Concert Calendar

30 December 2017

Saturday / 8.00 p.m.

Konzerthaus Berlin

Vladimir Jurowski

Christina Landshamer / soprano

Maria Gortsevskaya / alto

Torsten Kerl / tenor

Dietrich Henschel / basso

Dietrich Henschel / narrator

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Benjamin Goodson / choirmaster

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Arnold Schönberg

“A Survivor from Warsaw”
für Sprecher, Männerchor und Orchester op. 46

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125 with final chorale on Schiller's “Ode to Joy” with orchestral revisions by Gustav Mahler

6.45 p.m., Werner-Otto-Saal
Einführung von Steffen Georgi

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Vladimir Jurowski / Conductor

With the season 2017/2018 Vladimir Jurowski will be the new chief conducter and artistic director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB). ...

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One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco.

In October 2015, Vladimir Jurowski was announced as the next Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, a position he will take up from the 17/18 season. He was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming the orchestra's Principal Conductor in September 2007. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009) and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013).

Vladimir Jurowski enjoys close relationships with some of the world’s most distinguished artistic institutions. He works annually with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and appears regularly with the London Philharmonic at festivals including the BBC Proms, the George Enescu Festival of Bucharest, Musikfest Berlin, and the Schleswig Holstein and Rostropovich Festivals. He enjoys regular collaborations with many of the world's leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and has also conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich.

Recent highlights include performances of Boris Godunov, uniting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with the orchestra of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival and an unique project with the London Sinfonietta in Moscow to celebrate the Anglo-Russian Year of Cultural Exchange. With the State Academic Symphony of Russia he has developed a highly individual and celebrated profile in Moscow with a strong focus on contemporary repertoire, and curated projects, most recently a series of concerts exploring music from the 1930s and 1940s across all sides of the European political and wartime spectrum.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season and beyond include his return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestras, his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival at the helm of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and performances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He will tour with the State Academic Symphony to major European capitals and summer festivals, and among the highlights of his work with the London Philharmonic he will lead performances of Das Rheingold, Mahler’s Seventh and Eighth symphonies and the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass, and bring the orchestra to the Moscow Rostropovich Festival.

A committed operatic conductor, Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1999 with Rigoletto, and has since returned for Jenufa, The Queen of Spades, Hansel und Gretel and Die Frau ohne Schatten. He has conducted Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre, Salome with the State Academic Symphony of Russia, and Iolanta and Der Teufel von Loudon at the Semperoper Dresden, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Peter Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne Opera. In 2015 he returned to the Komische Oper Berlin for a universally-acclaimed new production of Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin, and future operatic highlights include his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich with Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, his Salzburg Festival debut with Wozzeck, and his first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor, to lead the world premiere production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet.

Jurowski’s discography with the London Philharmonic Orchestra includes the complete symphonies of Brahms, Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 4, 5, 6 and Manfred, and works by Turnage, Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Honegger and Haydn. Most recent releases have included Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, and an album of orchestral works by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence, Julian Anderson. He has also recorded Schnittke’s Third Symphony with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and a series of Russian works with the Russian National Orchestra for PentaTone Records, works by Mendelssohn and Mahler with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and wide-ranging repertoire from Meyerbeer to Kancheli. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented in numerous CD and DVD releases including award-winning productions of Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Ariadne auf Naxos, Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery. Other DVD releases include Hansel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera New York, his first concert as London Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal conductor featuring works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler, and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Beethoven symphonies 4 and 7) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Strauss and Ravel), all released by Medici Arts.

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Christina Landshamer / Soprano

Born in Munich, Christina Landshamer studied at the city’s Academy of Music and Drama under Angelica Vogel, and subsequently in Konrad Richter’s recital class and Dunja Vejzović’s soloist class at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. She is now a versatile and internationally highly sought-after concert, opera and recital singer. Her work with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Stéphane Denève, ...

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Born in Munich, Christina Landshamer studied at the city’s Academy of Music and Drama under Angelica Vogel, and subsequently in Konrad Richter’s recital class and Dunja Vejzović’s soloist class at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. She is now a versatile and internationally highly sought-after concert, opera and recital singer. Her work with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Stéphane Denève, Christian Thielemann and Ricardo Chailly has taken her to Europe’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Freiburg’s Baroque Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, and even to North America with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Last season Christina Landshamer made her American debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, followed by concerts in New York with the Ensemble Midtvest at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. This season she will also be giving frequent guest performances in the US, for example, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck she is performing Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (Symphony No. 2) which will also be recorded for issue on CD. Following this, she will then appear twice with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, in Handel’s Messiah and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, for the latter of which she will accompany the orchestra on a European tour to Essen, Budapest, Vienna, London, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Christina Landshamer can also be heard with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock in Haydn’s Creation as part of the Elbphilharmonie’s opening festival, with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in Mozart’s Requiem under Vladimir Jurowski, on tour with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées under Philippe Herreweghe in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang under Pablo Heras-Casado for her first appearance at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and once again with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Herbert Blomstedt in Bach’s Mass in B minor and in Haydn’s The Seasons, this time with Trevor Pinnock on the rostrum.

Christina Landshamer first sang in opera in Stuttgart, Strasbourg and Berlin (Komische Oper). At Vienna’s Theater an der Wien she sang the part of Clarice in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the role of Frasquita in Carmen at the Salzburg Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. Towards the end of 2012 she made her highly-acclaimed debut as Pamina in Simon McBurney‘s celebrated new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Amsterdam Opera under Marc Albrecht. In 2015 she starred under Christian Thielemann as Ännchen in the anniversary production of Weber’s Der Freischütz and alongside Anna Netrebko at Dresden’s New Year’s Concert. Christina Landshamer made her debut in Glyndebourne as Almirena in Rinaldo and in 2015 as Pamina at the Bavarian State Opera. After appearing in Der Rosenkavalier in Chicago, she can be heard as Susanna in a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Theater St Gallen in Switzerland.

With her warm, lyrical voice, the soprano is an ideal recital singer. Her first CD, on which she is accompanied by Gerold Huber, appeared in summer 2016 on the Oehms Classic label where the duo combined unique songs from Robert Schumann and Viktor Ullmann. They can also be experienced live together in recitals in Freiburg, Regensburg, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, and at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Christina Landshamer can already look back on an extensive discography; for example, Haydn’s oratorios The Seasons and The Creation under Philippe Herreweghe (PHI), Bizet’s Carmen under Simon Rattle (CD and DVD on EMI Classics), and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Riccardo Chailly (Decca). Moreover, her musical versatility can also be enjoyed on various DVDs: in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Concentus musicus/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Unitel Classica), in Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (both Leipzig Gewandhausorchester /Riccardo Chailly, Accentus), and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Nederlandse Opera – Opus Arte).

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Maria Gortsevskaya / Mezzo soprano

Born in St. Petersburg, Maria Gortsevskaya, mezzo-soprano, graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. She is recipient of the First prize at the Verviers International Competition, Belgium (1995). Maria Gortsevskaya made her professional stage debut as ...

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Born in St. Petersburg, Maria Gortsevskaya, mezzo-soprano, graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. She is recipient of the First prize at the Verviers International Competition, Belgium (1995). Maria Gortsevskaya made her professional stage debut as Fyodor in ″Boris Godunov″ at Mariinsky theatre in the age of 19. She appeared in addition as Olga, Cherubino, Rosina, Cenerentola, Isabella (″L’Ítaliana in Algeri″), Siebel (″Faust″), and Mercedes (″Carmen″), among others and took part in the Andrei Konchalovsky’s staged production of Prokofiev’s ″War and Peace″.
Maria Gortsevskaya performed with Mariinsky theatre in Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera NY, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA. Among her most acclaimed portrayals are Dorabella and Rosina. Rosina she has performed in the Dario Fo’s ″Il Barbiere di Siviglia″ conducted by Marco Boemi on tour in the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain.
Maria Gortsevskaya has performed Melibea in ″Il Viaggio a Reims″ (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Fyodor in ″Boris Godounov″ (La Monnaie, Brussels), Baba The Turk in ″Rake’s Progress″ (Festival Mozart, La Coruña and Bologna, Calixto Bieto, director), Clarina in ″La cambiale di matrimonio″ by Rossini and Giustizia in ″Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots″ by Mozart (both at Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Mother Superior in ″The Fiery Angel″ by Prokofiev (La Monnaie, Brussels), La Marchesa Clarice in ″La Pietra del Paragone″ by Rossini (Teatro Real, Madrid, cover).
In 2008 she performed Olga in ″Eugene Onegin″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK).
In 2008 – 2009 she also performed Der Hass in ″Armida″ by Gluck (Komische Oper Berlin), and Blanche in ″Igrok″ by Prokofiev (Lyon). In 2009-2010 she performed Olga in ″Eugene Onegin″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden), Orfeo in Gluck’s ″Orfeo ed Euridice″ (Cologne), Wellgunde in ″Das Rheingold″ (La Scala, Milano), Dorabella in ″Cosi fan tutte″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden).
Further engagements included among others: Requiem and Coronation Mass by Mozart (The Netherlands), Alto Rhapsody by Brahms (Bolshoi Theater, Moscow), Wellgunde in ″Das Rheingold″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin), Wellgunde in ″Die Götterdämmerung″ (La Scala, Milano and Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin).
Her extended concert repertoire includes works by Shostakovich, Pergolesi, Rossini, Haydn, Mozart, Händel, Vivaldi, and Sarti. She gave solo recitals and concerts at the Théâtre du Châtelet,Concertgebouw Amsterdam, during the White Nights Festival in St.Petersburg (as Antonio in Cimarosa’s ″Cleopatra″), among others.

Maria Gortsevskaya participated in many audio- and video recordings such as ″War and Peace″ and ″Fiery Angel″ for Philips-Classics, and ″Cosi fan tutte″ for Euro Radio with the Latvian National Opera and ″La Cambiale di matrimonio″ for Dynamic (Rossini Opera Festival). Upon an invitation of film director Tony Palmer, she participated in the shooting of ″Parsifal″ with Placido Domingo in the main part.
In 2013 she sang Wellgunde in „Das Rheingold“ and „Götterdämmerung“ at La Scala in Milano and with the BBC Proms in London, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
In 2014 she made her debut at Liceu Barcelona with the new production of „Die Legende von der unsichtbaren Stadt Kiteg und der Jungfrau Fevronia“ (R.: Dmitri Tcherniakov, M.: Josep Pons).
Moreover, she made her debut in Copenhagen and Malmö as Olga in EUGENE ONEGIN at COPENHAGEN OPERA FESTIVAL und gave two concerts at Schostakowitsch-Tage 2015 with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under Vladimir Jurowski.
Since 2008 Maria Gortsevskaya has been living in Germany.

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Torsten Kerl / Tenor

The young German singer Torsten Kerl is one of the most sought-after Helden-tenor in the world. He performs at the great international opera-houses and concert-halls in Vienna (Staatsoper, Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Volksoper), New York (MET), Milano (Scala), Berlin (Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus), ...

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The young German singer Torsten Kerl is one of the most sought-after Helden-tenor in the world. He performs at the great international opera-houses and concert-halls in Vienna (Staatsoper, Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Volksoper), New York (MET), Milano (Scala), Berlin (Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus), London (Covent Garden, London Symphony Orchestra), Dresden (Semperoper), Hamburg (Oper, Musikhalle), Munich (Staatsoper), Amsterdam (De Nederlandse Opera, Concertgebouw), Brussels (Opera de Munt), Barcelona (Liceu), Paris (Chatelet, Bastille, Salle Pleyel), Florence (Maggio Musicale), Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia), Oslo (Den Norske Opera, Konzerthalle), Zurich (Tonhalle), Lucerne (Kulturzentrum), Geneva (Victoria Hall), Cologne (Oper, Philharmonie), Genua (Teatro Carlo Felice), Marseille (Opera Municipal), Antwerpen (De Vlaamse Opera), Lyon (Opera National) and Tokyo (New National Theatre).
Torsten Kerl is frequently invited to renowned international opera- and concert festivals such as the Bayreuther Festspiele 1996 – 2000, the Schwetzinger Festspiele 1999, the Salzburger Festspiele 2002 and 2004, the Edinburgh Festival 2003, the Glyndebourne Festival 2006 as well as the Smetana Festival In the Czech Republik 2007.
Torsten Kerl has collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Wolfgang Brendel, Renato Bruson, Agnes Baltsa, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Willy Decker, Placido Domingo, Dieter Dorn, Edita Gruberova, Leopold Hager, Thomas Hampson, Christopher Hogwood, Marek Janovski, Harry Kupfer, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Waltraud Meier, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, David Pountney, Ruggiero Raimondi, Donald Runnicles, Kurt Rydl, Matti Salminen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christian Thielemann, Violetta Urmana, Marcello Viotti, Deborah Voigt, Wolfgang Wagner, Bernd Weikl, Simone Young and Mara Zampieri.
Torsten Kerl has won numerous awards and scholarships as a solo oboist – having begun his career as an orchestra musician and instrumental soloist – and as a singer. In 2000 he won a Grammy Award in the category “Best International Opera Recording of the Year”.

Torsten Kerl has, to date, made the following recordings:
Solo-Recital with Arias by Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, Strauss und Korngold (Oehms, 2CD)
E.W. Korngold: "Die tote Stadt" / Donald Runnicles (Orfeo d’Or, 2CD)
E.W. Korngold: "Die tote Stadt" / Jan Latham-Koenig (Arthaus DVD)
G. Mahler: "Das Lied von der Erde" / Semyon Bychkov (EuroArts DVD)
W.A. Mozart: "Don Giovanni" / Michael Halasz (Naxos 3CD)
F. Busoni: "Dr. Faust" / Kent Nagano (Erato, 2CD),
R. Wagner: "Die Meistersinger" / Daniel Barenboim (Bayreuther Festspiele)
G. Verdi: "Alzira" / Fabio Luisi (Phillips 2CD)
New Engagements in the Season 07/08:
Volksoper Wien (Pedro/ "Tiefland"), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Pedro/ "Tiefland"), Nice ("Wagner-Gala"), RSO Berlin in der Philharmonie (Weill/ "Silbersee"), Städtische Bühnen Köln (Title role/ "Tannhäuser"), Dresden ("Missa Solemnis").
New Engagements in the Season 08/09:
San Francisco (Paul/ "Die tote Stadt"), London Covent Garden (Erik/ "Der fliegende Holländer"), London Covent Garden (Paul/ "Die tote Stadt"), Glyndebourne Festival (Title role/ "Tristan").
New Engagements in the Season 09/10:
London Symphony Orchestra (Title role/ "Otello" – operatic concert), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Title role/ "Rienzi"), New National Theatre Tokyo (Don José/ "Carmen").

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Dietrich Henschel / Bass

The bariton Dietrich Henschel is a singer who´s repertoire extends from the beginning of baroque opera to modern day avantgarde. He debuted at the Münchener Biennale with the title role of Michèle Réverdy´s opera “Le Precepteur“. At the opera in Kiel, he performed many classics such as Papageno, Coun in „Le nozze di Figaro”, ...

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The bariton Dietrich Henschel is a singer who´s repertoire extends from the beginning of baroque opera to modern day avantgarde. He debuted at the Münchener Biennale with the title role of Michèle Réverdy´s opera “Le Precepteur“. At the opera in Kiel, he performed many classics such as Papageno, Coun in „Le nozze di Figaro”, the role of Pelleas, Monteverdi´s Orfeo and Henze´s Prinz von Homburg. Mr Henschel´s international career began with Busoni´s “Doktor Faust” in Lyon and Henze´s “Prinz von Homburg” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Invitations followed from the important opera houses in Europe. Henschel has a broad repertory: amongst others, Rossini´s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, the part of Wolfram in Wagner´s “Tannhäuser“, Monteverdi´s “Il ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria“,Krenek´s “Karl der V“, Mozart´s “Don Giovanni“, Beckmesser in Wagner´s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Berg´s “Wozzeck“, Dr Schoen in Bergs “Lulu“, Golaud in Debussy´s “Pelleas et Melisande“ and Nick Shadow in Stawinsky´s “The Rakes Progress“. Most recently he sang Kunrad in“Feuersnot“ and Johanaan in“Salome“, both operas by Richard Strauss.
In addition to opera, a wide range of acclaimed recordings testifies to Dietrich Henschel’s success as a lied interpreter and an oratorio singer. Mr. Henschel’s collaboration with great conductors such as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe or Colin Davis is documented on many CD’s and DVD’s.
In a daring attempt to visualize the literary and emotional content of the lieder he sings, Mr. Henschel has also been exploring the intersection between art music, theatre, and the visual media. In 2010 he performed a staged version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, which was featured in major European theatres such as La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, and der Komische Oper.
In 2013 the film project “IRRSAL”, with the english title “forbidden prayers – triptych of illicit love” (directed by Clara Pons) was premiered in Tonhalle Dusseldorf. The film in which Henschel appears as a main actor, is combined with a live perfomance of the songs in concert.
His most recent project “WUNDERHORN” (2015) is a feature film for the live performance of the “Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Gustav Mahler. It was produced with the support of a team of seven international coproduction partners (so as De Doelen, Rotterdam, BBS Symphony Orchestra London and Théatre La Monnaie, Bruxelles). Both film projects still are on European tour.

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Dietrich Henschel / Bass

The bariton Dietrich Henschel is a singer who´s repertoire extends from the beginning of baroque opera to modern day avantgarde. He debuted at the Münchener Biennale with the title role of Michèle Réverdy´s opera “Le Precepteur“. At the opera in Kiel, he performed many classics such as Papageno, Coun in „Le nozze di Figaro”, ...

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The bariton Dietrich Henschel is a singer who´s repertoire extends from the beginning of baroque opera to modern day avantgarde. He debuted at the Münchener Biennale with the title role of Michèle Réverdy´s opera “Le Precepteur“. At the opera in Kiel, he performed many classics such as Papageno, Coun in „Le nozze di Figaro”, the role of Pelleas, Monteverdi´s Orfeo and Henze´s Prinz von Homburg. Mr Henschel´s international career began with Busoni´s “Doktor Faust” in Lyon and Henze´s “Prinz von Homburg” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Invitations followed from the important opera houses in Europe. Henschel has a broad repertory: amongst others, Rossini´s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, the part of Wolfram in Wagner´s “Tannhäuser“, Monteverdi´s “Il ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria“,Krenek´s “Karl der V“, Mozart´s “Don Giovanni“, Beckmesser in Wagner´s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Berg´s “Wozzeck“, Dr Schoen in Bergs “Lulu“, Golaud in Debussy´s “Pelleas et Melisande“ and Nick Shadow in Stawinsky´s “The Rakes Progress“. Most recently he sang Kunrad in“Feuersnot“ and Johanaan in“Salome“, both operas by Richard Strauss.
In addition to opera, a wide range of acclaimed recordings testifies to Dietrich Henschel’s success as a lied interpreter and an oratorio singer. Mr. Henschel’s collaboration with great conductors such as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe or Colin Davis is documented on many CD’s and DVD’s.
In a daring attempt to visualize the literary and emotional content of the lieder he sings, Mr. Henschel has also been exploring the intersection between art music, theatre, and the visual media. In 2010 he performed a staged version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, which was featured in major European theatres such as La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, and der Komische Oper.
In 2013 the film project “IRRSAL”, with the english title “forbidden prayers – triptych of illicit love” (directed by Clara Pons) was premiered in Tonhalle Dusseldorf. The film in which Henschel appears as a main actor, is combined with a live perfomance of the songs in concert.
His most recent project “WUNDERHORN” (2015) is a feature film for the live performance of the “Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Gustav Mahler. It was produced with the support of a team of seven international coproduction partners (so as De Doelen, Rotterdam, BBS Symphony Orchestra London and Théatre La Monnaie, Bruxelles). Both film projects still are on European tour.

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Rundfunkchor Berlin / Choir

With round about 60 concerts per season and international guest performances – thereunder a celebrated residency at the White Light Festival of New York’s Lincoln Center in October 2016 as well as the first South America tour – Rundfunkchor Berlin is of the world’s outstanding choral ensembles. Three Grammy® Awards alone mark the success of the ensemble. The exceptional breadth of its repertoire, an unmistakable warm, richly nuanced sound, ...

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With round about 60 concerts per season and international guest performances – thereunder a celebrated residency at the White Light Festival of New York’s Lincoln Center in October 2016 as well as the first South America tour – Rundfunkchor Berlin is of the world’s outstanding choral ensembles. Three Grammy® Awards alone mark the success of the ensemble. The exceptional breadth of its repertoire, an unmistakable warm, richly nuanced sound, absolute precision and delight in experimentation all contribute to making it one of the chosen partners of international orchestras and conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann or Yannick Nézet-Séguin. It is the permanent partner of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as of Berlin’s Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester.

Rundfunkchor Berlin’s experimental project series has attracted great worldwide attention. In collaboration with artists from diverse disciplines, the chorus breaks down the classical concert formation and adopts new modes of choral music for a new audience. Some prime examples: the interactive scenic version of Brahms’s »Ein deutsches Requiem« staged by Jochen Sandig / Sasha Waltz & Guests – »human requiem« – toured to New York, Hongkong, Paris, Brussels, Athens, Hong Kong a.o. and was chosen among »The Best Classical Music 2016« of The New York Times. The music-dance-theatre »LOVER« by Christian Jost premiered in Berlin in 2014 and toured to Taipei and Hong Kong in 2016. In October 2017 the concert-performance »LUTHER dancing with the gods« by Robert Wilson with music from Bach, Nystedt and Reich will celebrate its premiere at Berlin’s new Pierre Boulez Hall.

With its annual activities for various target groups – the big Sing-along Concertin the Berlin Philharmonie, the Festival of Choral Cultures for international choirs and the Liederbörse(Song Exchange) for children and young people – Rundfunkchor Berlin invites people of all ages and walks of life to become immersed in the world of professional choral music. Its long-term education programme SING! encourages singing in Berlin’s elementary schools. With its Academy and Schola for young professional singers as well as the Berlin International Masterclass for highly qualified young choral conductors it supports the next generation.

Founded in 1925 the choir celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015. Since its foundation the ensemble was shaped by conductors including Helmut Koch, Dietrich Knothe, Robin Gritton and Simon Halsey. As of season 2015/16 Gijs Leenaars has taken up his post as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Rundfunkchor Berlin. Simon Halsey was appointed Conductor Laureate and will retain his ties to the ensemble as regular guest conductor. Rundfunkchor Berlin is an ensemble of Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin (Shareholders: Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg).

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