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.


Concerts 2019:
3rd of September 2019 Bremen Music Festival (Die Glocke, Großer Saal) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte KV 588 (Nadia Pavlova, Fiordiligi / Paula Murrihy, Dorabella / N.N. Ferrando / Konstantin Suchkov, Guglielmo / Anna Kasyan, Despina / Konstantin Wolff, Don Alfonso / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir of the Perm Opera)
5th of September Wiener Konzerthaus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro KV 492 (Andrei Bondarenko, Conte d’Almaviva / Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Contessa d’Almaviva / Olga Kulchynska, Susanna / Alex Esposito, Figaro / Paula Murrihy, Cherubino / Daria Telyatnikova, Marcellina / Krystian Adam, Don Basilio / Sergey Godin, Don Curzio / Evgeny Stavinsky, Bartolo / Garry Agadzhanyan, Antonio / NN, Barbarina / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir of the Perm Opera)
7th of September 2019 Wiener Konzerthaus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni KV 527(Dimitris Tiliakos, Don Giovanni / Nadezhda Pavlova, Donna Anna / Kenneth Tarver, Don Ottavio / Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Donna Elvira / Kyle Ketelsen, Leporello / Robert Lloyd, Il Commendatore / NN, Masetto / Christina Gansch, Zerlina / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir of the Perm Opera)
9th of September 2019 Wiener Konzerthaus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte KV 588 (Nadezhda Pavlova, Fiordiligi / Paula Murrihy, Dorabella / Konstantin Suchkov, Guglielmo / NN, Ferrando / Anna Kasyan, Despina / Konstantin Wolff, Don Alfonso / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir of the Perm Opera)
12th of September 2019 Lucerne Festival (KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal) – Mozart Da Ponte Cycle 1: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro KV 492 (Andrei Bondarenko, Il Conte di Almaviva / Ekaterina Scherbachenko, La Contessa di Almaviv / Alex Esposito, Figaro / Olga Kulchynska, Susanna / Paula Murrihy, Cherubino / Evgeny Stavinsky, Bartolo / Sergey Godin, Don Curzio / Krystian Adam, Don Basilio / Garry Agadzhanyan, Antonio und weitere Solisten / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir of the Perm Opera)
13th of September 2019 Lucerne Festival (KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Chosen arias from La clemenza di Tito KV 621, as well as arias and orchestrations from other works (Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzosopran / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra of the Perm Opera)
14th of September 2019 Lucerne Festival (KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal) – Mozart Da Ponte Cycle 2: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni KV 527 (Dimitris Tiliakos, Don Giovanni / Nadezhda Pavlova, Donna Anna / Kenneth Tarver, Don Ottavio / Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Donna Elvira / Kyle Ketelsen, Leporello / Robert Lloyd, Il Commendatore / NN, Masetto / Christina Gansch, Zerlina / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir of the Perm Opera)
15th of September 2019 Lucerne Festival (KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal) – Mozart Da Ponte Cycle 3: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte KV 588 (Nadezhda Pavlova, Fiordiligi / Paula Murrihy, Dorabella / Konstantin Suchkov, Guglielmo / NN, Ferrando / Cecilia Bartoli, Despina / Konstantin Wolff, Don Alfonso / Teodor Currentzis, conductor / musicAeterna Orchestra of the Perm Opera)
8th of October 2019 Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich – Maurice Ravel: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major | Sergei Prokofiev: Music to the ballet Romeo and Julia op. 64 (Hélène Grimaud, piano / Teodor Currentzis, conductor) 


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Links: 
musicAeterna Orchestra Website
musicAeterna Chorus Website
musicAeterna on Facebook
Teodor Currentzis Website
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