musicAeterna (Teodor Currentzis)

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musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk. Its goal was to present Baroque and Classical works using authentic performance practices, but also set new accents in the realm of contemporary music. From the 2011/12 to the 2019/2020 season, the ensemble, as well as the musicAeterna Chorus, 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 gave concerts with Teodor Currentzis in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. At the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, musicAeterna performed Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2014.

The orchestra also published numerous CD recordings, including an acclaimed Mozart/Da Ponte cycle. The Marriage of Figaro was awarded with the ECHO prize in 2014; followed by Cosi Fan Tutte in November 2014 and Don Giovanni in the autumn of 2016.  In 2015, the orchestra released a recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, as well as Stravinsky’s Les Sacre du Printemps. In 2017, musicAeterna released  Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 »Pathétique« and in 2018, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which won the prestigous Edison Klassiek Award.

musicAeterna won the Russian Theater Guild’s prestigious Golden Mask award 17 times, more often than any other Russian orchestra before. In 2018, the New York Times also listed their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 among the 25 best albums of the year 2018. In the same year, the musicAeterna Choir was honored with the International Opera Award as the Best Choir of the Year.


Highlights of musicAeterna’s European tour with Teodor Currentzis in the 2015/16 season were among others 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. Back in Perm, the ensemble performed La Traviata  with Bob Wilson and played in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.

The season 2016/17 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. Furthermore, 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 and autumn 2018, musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis came back to Europe featuring different concert programmes in Brussels, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Budapest and Milan, among others.

In April 2019, Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna went with Verdi’s Messa di Requiem and in September 2019 with the Da Ponte cycle on a successful European tour. On November 11 and 12, 2019, they will perform Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir and Philippe Hersant’s Tristia in Teodor Currentzis’ hometown Athens (Megaron).

Concerts 2019:

11th of November 2019 Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall – Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Choir | Philippe Hersant: Tristia (musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir / Teodor Currentzis, conductor)
12th of November 2019 Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall – Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Choir | Philippe Hersant: Tristia (musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir / Teodor Currentzis, conductor)

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