Nicholas Carter & James Ehnes
“Le Tombeau de Couperin” – Suite für Orchester
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
“Ein Heldenleben” (A Hero’s Life), Op. 40
Nicholas Carter - Conductor
The 2022/2023 season is Nicholas Carter’s second season as Chief Conductor and Co-Opera Director of the Bern Opera, with “Die Walküre” (Wagner), “L’enfant et les sortilèges” (Ravel) and “Iolanta” (Tchaikovsky). A guest for the first time at Zurich Opera House, he will conduct Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers”. He makes his debut at the Dresden Semperoper with Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera New York with “Peter Grimes”, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin he conducts a ballet production with the music of Verdi’s Requiem. Since 2019 (Dean, Vaughan Williams) it is his second time conduction the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin .
From 2018-2021 Nicholas Carter was principal conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester. His repertoire there included “Tannhäuser”, “Pelleas et Melisande”, “Simon Boccanegra”, “Rusalka”, “Elektra”, “Cendrillon” and “La Clemenza di Tito”. In his debut at the Santa Fe Opera, he conducted “Die Fledermaus”, returned in 2021 with “Eugene Onegin” and also conducted “Don Carlo” and “Don Pasquale” at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
The Melbourne-born conductor maintains an ongoing relationship with all of Australia’s major orchestras, particularly the Adelaide Symphony, where he served as principal conductor from 2016 to 2019. In Europe, he was assistant to Simone Young at the Staatsoper Hamburg, then Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2014, where he worked closely with GMD Donald Runnicles.
Nicholas Carter is equally present in opera houses and on concert stages. He has recently conducted symphonic repertoire with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Dallas and Oregon Symphony Orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
James Ehnes - Violin
Being part of the whole
“It was his conviction that the tonal system was not exhausted, could never be exhausted; that there were still infinite melodic and harmonic sound combinations waiting in space for their “redeemer”. He often compared the artistic creative process to that of eternally renewing nature.” Luzi Korngold’s approach, handed down from her husband, to music as a perpetual continuity inherent in nature is one of the most sympathetic and fruitful theories of music ever put forward by man. Nicholas Carter’s whole programme is to be understood under this aegis. And James Ehnes is the right soloist to bring Korngold’s “Attempt for the Survival of the Melodic Type of Symphonic Music” to bursting life.
Ravel and Strauss locate themselves no less clearly than Korngold in the tradition of music. If in “Heldenleben” Strauss narrates autobiographically-good-naturedly and thoroughly self-ironically a “Maulheldenleben”, elsewhere he dealt just as lovingly as his French colleague Ravel with the once legendary harpsichord master and composer François Couperin.
Concert introduction: 7.10 p.m., South Foyer, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi
Mensch, Musik! #5 Border Issues – an Exploration
Beethoven, Kagel, Ives, Xenakis, Wagner, Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams
Concert broadcast to the Zeiss-Großplanetarium
Moderated rehearsal – Antonello Manacorda
Antonello Manacorda & Maximilian Hornung
Adam Fischer & Dorottya Láng & Johannes Martin Kränzle
Vasily Petrenko & Siobhan Stagg
Mozart, Berg, Zemlinsky