd in St. Petersburg. Bondarenko has also performed at the Royal Opera House in London; the Mariinsky Theater; and the opera houses of Zurich, Madrid, Perm, Cologne, and Palm Beach (where he made his role debut last season as Don Giovanni), working with Valery Gergiev, Teodor Currentzis, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Ivor Bolton.

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    Ekaterina Scherbachenko

    Ekaterina Scherbachenko studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Marina Alekseeva and has triumphed in numerous competitions, including the BBC’s Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff in 2009. She acquired her earliest stage experiences at the Stanislawski Opera in Moscow. In 2005 Scherbachenko transferred to the Bolshoi Theater, where she appeared as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, as Puccini’s Liù and Mimì, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Tatiana, and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. She has performed with the Bolshoi Ensemble at the Palais Garnier in Paris and at La Scala in Milan. Additional engagements have taken her to the Royal Opera House in London, Bavarian Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Opéra de Monte-Carlo. She made her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2013 and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2015. She also appears regularly as a concert singer, as most recently in Britten’s War Requiem in Lyon and Tokyo.

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    Alex Esposito

    The bass-baritone Alex Esposito, who was born in 1975, studied in his native Bergamo and launched his career with appearances at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari as well as at the Teatro dell’
    Opera in Rome; in 2007 he was named Best Singer of the Year at the acclaimed Premio Abbiati. His repertoire focuses on the operas of Mozart and Rossini. He has appeared as Leporello in Don Giovanni at La Scala in Milan and at Deutsche Oper Berlin; was the first Italian to sing the role of Papageno at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where his credits also include Figaro and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte); and is a regular guest at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. Other engagements have taken Esposito, who has collaborated with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, and Daniele Gatti, to the Vienna Staatsoper, the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, Salzburg, and Aix-en-Provence.

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    Olga Kulchynska

    The soprano Olga Kulchynska, who was born in 1990 in Rivne, Ukraine, studied music theory before she began her vocal training at the age of 19 with Maria Stefiuk at the Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kiev. She has won various international competitions, including the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona in 2015, and began her career in the Opera Studio of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, which subsequently engaged her as part of its permanent ensemble. She has appeared there as Marfa in Rimsky’s The Tsar’s Bride, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Susanna in Mozart’s Figaro, and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Since 2018 she has been permanently engaged at Zurich Opera, where she made her debut as Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi in 2015. She has also appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Opéra national de Paris, the Bavarian Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Dutch National Opera, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.

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    Paula Murrihy

    The Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, who comes from Kerry County, studied in Dublin and Boston. From 2009 to 2017, she was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble, where she appeared as Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Bizet’s Carmen. Murrihy now works as a freelance artist, performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, the National Opera in Amsterdam, the Royal Opera House in London, and English National Opera. In the summer of 2019, she appeared as Idamante in Peter Sellars’s new production of Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Salzburg Festival; she returns to the Frankfurt Opera in December, where she will sing the title role in Fauré’s Pénélope. Paula Murrihy has performed as a lieder singer at the Aldeburgh and Wexford Festivals, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London.

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    Daria Telyatnikova

    The mezzo-soprano Daria Telyatnikova, who studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg and received an award at the Riccardo Zandonai Competition in 2010, is a native of Korkino, Russia. She acquired her first stage experiences from 2010 to 2012 at the Academy of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, where she made her debut in 2011 as Nicoletta in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges. She was a member of the Zurich Opera Studio in 2012-13. Telyatnikova has performed Mozart’s Cherubino at the Bolshoi Theater and has also appeared as Laura in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Additional engagements have taken her to the Perm Opera House and the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, the Megaron in Athens, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and she has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Jurowski, Teodor Currentzis, and Nikolaj Znaider.

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    Evgeny Stavinsky

    After his training as a singer and choirmaster at the Moscow Academy of Choral Art, Evgeny Stavinsky, who was born in Dubna, Russia, continued his studies at the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2004-05. Since 2006 he has been a member of the New Moscow Opera ensemble, where he has appeared in the great bass roles by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Wagner, and Strauss. Stavinsky, who is also a conductor and who leads the Dubna Municipal Symphony Orchestra, has made guest appearances at the Mariinsky Theater, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Hungarian State Opera, and the Royal Opera House in London. In the concert hall, he sang in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Riccardo Muti this summer in Ravenna and Athens, and in the 2019-20 season he will perform in Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem settings under Currentzis in New York and Baden-Baden. He was awarded the Golden Mask in 2018.

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    Krystian Adam

    The Polish tenor Krystian Adam studied at the Warsaw Music Academy and at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan. In 2007 he made his debut at the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Teneke at Milan’s La Scala. Guest appearances at numerous European companies and at such festivals as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Handel Festival in Halle are among his credits. He was engaged by Claudio Abbado for concerts with the Orchestra Mozart, by Riccardo Chailly for Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, and by Sir John Eliot Gardiner for Monteverdi’s Vespers, L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Adam focuses intensively on early music with such conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and Václav Luks. He has performed Don Basilio in Figaro, a role which he also recorded under Teodor Currentzis, at the Royal Opera House in London and at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

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    Danis Khuzin

    The Russian tenor Danis Khuzin was born in Perm in 1975. After attending the Perm Conservatory, he studied at the Perm State Institute of Art and Culture in the class led by Irina Kotelnikova, obtaining his degree in 2012. While Khuzin was still a student, he became a member of the Perm State Opera Chorus. He subsequently joined the musicAeterna Choir, and since 2012 he has also performed as a soloist. In Perm, Khuzin has taken part in numerous productions under the baton of Teodor Currentzis, performing such roles as Fetyukov in Alexander Tchaikovsky’s A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Yelisey Bomelius in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata, and Spalanzani in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, as well as such Tchaikovsky roles as Triquet in Eugene Onegin and Alméric in Iolanta.

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    Fanie Antonelou

    The soprano Fanie Antonelou, a native of Athens, studied at the Stuttgart Academy of Music with Dunja Vejzović and Ulrike Sonntag as well as with Cornelis Witthoefft (lieder performance). She continued her studies at the Opera School in Stuttgart and in the Department of Early Music at the Trossingen Academy of Music. In 2005 she took first prize at the International Maria Callas Competition in Athens in the Oratorio/Lied category; she was also a prizewinner at the Mendelssohn Prize Competition in Frankfurt (2008 and 2009). Credits include engagements at the opera houses in Perm, Athens, and Stuttgart, as well as at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad. In the concert hall, she has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, the Megaron in Athens, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She sang the role of Susanna in Teodor Currentzis’ Figaro recording, which received an Echo Klassik award.

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    Garry Agadzhanyan

    The bass Garry Agadzhanyan, who was born in 1977 in Yerevan, Armenia, studied at the Mussorgsky State Conservatory in Ekaterinburg. He won the Glinka Competition in 2007 and the Concorso Vincenzo Bellini in 2012. From 2004 to 2017, he was a member of the Ekaterinburg State Opera ensemble and subsequently transferred to the Perm Opera House. In 2009 he sang King René in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, having performed this role as well at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 2012. Agadzhanyan made his debut as Konchak in Borodin’s Prince Igor at the Novosibirsk Opera in 2011 and as Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin two years later at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. He has performed with musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the Cologne Philharmonie. Garry Agadzhanyan was awarded the Golden Mask in 2013.

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