Symphony Concert 27 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 2

musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

Mozart

Sat, 14.09.18.30No. 19356

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    Symphony Concert 27 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 2

    musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

    Dimitris Tiliakos  Don Giovanni
    Robert Lloyd  Commendatore
    Nadezhda Pavlova  Donna Anna
    Kenneth Tarver  Don Ottavio
    Federica Lombardi  Donna Elvira
    Kyle Ketelsen  Leporello
    Ruben Drole  Masetto
    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.

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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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    Dimitris Tiliakos

    The Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos, who was born on the island of Rhodes, initially studied viola before completing his vocal training at the Athens Conservatory. As winner of the Maria Callas Prize, he received a scholarship to continue his studies with Daphne Evangelatos at the Munich Academy of Music. In 1997 he made his stage debut as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and was awarded the Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender Prize. After several years as part of the Nuremberg Theater ensemble, he has worked as a freelance artist since 2004 and has made guest appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra national de Paris, Zurich Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He can also be heard as Don Giovanni on Teodor Currentzis’s recording of Mozart’s opera.

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    Robert Lloyd

    The English bass Robert Lloyd began his career in 1969 at Sadler’s Wells Opera (now known as English National Opera) before moving to the Royal Opera House in 1972, where he has performed over 60 different works to date, including the great bass roles of Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner. One of his signature roles is Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, which he first performed at Covent Garden in 1983 in the production by Andrei Tarkovsky. Lloyd has appeared some 200 times at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and has also made guest appearances at La Scala in Milan, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Opéra national de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dutch National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. In 1991 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Robert Lloyd, who is the founding president of the British Youth Opera and former chairman of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

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    Nadezhda Pavlova

    The Russian soprano Nadezhda Pavlova graduated from the Glazunov State Conservatory in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, in 2006 and appeared in her first engagement at the opera house there. She has been a member of the Perm Opera ensemble since 2012. Her repertoire includes such roles as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Louisa in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery. Together with Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna, she has appeared at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg. She has also performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where she appeared as Cunegonde in a new production of Bernstein’s Candide in the 2018-19 season, and she has sung at the Latvian National Opera. She was awarded the Golden Mask in 2017.

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    Kenneth Tarver

    The tenor Kenneth Tarver, a native of Detroit, studied at Yale University and Oberlin College. He launched his career as part of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program and was soon engaged by such major European venues as the Royal Opera House in London, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, and the Dresden Semperoper, as well as by the Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh Festivals. His artistic focus is on the operas of Mozart and bel canto repertoire, but he has also performed works by Stravinsky and Shchedrin. In the concert hall, Tarver has worked with Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, and Zubin Mehta. The recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens on which he sings received two Grammy Awards. With Teodor Currentzis, he has also recorded Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

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    Federica Lombardi

    Federica Lombardi studied at the Liceo Musicale Angelo Massini in Forlì, was a member of the Accademia di perfezionamento per cantanti lirici of La Scala in Milan in the 2015-16 season, took part in Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project in 2015, and is the winner of prizes in numerous international competitions, including the Concorso AsLiCo in Como. The Italian soprano is a sought-after Mozart interpreter and has appeared as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Met in New York and the Vienna Staatsoper, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) at the Bavarian Staatsoper, and as Elettra (Idomeneo) at La Scala in Milan, where she also played the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Her role debut as Desdemona (Verdi’s Otello) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and her debut at the Salzburg Festival are both planned for 2020. In the concert hall, she has sung Mozart’s Requiem under Zubin Mehta and Rossini’s Messa di Gloria under Sir Antonio Pappano.

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    Kyle Ketelsen

    Born in Clinton, Iowa, the American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen studied at the Universities of Iowa and Indiana. He won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded the Richard Tucker Career Grant. His interpretations of the roles of Escamillo from Bizet’s Carmen, which he has performed at the Met and in San Francisco, Madrid, and Amsterdam, and of Leporello from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which has been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the Bavarian Staatsoper, as well as in Aix-en-Provence, are especially acclaimed. Other significant credits include Golaud from Debussy’s Pelléas and Méphistophélès from Gounod’s Faust at Zurich Opera, Mozart’s Figaro at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Nick Shadow from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Opera House in London. In the 2019-20 season, he will appear in the title role of Messiaen’s St. François d’Assise at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

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    Ruben Drole

    The bass baritone Ruben Drole was born in Switzerland in 1980 to a Slovenian father and a Spanish mother. He studied with Jane Thorner Mengedoht at the Zurich Conservatory of Music and began his career in 2004 at Zurich Opera, of whose ensemble he is still a member. At Zurich he has taken on Mozart roles as Papageno in The Magic Flute, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and the title part in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Baroque repertoire and roles in operas by Janáček, Schreker, and Weill. He worked regularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who also engaged him for the styriarte festival. Drole has appeared at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Salzburg Festival, the Dresden Semper Opera, the Theater an der Wien, and the Spoleto Festival in the United States. Such conductors as William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ton Koopman, and Franz Welser-Möst have engaged him for projects in the concert hall and opera house.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 1 April 2004 in Frank Martins Golgotha under the direction of Alois Koch.

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    Christina Gansch

    The soprano Christina Gansch, who was born in 1990 in St. Pölten, Austria, studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Royal Academy of Music in London and won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2014. In 2013 she collaborated with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Mozart’s Figaro, playing the role of Barbarina. She launched her career at the Hamburg State Opera, where she performed Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and Gretchen in Schumann’s Faust-Szenen. She has appeared as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival, as Debussy’s Mélisande at the Glyndebourne Festival, as the Forest Bird in Wagner’s Siegfried at the Berlin Staatsoper, as Naiad in Strauss’s Ariadne at Milan’s La Scala, and as Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando at San Francisco Opera. In the 2019-20 season, Christina Gansch will make her debut at the Bavarian Staatsoper as Gretel in Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera.

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    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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