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. Since the 2011/12 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.

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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 spring 2019, they will perform Verdi’s Messa di Requiem and be on European tour again.

MusicAeterna is the resident orchestra and chorus of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. It is financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Perm Region.

 

Tours 2018/2019:
25th of August 2018 Musikfest Bremen – Opening “Eine große Nachtmusik” Ludwig van Beethoven: Sinfonie Nr. 5 in C minor op. 67 »Schicksalssinfonie« / Sinfonie no. 6 in F major F op. 68 »Pastorale« / Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92 
18th of October 10.2018 Konzerthaus Dortmund – Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (concert version) (Nadezhda Pavlova: Violetta Valéry/Airam Hernández: Alfredo Germont/Dimitris Tiliakos: Giorgio Germont/musicAeterna choir and orchestra)
21st of October 2018 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (concert version) (Nadezhda Pavlova: Violetta Valéry/Airam Hernández: Alfredo Germont/Dimitris Tiliakos: Giorgio Germont/MusicAeterna Chor and orchestra)
23rd of October 2018  Konzerthaus Wien – Philippe Hersant: Tristia for mixed choir and ensemble (musicAeterna choir and ensemble)
25th of October 2018 Berliner Philharmonie – Philippe Hersant: Tristia for mixed choir and ensemble (musicAeterna choir and ensemble)
26th of October 2018 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – Philippe Hersant: Tristia for mixed choir and ensemble  (musicAeterna choir and orchestra)
28 of November 2018 Auditorio Nacional de Música, Sala Sinfónica – Gustav Mahler: Lieder aus „Des Knaben Wunderhorn“ / Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 4 in G major (Anna Lucia Richter, Florian Boesch)
30 of November 2018 Teatro alle Scala di MilanoGustav Mahler: Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 4 G major (Paula Murrihy, Florian Boesch, Jeanine De Bique)
2nd of December 2018 Philharmonie im Gasteig München – Gustav Mahler: Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Gustav Mahler: Symphony in no. 4 G major (Paula Murrihy, Florian Boesch, Jeanine De Bique)
4th of December 2018 müpa Budapest – Gustav Mahler: Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Gustav Mahler: Symphony in no. 4 G major (Paula Murrihy, Florian Boesch, Jeanine De Bique
5th of December 2018 Berliner Philharmonie – Gustav Mahler: Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. in 4 G major (Anna Lucia Richter, Florian Boesch)

 

26th of March 2019 Philharmonie de Paris – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)
28th of March 2019 BOZAR – Klarafestival 2019 – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, Dirigent / Zarina Abaeva, Sopran / Hermine May, Mezzosopran / Tareq Nazmi, Bass, musicAeterna Chor und Orchester)
30th of March 2019 Kölner Philharmonie – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)
1st + 2nd of April 2019 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)
5th + 6th of April 2019 Wiener Konzerthaus – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)
8th of April 2019 Grand Théâtre Genève – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)
10th of April 2019 Lucerne Festival Easter – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)
14th of April 2019 Festival de Paques Aix-en-Provence – Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Teodor Currentzis, conductor / Zarina Abaeva, soprano / Hermine May, mezzo-soprano / Tareq Nazmi, basso, musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra)

 

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