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.

Expected running time: 90 min.

Date of broadcast: 31 December 2017, from 5:30 p.m. on ZDF
  • 30.12.2017
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
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    Ticket price:
    135.00 – 245.00 €
  • 31.12.2017
    17:15 Uhr
    Semperoper
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    Ticket price:
    150.00 – 250.00 €

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

The 2017 / 2018 season is Christian Thielemann’s sixth as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he occupied until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra. 

Christian Thielemann has contributed to the birthday celebrations for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with numerous Staatskapelle concerts in the Semperoper and on tour. His programmes have also featured a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina. He conducted new productions of »Manon Lescaut«, »Simon Boccanegra«, »Elektra« and »Der Freischütz« in Dresden as well as »Parsifal«, »Arabella«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Otello« and »Die Walküre« in Salzburg. 

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. In 2010 he was appointed the festival’s Musical Advisor, and in June 2015 he became its Music Director. Much in demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras in Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and has also performed in Israel, Japan and China. 

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent ventures have been the recordings of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies nos. 4 and 6, the complete cycle of the symphonies and solo concertos of Johannes Brahms as well as the operas »Der Freischütz«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci« and »Elektra« for CD or DVD. Alongside the New Year’s Eve Concerts of 2010 to 2013, he has already released many CDs and DVDs with the Staatskapelle featuring symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. 

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, followed by the prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016.

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.