musicAeterna (Teodor Currentzis)

© Olga Rumyova
© Olga Rumyova

musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk. His goal was to present Baroque and Classical works using authentic performance practices, but also to set new accents in the realm of contemporary music. Since the 2011/12 season, the ensemble – as well as the musicAeterna Chamber Choir – has found a new home at the State Ballet and Opera Theater in Perm. Recent productions have included new interpretations of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. The orchestra is sought-after internationally and has appeared with Teodor Currentzis in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. At the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, musicAeterna performed Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2014.

The group has also made numerous CD recordings, including an acclaimed Mozart/Da Ponte cycle. The Marriage of Figaro was awarded the ECHO prize in 2014; there followed Cosi fan tutte in November 2014 and Don Giovanni in the autumn of 2016.  In 2015, the group released a recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

musicAeterna has won the Russian Theater Guild’s prestigious Golden Mask award 17 times, more often than any other Russian opera orchestra.

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Highlights of musicAeterna’s European tour with Teodor Currentzis in the 2015/16 season were a new production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold as part of the “Ruhrtriennale”, concert performances of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas in the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and concerts with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, and Rotterdam.

The 2016/17 season began with another European tour. The Sound of Light, a program featuring the music of Rameau,  was performed at Septembre Musical Montreux, at the Musikfest Bremen, and in Vienna’s Konzerthaus. The orchestra presented Purcell’s The Indian Queen in a semi-staged production by Peter Sellars in the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, and at the Musikfest Bremen. In spring 2017 MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis came back to Europe featuring different concert programs in Brussels, Berlin, Munich, Lucerne and other cities.

Teodor Currentzis, musicAeterna and the famous musicAeterna Choir will return to Europe in August 2017 presenting to Mozart programes. Mozart’s Requiem will be combined with severeal works from the renaissance and the present. His opera “La clemenza di Tito” will be presented in concert version by a highly acclaimed singer’s cast. Another famous opera, Puccini’s “La Bohème” is going to be performed also in concert version in Dortmund and Baden-Baden, while Frankfurt welcoms the artists with an all-russian concert programme.

 

Tours 2018

10 April 2018 Het Concertgebouw – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
11.04.2018 Tivoli Vredenburg – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
13.04.2018 Kuppelsaal im HCC Hannover – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
14.04.2018 Alte Oper Frankfurt – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37,  Symphony no. 7 Nr. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
16.04.2018 La Scala di Milano – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
18.04.2018 Konzerthaus Wien – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
20.04.2018 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
21.04.2018 Tonhalle Düsseldorf – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture “Le Nozze die Figaro” K. 492, Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major K 453 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92  (Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov)
15.05.2018 Alte Oper Frankfurt – Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le Son de la Lumière (Auszüge u.a. aus Les Fêtes d’Hébé, Zoroastre, Les Boréades, Les Indes Galantes, Platée und den Six Concerts (Nadine Koutcher, Sopran

Tours 2017

23.08.2017 Musikfest Bremen – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
25.08.2017 Musikfest Bremen – „La clemenza di Tito“ K 621 (concert version) (with Maximilian Schmitt, Tenor, Karina Gauvin, Anna Lucia Richter, Jeanine de Bique, Willard White Bassbariton, MusicAeterna Choir)
27.08.2017 Genf, Grand Theatre Genève – „La clemenza di Tito“ K 621 (concert version) (with Maximilian Schmitt, Tenor, Karina Gauvin, Anna Lucia Richter, Jeanine de Bique, Willard White Bassbariton, MusicAeterna Choir)
28.08.2017 Montreux, Septembre Musical – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
30.07.2017 Ravello Festival – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
01.09.2017 Rheingau Musikfestival – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
04.09.2017 Settimane musicale Ancona – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
05.09.2017 Meraner Musikwochen – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
07.09.2017 Musikfest Berlin – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
09.09.2017 Konzerthaus Dortmund – „La clemenza di Tito“ K 621 (concert version) (with Maximilian Schmitt, Tenor, Karina Gauvin, Anna Lucia Richter, Jeanine de Bique, Willard White Bassbariton, MusicAeterna Choir)
13.09.2017 Wiener Konzerthaus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem d-Moll K 626 and works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell and György Ligeti (with Julia Lezhneva, Catriona Morison, Thomas Cooley, Tareq Nazmi, MusicAeterna Choir)
15.09.2017 Paris, Théatre de Champs-Elysée – „La clemenza di Tito“ K 621 (concert version) (with Maximilian Schmitt, Tenor, Karina Gauvin, Anna Lucia Richter, Jeanine de Bique, Willard White Bassbariton, MusicAeterna Choir)
17.09.2017 Breslau, Wratislavia Cantans – „La clemenza di Tito“ K 621 (concert version) (with Maximilian Schmitt, Tenor, Karina Gauvin, Anna Lucia Richter, Jeanine de Bique, Willard White Bassbariton, MusicAeterna Choir)

29.10.2017 Alte Oper Frankfurt – Sergej Prokofjew Symphony no. 1 D major op. 25 „Symphonie classique“/piano concerto no. 2 g minor op. 16 (Alexander Melnikov)/Dmitri Schostakowitsch Symphony no. 9 E flat major op. 70
30.10.2017  Torino, Lingotto Musica – Sergej Prokofjew Symphony no. 1 D major op. 25 „Symphonie classique“/piano concerto no. 2 g minor op. 16 (Alexander Melnikov)/Dmitri Schostakowitsch Symphony no. 9 E flat major op. 70
05.11.2017 Konzerthaus Dortmund – Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème (concert version) (with Leonardo Capalbo, Simona Mihai, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Andrzej Filończyk, Nahuel di Pierro, Nadezhda Pavlova, Nikolay Fyodorov, Evgeny Ikatov, MusicAeterna Choir)
10. und 12.11.2017 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden: Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème (concert version) (with Leonardo Capalbo, Simona Mihai, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Andrzej Filończyk, Nahuel di Pierro, Nadezhda Pavlova, Nikolay Fyodorov, Evgeny Ikatov, MusicAeterna Choir)

 

Links

Website musicAeterna

Website Teodor Currentzis

Website Chorus musicAeterna

German TV ttt about Teodor Currentzis (10 January 2016)

Reviews about the concert series in Septeber 2016

Teodor Currentzis biography 17-18