Symphony Concert 28 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 3

musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

Mozart

Sun, 15.09.16.00No. 19357

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    Symphony Concert 28 – Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle 3

    musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

    Nadezhda Pavlova  Fiordiligi
    Paula Murrihy  Dorabella
    Mingjie Lei  Ferrando
    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.

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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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    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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    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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    Konstantin Suchkov

    The Russian baritone Konstantin Suchkov completed his vocal training with Pyotr Skusnichenko at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 2015. He has won numerous competitions, including the Georg Ots Singing Competition (2017) and the All-Russian Music Competition (2018). Suchkov began his career in the Opera Studio of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. In 2017 he joined the Perm Opera ensemble, where he has performed such roles as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La traviata, Marc-Antoine in Massenet’s Cléopâtre, and Leandro in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges. Suchkov can also be seen regularly at the Bolshoi Theater, most recently as Lebedev in Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Idiot. Together with Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna, he has appeared as Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

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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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    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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    Konstantin Wolff

    The German bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff, who was born in 1978, studied with Donald Litaker in Karlsruhe and won the Mendelssohn Competition in 2004. He made his stage debut the following year with Monteverdi’s Poppea under the baton of William Christie. He works closely with René Jacobs, who engaged him for Mozart’s Magic Flute in Aix-en-Provence and for concert performances of Figaro, among others, and with Teodor Currentzis, for whose recording of Così fan tutte he was cast. Wolff was a dancing singer in Sasha Waltz’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which was seen in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Baden-Baden, and Berlin. In the concert hall he has performed with such conductors as Abbado, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Koopman, Minkowski, and Rattle. Konstantin Wolff is also a dedicated lieder singer and has taken part in the world premieres of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Gesualdo in Zurich and Benoît Mernier’s Spring Awakening in Brussels.

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