Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Ingo Metzmacher Conductor
Angela Denoke Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

György Ligeti

  • »Lontano« for orchestra

Arnold Schönberg

  • »Erwartung« (Expectation), Monodrama in one Act for soprano and orchestra, Opus 17

Franz Schubert

  • »Great C major Symphony« D 944

Human voices

Hope, jealousy, loneliness and despair – in his expressionist drama »Erwartung« (Ex­pectation), Arnold Schoenberg gave us a musical depiction of the human soul in all its myriad states. His aim, he said, was to »represent in slow motion everything that occurs during a single second of maximum spiritual excitement, stretching it out to half an hour.« Robert Schumann described Franz Schubert’s final completed symphony as hav­ing »life in every fibre, colours in all their finest gradations, meaning everywhere«. Premiered after Schubert’s early death, the work’s »heavenly length« turned this prince of song into a pioneer of the symphonic form in the post-Beethoven age.

  • 28.08.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    10.00 – 20.00 €

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.
 

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) was founded in Vienna in 1986/87 on the initiative of Claudio Abbado. Today it is regarded as the world’s leading youth orchestra and was awarded by the European Cultural Foundation in 2007.

As well as supporting young musicians and their work, Abbado was keen to encourage the music making of young Austrian musicians together with colleagues from the then socialist republics of Czechoslovakia and Hungary. As a consequence, the GMJO became the first international youth orchestra to hold open auditions in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. In 1992, the GMJO opened up to musicians aged up to 26 from all over Europe. As the youth orchestra for the whole of Europe, it is under the patronage of the Council of Europe.

At the auditions that take place every year in over twenty-five European cities, an international jury selects candidates from an average of 2000 applicants. Prominent orchestra musicians are members of this jury and also responsible for the preparation of the repertoire in the individual sections during the rehearsal periods of the orchestra.

The GMJO tour repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary music with the emphasis on the great symphonic works of the Romantic and late Romantic periods. Its high artistic level and

international success have prompted many leading conductors and soloists to perform with the GMJO, such as Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eötvös, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano. The GMJO has been a regular guest at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals for many years, such as the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Mozarteum Argentino in Buenos Aires, the Salzburg Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms, the Semperoper Dresden, and the Lucerne Festival. Many former members of the GMJO are now members of leading European orchestras, some of them in principal positions. In 2012, an intensive partnership with the renowned Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden was announced which includes concerts and projects involving members of both orchestras.

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester was appointed »Ambassador UNICEF Austria« on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Erste Bank and Vienna Insurance Group – Main Sponsors of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.