Easter Festival Salzburg: Non-subscription Concert I

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Anja Harteros Soprano
Christa Mayer Alto
Peter Seiffert Tenor
Georg Zeppenfeld Bass
Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien
Vienna Philharmonic

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    • Symphony No. 9 d minor opus 125
    • 10.04.2017
      17:00 Uhr
      Grosses Festspielhaus
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    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.

    Anja Harteros

    Anja Harteros is one of the most popular sopranos in the world today, regularly appearing at all the great opera houses and concert venues. At the young age of 23, while still studying at Cologne’s University of Music and Dance under Liselotte Hammes, she was engaged by the opera houses of Gelsenkirchen and Bonn. Her success in winning the »Cardiff Singer of the World« competition in 1999 was the first important step towards an international career that has seen her perform at such top opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the State Operas of Munich, Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg as well as the Semperoper Dresden. Anja Harteros has worked with renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and James Levine. In the current season she will sing at the 11th Symphony Concert under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

    Nach dem Gewinn des Wettbewerbes »Cardiff Singer of the World 1999« folgte eine internationale Karriere mit Engagements an allen großen internationalen Opernhäusern wie der Metropolitan Opera, der Mailänder Scala, den Staatsopern in München, Wien, Berlin, Hamburg und der Semperoper Dresden. Sie arbeitet mit namhaften Dirigenten wie Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti und James Levine zusammen.

    Christa Mayer

    Born in the town of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Christa Mayer studied voice at the Bavarian Academy of Singing and Munich’s University of Music and Theatre. She has sung at the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as Hamburg’s State Opera. In the summer of 2008 she made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the roles of Erda and Waltraute, under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

    In the Wagner Jubilee Year of 2013 she not only sang at Bayreuth but also in diverse productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Berlin Philharmonie, the State Opera Hamburg as well as the Lucerne Festival. Christa Mayer has been an ensemble member of the Semperoper Dresden since 2001.

    Georg Zeppenfeld


    After initial engagements in Münster and Bonn, Georg Zeppenfeld joined the Semperoper Dresden in 2001, which he has subsequently made his artistic home. He has been a guest artist at Vienna’s State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Salzburg Festival and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. 

    At the Bayreuth Festival he was King Heinrich in »Lohengrin « and Veit Pogner in »Die Meistersinger«. In addition to his operatic work, Georg Zeppenfeld is in great demand as a concert singer, performing with many of the world’s premier orchestras.

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