Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 ("Tragic Symphony")
Mass No. 3 in F minor for Soli, Choir and Orchestra WAB 28
Philippe Herreweghe - Conductor
Philippe Herreweghe was born in Ghent and studied at both the university and music conservatory there. During this period he started conducting and founded Collegium Vocale Gent in 1970.
Philippe Herreweghe’s energetic, authentic and rhetorical approach to baroque music was soon drawing praise. In 1977 he founded the ensemble La Chapelle Royale in Paris, with whom he performed music of the French Golden Age. He founded several ensembles with whom he made historically appropriate and well-thought-out interpretations of repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to contemporary music. They include the Ensemble Vocal Européen, specialised in Renaissance polyphony, and the Orchestre des Champs Élysées, founded in 1991 with the aim of playing pre-Romantic and Romantic repertoire on original instruments. Last season Philippe Herreweghe, together with soloists Magdalena Kožená and Andrew Staples, presented Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in historic timbres.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include guest appearances with the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Together with the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, he will tour Europe and Asia with, among others, the Missa Solemnis by Ludwig van Beethoven.
In September 2021, Philippe Herreweghe will return to the Musikfest Bremen with concerts together with Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Collegium Vocale Gent. Having already made his Musikfest debut in 1996 with the choir and orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Gent, he will be honoured in 2021 with the Musikfest Award Bremen for his outstanding artistic work.
In addition, Herreweghe was awarded the “Ultima” cultural prize for general cultural merit by the Flemish government in the same year. Philippe Herreweghe has received numerous awards for his consistent artistic imagination and commitment. In 1990 the European music press named him “Musical Personality of the Year”. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent were appointed “Cultural Ambassadors of Flanders” in 1993. A year later he was awarded the Belgian order of Officier des Arts et Lettres, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2003 he received the French title Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2010 the city of Leipzig awarded him its Bach-Medaille for his great service as a performer of Bach. In 2017 Philippe Herreweghe received an honorary doctorate at Ghent University.
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller - Soprano
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller is considered one of the leading song and concert interpreters of our time and is also celebrated on the opera stage. The soprano celebrated her international breakthrough as Zdenka in Richard Strauss’ Arabella under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival, for which she was voted “Young Artist of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine. She is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses and festivals such as the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Dresden Semperoper, the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Zurich Opera House and the Salzburg Festival.
In the 2022-23 season, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller will once again demonstrate her incomparable versatility. She makes her highly anticipated debut as Wagner’s Eva in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Vienna State Opera and returns to Vienna later in the season as Countess Almaviva in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She also sings Cordelia in Reimann’s Lear in Munich and the title role in Arabella conducted by Christian Thielemann in Dresden. The sought-after concert and lied singer Hanna-Elisabeth Müller sings the Four Last Songs by Strauss with the Berlin Staatskapelle and gives concerts in Milan, Dresden and Munich, among other places.
Recent engagements include Marzelline (Fidellio) and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera New York and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at La Scala, Vienna and Munich State Opera. In 2018 she made her debut at the Zurich Opera House in Mozart’s Idomeneo as Ilia and as Elettra at the Bavarian State Opera. From 2012-2016 she was a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera and has been a returning guest ever since. She accompanied the Bavarian State Orchestra on tours to Japan (Pamina, The Magic Flute), to Carnegie Hall New York (Sophie, Rosenkavalier) and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Notable concert performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Sächsische Staatskapelle conducted by Christian Thielemann, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Orchester de Paris.L, Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Orchestral Songs with the WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln and Christoph Eschenbach, Bergs Seven early songs with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Paavo Järvi as well as Schumann’s Faust Scenes at Daniel Harding’s opening concert with the Orchester de Paris.
As a celebrated concert interpreter, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller has made guest appearances in important houses such as La Scala in Milan, London’s Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling, Cologne Philharmonie, De Singel Antwerp, Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, Schubertiada Vilabertran and the Rheinvokal Festival.
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller is a Pentatone exclusive artist. Her debut album Traumgekrönt was released in 2017 and contains songs by Strauss, Berg and Schönberg. Her second song album Reine de Coeur with works by Schumann, Zemlinsky and Poulenc will follow in 2020.
The soprano studied with Rudolf Piernay, with whom she still works closely today. The award-winning soprano attended master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Julia Varady, Elly Ameling and Thomas Hampson.
Anna Lucia Richter
Anna Lucia Richter - Alto
Anna Lucia Richter comes from a large family of musicians. As a long-standing member of the girls’ choir at Cologne Cathedral, she received singing lessons from her mother Regina Dohmen from the age of nine. She was then trained by Prof. Kurt Widmer in Basel and completed her singing studies with distinction with Prof. Klesie Kelly-Moog at the Cologne University of Music. She received further suggestions from Christoph Prégardien, Edith Wiens and Margreet Honig. In the spring of 2020, the artist initiated a change of subject to mezzo-soprano under the guidance of the singing expert Prof. Tamar Rachum, who still supervises her and is now her main teacher. An important step that opened up new opportunities for the artist worldwide. In March 2021 she made a short guest appearance with Mahler’s Wunderhorn songs under the direction of Ádám Fischer in Düsseldorf and in 2022 she interpreted the alto part of Mahler’s second symphony with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jacob Hrusa in Bamberg, Vienna and Baden-Baden.
The change of subject was also possible in the field of opera: in the summer of 2021 she was a guest at the Salzburg Festival and sang Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under Teodor Currentzis. In December 2021 she performed at the Cologne Opera under the direction of F.X. Roth make her debut as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In 2022/23 Offenbach’s La Perichole is scheduled for the Theater an der Wien and a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Sesto) in Cologne.
There are also great concert projects in the 2022/2023 season: Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Ph. Herreweghe in Leipzig, Ravel’s Sheherazade under Alexander Liebreich in Valencia for the first time, Mozart arias with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Elias Grandy in Tokyo as well as Bach’s Matthew Passion with the Vienna Philharmonic under Fr. Welser-Moest and later Beethoven’s C major Mass with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Emmanuel Tjeknavorian in Vienna.
Anna Lucia Richter has recently worked frequently with Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna, e.g. in concert performances of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini, the Orchester de Paris and Thomas Hengelbrock and the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer. With these ensembles, she has repeatedly made guest appearances at major festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the BBC Proms in London, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival or as Artist in Residence at the Rheingau Music Festival 2018 and at the Cologne Philharmonic 2018/19.
The artist has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
In the area of lied, Anna Lucia Richter is a guest with an extensive repertoire in all major lied centres, including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Schubertiada Vilabertran, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberg Spring, New York’s Park Avenue Armory, Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall London. The main focus of the 2022/23 season is the project ‘Licht!’ (concerts with songs from Oswald von Wolkenstein to Weill plus a master class) funded by the German Music Council and new cultural start-up, which she developed together with the pianist Ammiel Buskevitz and performed in Frankfurt, among other places. Nuremberg, Cologne and Stuttgart will be performed. Further recitals take place in Basel, London and Tokyo (the latter together with Till Fellner). Her new CD with songs by J. Brahms will be released on the PENTATONE label in September 2022.
Mauro Peter - Tenor
Mauro Peter celebrated international opera success with the interpretation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music.
Roles such as Belmonte in Entführung aus dem Seraglio, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and above all with his star role, Tamino from The Magic Flute, he made guest appearances at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Semperoper Dresden, the Zurich Opera House and the Salzburg Festival.
In the summer of 2022, Mauro Peter will again be heard as Tamino in The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival. In the coming season he will be seen in the same role at the Opéra National de Paris and at the Semperoper Dresden.
Further highlights in 2023 are his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko with performances in Berlin, Barcelona and Madrid. Numerous concerts followed, among others in the Gewandhaus Leipzig under Andris Nelsons, in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome under Manfred Honeck and in the Musikverein in Vienna under Stefan Gottfried. Recitals take him to the Zurich Opera House and the Graz Music Association. In the latter, in 2023, he will interpret Eisenstein for the first time in a semi-staged version of Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus.
In spring 2022 he made his US debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons. Other conductors Mauro Peter has worked with include Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Zubin Mehta, Trevor Pinnock, Daniel Hope, Teodor Currentzis, Fabio Luisi, Ivor Bolton, Thomas Guggeis, James Gaffigan, Iván Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski , Riccardo Minasi and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
As a concert singer and much-appreciated lieder interpreter, he has made guest appearances at the KKL Luzern, at the Salzburg Mozart Week, with the Munich Philharmonic, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Musikverein in Vienna, as well as in the Konzerthaus in Vienna, in the Musikverein in Graz, at the Verbier Festival and in the Pierre -Boulez-Saal in Berlin, at the Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, at the Zurich Opera House, in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with the Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, at the Royal Festival Hall in London and at the Salzburg Festival.
Mauro Peter has maintained a close relationship with the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg since the beginning of his career, which is expressed in numerous recitals.
The songs of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann are of particular importance to Mauro Peter. After a live recording of the “Schöne Müllerin” from the Wigmore Hall, his debut CD with Goethe songs by Schubert was released on SONY Classical in 2015. Another album with his interpretation of “Dichterliebe” and other Schumann songs was also released by SONY Classical in 2016.
Mauro Peter, born in Lucerne, studied at the Munich University of Music and Theater and the August Everding Theater Academy.
Johannes Kammler - Basso
Johannes Kammler is one of the most promising German baritones of his generation and is equally engaged internationally for opera, symphonic concerts and recitals.
In February 2019 Johannes Kammler was engaged for the first time at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto as Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE. In August 2018 he made his successful debut at the Salzburg Festival with the opera DER PROZESS by Gottfried von Einem.
He was then invited by Rolando Villazón and ZDF/ARTE to the television show “STARS VON MORGEN” in Berlin and in summer 2020 he made his debut at the Bregenz Festival with a song recital and in summer 2021 at the Glyndebourne Festival with Mahler’s LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN under Robin Ticciati . Johannes Kammler has been part of the ensemble of the Stuttgart State Opera since the 2018/2019 season and sings there, for example, Malatesta / DON PASQUALE, Guglielmo / COSI FAN TUTTE, Marcello / LA BOHEME, Conte / LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Papageno / THE MAGIC FLUTE or Oreste in Gluck’s IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE.
Recent engagements at the Staatsoper Stuttgart include his role debut as Figaro/ IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA or as Don Giovanni in Mozart’s opera of the same name. But also recitals, e.g. in London’s Wigmore Hall, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música and symphony concerts, including Orff’s CARMINA BURANA and Mendelssohn’s WALPURGISNACHT with the Duisburg Philharmonic. As a guest, the charismatic baritone was last seen with a scenic interpretation of Haydn’s PAUKENMESSE at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam under Lorenzo Viotti and with his role debut as Donner in Wagner’s RHEINGOLD under Kent Nagano. A tour with Beethoven’s IX followed. SYMPHONY to Athens, St. Petersburg and Moscow under Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra musicAeterna, as well as several concerts with Bach’s MATTHEW PASSION together with the CollegiumVocal Gent under Philipp Herreweghe in the largest concert halls in Europe.
Future engagements again include international song recitals, e.g. together with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau or Cornelius Meister on the grand piano, his debut as Don Giovanni at the Mozart Weeks in Salzburg, Figaro in BARBIERE at Garsington Festival in England and several big concerts, e.g. with the Bach Academy in Stuttgart or again with the Collegium Vocale Gent.
In addition to his work in Stuttgart, Johannes Kammler is regularly in Europe
numerous concerts: e.g. with Handel’s MESSIAH, Mendelssohn’s ELIAS, Donizetti’s REQUIEM, Haydn’s SEASONS or Bach’s MATTHEW PASSION and CHRISTMAS ORATORIO or EIN GERMAN REQUIEM by Brahms and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
In the seasons 2015/16 & 2016/17 Johannes Kammler was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and was subsequently a member of the ensemble there accepted. With roles such as Ruggiero in Halévy’s LA JUIVE, John Sorel in Menottis THE CONSUL, Scherasmin in Weber’s OBERON or Graf Dominik in ARABELLA the charismatic baritone received excellent reviews without exception.
In August 2015 he made his Verbier Festival debut as Marcello in Puccini’s LA BOHEME. In the summer of 2016 he made his house debut at Den Norske Opera in Oslo for one scenic production (Calixto Bieito) of Britten’s WAR REQUIEM and in summer 2017 his role debut as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE at New Generation Festival in Florence.
Johannes Kammler has already sung with such important conductors as: Kirill Petrenko, Bertrand de Billy, Oksana Lyniv, Andrea Battistoni, Asher Fisch, Marco Armiliato, Constantin Trinks, Ivor Bolton, Simone Young, Cornelius Meister, Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, HK Gruber, Teodor Currentzis and Bernard Labadie.
Cooperation with orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra. Johannes Kammler conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela so far e.g. to London, Berlin, Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Porto, Moscow, Caracas and Los Angeles.
Johannes Kammler is also very active and successful as a lieder singer. For example was in October 2016 by the renowned Oxford Song Festival for one invited recital together with Roger Vignoles, with whom he has been performing throughout Europe ever since and is repeatedly engaged for joint recitals; e.g. also at the Wigmore Hall in London, De Doelen in Rotterdam, in Schloss Elmau or at the Beethoven Festival Bonn. He also sings recitals together with his wife, Soprano Anna El-Khashem.
Born in Augsburg, the artist received his first musical training from the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir. Later he studied singing u. a. in Freiburg im Breisgau, Toronto and at the Guildhall in London. Johannes Kammler was a finalist and winner at the international singing competitions NEUE STIMMEN and OPERALIA.
Collegium Vocale Gent
Collegium Vocale Gent
In 1970, on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe, a group of student friends decided to found the Collegium Vocale Gent. The ensemble was one of the first to apply the new insights in the performance practice of Baroque music to vocal music. This authentic, text-directed and rhetorical approach paid attention to a transparent sound, as a result of which the ensemble soon made guest appearances on all the major concert podiums and music festivals worldwide.
Meanwhile, Collegium Vocale Gent organically evolved into an extremely flexible ensemble with a wide repertoire from different stylistic periods. The greatest asset is that the best possible instrumentation is brought together for each project. Renaissance music is performed by an ensemble of six to twelve singers. German Baroque music and especially the vocal works of J.S. Bach have been and remain a centerpiece. Nowadays the Collegium Vocale Gent performs this music preferably with a small ensemble, where the singers perform both choral and solo parts. More and more, the Collegium Vocale Gent also deals with the romantic, modern and contemporary choral repertoire. The Collegium has been supported by the EU Culture Program since 2011, and this has enabled the creation of a mixed symphonic concert choir in which young talents from all over Europe sing side by side with experienced colleagues.
To realize these projects, Collegium Vocale Gent collaborates with various historically informed ensembles such as the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, but also with internationally renowned symphony orchestras.
Collegium Vocale Gent is supported by the Flemish Community, the Province of East Flanders and the City of Ghent. From 2011 to 2013, the ensemble was an ambassador of the European Union.
Christmas Concert – Singing Christmas
Family and school concert