Salzburg Easter Festival: Choral Concert

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Elīna Garanča Mezzosoprano
Damen des Wiener Singvereins
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor

    Gustav Mahler

    • Symphony No. 3 in d minor
    • 27.03.2018
      19:00 Uhr
      Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
    • 30.03.2018
      19:00 Uhr
      Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus

    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.

    Elīna Garanča

    Elīna Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga and studied with her mother at the Latvian Academy of Music. She won the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. After engagements in Meiningen and Frankfurt, she quickly established a reputation for herself as one of the foremost mezzo-sopranos of our day with appearances in leading opera houses and concert halls all over the world. 2005 she became an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon.

    In May 2013 she was honoured by the Vienna State Opera with the title of Austrian Kammersängerin. Since her debut with the company as Lola in 2003, she has appeared in over 140 performances of eighteen different roles.

    In addition to her operatic engagements, Elīna Garanča appears regularly in leading concerts halls throughout Europe and America. In April 2013 she made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.