Osterfestspiele Salzburg: Chorkonzert

Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
Venera Gimadieva Sopran
Elisabeth Kulman Mezzo-Soprano
Pavol Breslik Tenor
René Pape Bass
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Antonín Dvořák

  • »Stabat mater« für Soli, Chor und Orchester op. 58
  • 16.04.2019
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
  • 19.04.2019
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus

Christoph Eschenbach


Christoph Eschenbach is one of a select group of artists equally acclaimed for their brilliance at the piano and on the conductor’s rostrum. This will be confirmed once again in the current season when he not only conducts in Dresden and at Salzburg’s Easter Festival but also displays his keyboard mastery at a chamber music recital. After holding top positions with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra, since the autumn of 2010 Eschenbach has been a prime

mover on North America’s music scene as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. Strongly committed to fostering the next generation of musicians, he is until today principal conductor of the Orchestral Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and has played a pivotal role in the careers of such current stars as Lang Lang and David Aaron Carpenter.

Venera Gimadieva

Hailed as ›the new voice of Russia‹ and the star of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Venera Gimadieva has quickly become one of the most sought-after lyric coloratura sopranos in Europe. Her performances as Violetta La traviata have earned sensational reviews, with the Guardian describing her Glyndebourne Festival debut in the role as »thrilling… She is a soprano of huge presence, compelling to watch, with a voice of thrilling security and range, and a special quality to her quieter singing that makes you hang on every note. It's a remarkable, touching Glyndebourne debut.«

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (for returns to the Semperoper Dresden and the Teatro Real, Madrid, as well as her house debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper); Elvira I puritani (Wiener Staatsoper) and a recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season included the Queen of Shemakha The Golden Cockerel (for house debuts at La Monnaie, Brussels and Santa Fe Opera, as well as a return to the Teatro Real, Madrid); the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in Zürich and Beijing; and Violetta La traviata in Dresden.

Other recent highlights include Violetta La traviata for both her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and her USA debut at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra; Norina (»Don Pasquale«) at the Bolshoi; the title role of »Lucia di Lammermoor« in Limoges, Reims and Rouen; Giulietta »I Capuleti e i Montecchi« at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; and

Elvira »I puritani« at the Teatro Real Madrid; her first Juliette »Roméo et Juliette« opposite Juan Diego Flórez’s first Roméo in Lima, Violetta »La traviata« (La Fenice, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Paris Opera, Opéra de Limoges, Opéra de Reims, Hungarian State Opera and Savonlinna Opera Festival), Gilda »Rigoletto« (Hungarian State Opera), and an appearance at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra.

Until recently Gimadieva was a member of the ensemble at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, having studied on their young artist programme, as well as at the Kazan Music College and the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire. Her roles at the Bolshoi have included Gilda »Rigoletto«, Marfa »The Tsar’s Bride«, Ksenia »Boris Godunov«, Amina in a new production of »La Sonnambula« (a performance that won the 2014 Golden Mask award for Best Female Performer in Opera), Violetta in a new production of »La traviata« by Francesca Zambello, the title role of Rimsky-Korsakov’s »The Snow-Maiden«, the Queen of Shemakha in a new production of »The Golden Cockerel« by Kirill Serebriannikov and conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, Sirin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s »The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh» and Maiden »Fevronia«, and Serpina in Pergolesi’s »La serva padrona«. Concert performances in Moscow include Brahms’s »Ein deutsches Requiem« with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

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.

Pavol Breslik

Die steile Karriere des Tenors Pavol Breslik begann im Jahr 2005, als er bei der Kritikerumfrage der Zeitschrift »Opernwelt« zum »Nachwuchssänger des Jahres« gekürt wurde. Von 2003 bis 2006 gehörte Breslik dem Ensemble der Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden an, wo er u. a. mit zahlreichen Mozart-Partien zu hören war. Mit diesen gastierte er dann auch am Teatro Verdi in Triest, am Piccolo Teatro in Mailand, am Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brüssel, beim Glyndebourne Festival, bei den Wiener Festwochen und beim Festival von Aix-en-Provence.

Als Jaquino in »Fidelio« trat er im Pariser Théâtre du Châtelet auf. Inzwischen debütierte er auch bei den Salzburger Festspielen, an der New Yorker MET, am Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London sowie an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

Auch auf den Konzertpodien ist Pavol Breslik ein gern gesehener Gast und musizierte hier mit Orchestern wie dem London Philharmonic Orchestra, dem London Symphony Orchestra dem Orchestre National de France sowie dem Los Angeles Philharmonic unter Dirigenten wie Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti oder Gustavo Dudamel.

René Pape


One of the preeminent singers in the world of classical music, René Pape is a popular guest artist at all the top opera houses, orchestras and festivals. Born in the Saxon capital, he was a boy chorister in the city’s famous Kreuzchor before going on to study at the Dresden Conservatory of Music. He has been an ensemble member of Berlin State Opera since 1988, where he has performed the great bass roles such as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s »Faust«, Philipp II in»Don Carlo«, Rocco in »Fidelio«, Gurnemanz in »Parsifal«, King Heinrich in »Lohengrin« and King Marke in »Tristan«. In other new productions at the State Opera he has appeared as Figaro, Don Giovanni, Boris Godunov, Gremin in »Eugen Onegin« and Wotan in »Rheingold« and »Walküre «, all under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. 

René Pape has been invited to perform at New York’s MET and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian and Vienna State Operas, the Semperoper as well as the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. In addition to his work on the operatic stage, the bass can regularly be heard in concert. He has won several Grammys and ECHO Classical Music Awards, such as the ECHO of 2009 awarded for his solo album »Gods, Kings & Demons« recorded together with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Artistic Director: Peter Dijkstra

The Bavarian Radio Chorus, founded in 1946, is the oldest of the station’s three ensembles. Responsibility for the chorus’s development is traditionally held by the chorus director as well as the conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Illustrious former principal conductors who have left their mark on the chorus are Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel

and Mariss Jansons. The chorus’s artistic director since 2005 has been Peter Dijkstra from the Netherlands. With a stylistically diverse repertoire ranging from medieval motets to contemporary choral works, from oratorios to operas, the Bavarian Radio Chorus is renowned around the world for its breathtaking homogeneity of tone.