New Year's Eve Concert of the Staatskapelle Dresden

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Angela Denoke Soprano
Elisabeth Kulman Mezzo-Soprano
Daniel Behle Tenor

Seeing off the old year in style

With a rousing »Happy New Year!«, the Staatskapelle Dresden and Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann say »Auf Wiedersehen« to 2017 and invite you to spend New Year’s Eve in the most stimulating company. Whilst the pyrotechnical and campanological preparations are underway on Dresden's streets, the audience in the Semperoper can look forward to a scintillating evening of musicalsurprises, courtesy of a most convivial Staatskapelle.

Date of broadcast: 31 December 2017, from 5:30 p.m. on ZDF
  • 30.12.2017
    20:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    135.00 – 200.00 €
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    17:15 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    120.00 – 250.00 €

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

Brahms and Bruckner cycles, tours to Asia, the USA and through Europe, the debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival as well as numerous concerts and opera performances featuring works by those two local gods, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss – Christian Thielemann’s first two seasons as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle have seen a whirlwind of activity.

Thielemann began his professional career in 1978 as a rehearsal pianist at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Following positions in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe and Hanover he joined the conducting staff of the Rhine Opera in Dusseldorf in 1985. Three years later he moved to Nuremberg to become Germany’s youngest Generalmusikdirektor before returning to the Deutsche Oper in his hometown of Berlin in 1997, holding the position of Music Director for seven years. More recently Thielemann led the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 to 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann was appointed Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2013, the same year in which the Staatskapelle became the festival’s resident orchestra.

Christian Thielemann maintains close links with both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also been a leading light at the Bayreuth Festival since his debut there in the summer of 2000 with Wagner’s »Meistersinger«, returning year after year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations.

From June 2015 he has also been Music Director of the festival. 

Thielemann is a popular guest at the Salzburg Summer Festival. For his work on Strauss’s »Die Frau ohne Schatten« at the 2011 festival he was voted »Conductor of the Year« by »Opernwelt« magazine. In great demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the top orchestras of Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, as well as performing in Israel, Japan and China.

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. In addition to the New Year’s Eve Concerts from 2010 to 2013, he and the Staatskapelle have already recorded numerous symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni as well as »Ariadne auf Naxos« by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner’s »Parsifal« for CD and DVD. Their most recent release is a complete cycle of Brahms’ symphonies. Together with the Vienna Philharmonic he has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies for CD and DVD.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig.

Angela Denoke

Angela Denoke appears regularly with the opera houses of Vienna, New York, Paris, London, Munich, Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the Salzburger Festspiele and the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include Vec Makropulos, Salome, Alceste, a New Year’s Eve Lehár Gala (Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann), Die tote Stadt, Die Walküre, Kátya Kabanová, Cardillac, Beethoven Symphony No.9 (with Mikhail Pletnev as well as Daniel Barenboim), Wozzeck (with Ingo Metzmacher) and Fidelio (with Sir Simon Rattle).

Her jazz and chanson programme »From Babelsberg to Beverly Hills«, devoted to the era of Marlene Dietrich and Zarah Leander, has toured throughout Europe. Her Kurt Weill recital »Two Lives to Live« was premiered at the 2011 Salzburger Festspiele and toured venues including the Wiener Staatsoper and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Her latest recital programme »Städtebewohner, Kurt Weill und seine Zeit« premiered at the 2015 Salzburger Festspiele.

She was voted Singer of the Year by Opernwelt in 1999 and in 2007 received the Deutsche Theaterpreis Der Faust for her portrayal of Salome. In February 2009 the Austrian Government awarded her the title of Kammersängerin of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Elisabeth Kulman

Elisabeth Kulman is one of today’s most sought-after singers and leading authorities in the international classical music scene. She impresses audiences and critics alike with her rich, colourful timbre, her charismatic stage personality and her musical versatility.

She studied voice with Helena Lazarska at the Vienna Music University, made her debut as Pamina in 2001 at the Volksoper in Vienna and enjoyed early success as a soprano. Since 2005 Elisabeth Kulman has been singing the major parts of the mezzo and alto repertoire. As a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera she quickly became a favourite of the audience and established the basis for her vast repertoire. Her most important roles include Fricka, Erda and Waltraute (»The Ring of the Nibelungs«), Carmen, Mrs. Quickly (»Falstaff«), Brangäne (»Tristan and Isolde«), Begbick (»Mahagonny«), Orlofsky (»The Bat«), Orfeo (»Gluck«) and Marina (»Boris Godunov«).

Since 2010 Elisabeth Kulman has been working as a freelance artist. She is a much sought-after soloist in the metropolitan centres of the music world: Vienna, Paris, London, Munich, Berlin, Tokyo, Salzburg, Moscow, etc. She works regularly with world-class orchestras and conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski or Franz Welser-Möst. She enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Since 2015 Elisabeth Kulman has been focusing her artistic activities on recitals (together with her longtime accompanist Eduard Kutrowatz), concerts and operas in concert. She is especially devoted to unconventional projects: »Mussorgsky Dis-Covered« with an international jazz quartet, »Mahler Lieder« and »Wer wagt mich zu höhnen?« with the ensemble Amarcord Wien as well as »Hungaro Tune« with symphony orchestra and jazz soloists. Her latest solo programme »La femme c’est moi« features pieces from Carmen up to the Beatles.

Daniel Behle

Daniel Behle is one of the most versatile German tenors and is equally successful in the concert, lied and opera genres. His extensive repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to Classical and Romantic works to compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The year 2017 marks an absolute highlight in his carreer, including concert debuts with Santa Cecilia Rome (»Lobgesang« with Pablo Heras-Casado), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (»Jahreszeiten« with Trevor Pinnock), Wiener Symphoniker (»St John Passion« with Philippe Jordan), Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (»St John Passion« with Thomas Hengelbrock), and Berlin Philharmonic (Missa solemnis with Christian Thielemann), as well as his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as David in »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«. In April 2014 he made his acclaimed debut as Matteo in Strauss’s »Arabella« at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Christian Thielemann. 

Daniel Behle appears in concert with renowned orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra or the Stuttgart Bach Academy, working with such conductors as Stefan Asbury, Jiří Bělohlávek, Bertrand de Billy, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Marek Janowski, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, George Petrou, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jérémie Rhorer, Andreas Spering, Jeffrey Tate, and Christian Thielemann.

Daniel Behle fascinates his audiences as a lieder singer at such venues as the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schubertiade, the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonie, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Beethoven House in Bonn, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.