Advent Concert of ZDF

Petr Popelka Conductor
Lang Lang Piano
Katharina Konradi
Jonathan Tetelman tenor
Samuel Kummer Orgel
Dresdner Kreuzchor
State Opera Chorus Dresden

Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

  • Marsch aus der Ballettmusik zu »Der Nussknacker«

Camille Saint-Saëns

  • Nr. 2 Chœur »Gloria in altissimis Deo« aus dem »Oratorio de Noël« (Weihnachtsoratorium) op. 12
  • Nr. 4 Air »Domine, ego credidi« aus dem »Oratorio de Noël« (Weihnachtsoratorium) op. 12
  • Nr. 10 Chœur »Tollite hostias« aus dem »Oratorio de Noël« (Weihnachtsoratorium) op. 12

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Auszüge aus den »Goldberg-Variationen« BWV 988

Georg Friedrich Händel

  • Arie »Oh! Had I Jubal’s lyre« aus dem Oratorium »Joshua«
  • Chor »The great Jehovah is our awful theme« aus dem Oratorium »Joshua«

Richard Strauss

  • Sinfonisches Zwischenspiel Nr. 2: »Träumerei am Kamin« aus der Oper »Intermezzo« op. 72

Lili Boulanger

  • Psalm 24 »La terre appartient à l'Eternel«

César Franck

  • »Panis angelicus« FWV61

Edvard Grieg

  • 2. Satz: Adagio aus dem Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 16

Engelbert Humperdinck

  • »Weihnachten«. Lied für hohe Singstimme
  • »Festklänge« aus der Märchenoper »Dornröschen«

Pre-Christmas festive music

Last year, more than two million music lovers watched the ZDF Advent Concert on their TV screens, broadcast from Dresden’s empty Frauenkirche. The programme was dedicated to seasonal sounds and quiet reflection; renowned soloists performed together with the Staatskapelle Dresden in an expression of solidarity in troubled times. Together with conductor Petr Popelka, the Staatskapelle will continue this beloved pre-Christmas tradition. So join us at this year’s Advent Concert to get into the festive spirit!

Petr Popelka

Within just two seasons, Petr Popelka established himself as one of the most inspiring young conductors. He has been Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) since August 2020 and will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, starting September 2022. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava.

As a guest conductor, in the 2021/2022 season, Petr Popelka will return to the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra, and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. He will make debuts with renowned orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Staatskapelle Weimar, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen. Operatic engagements will take him to Semperoper Dresden for a new production of Shostakovich's The Nose and to Prague National Theatre for a new production of Bizet's Carmen as well

as a series of performances of Mozart's Figaro. In the summer of 2021, he made his acclaimed debut with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

In the 2019/2020 season, Petr Popelka was the first ever Conductor Fellow of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Having devoted himself increasingly to conducting since 2016, it was only a year later that Petr Popelka was awarded the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize 2017. His new career path was particularly encouraged and nurtured by Vladimir Kiradjiev and Alan Gilbert, and master classes with Peter Eötvös, Jaap van Zweden and Johannes Schlaefli also had a formative influence on his development as a conductor.

Petr Popelka acquired his music education both in his hometown of Prague as well as in Freiburg. Between 2010 and 2019 he held the position of deputy principal double bass of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. Next to conducting, his work as a composer plays another important role within Petr Popelka’s artistic range.

Lang Lang

Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music today – as a pianist, educator and philanthropist he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or just for a few hundred children in the public schools, he is a master of communicating through music.

Heralded by the New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet”, Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all over the world. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Eschenbach and performs with all the world’s top orchestras. Lang Lang is known for thinking outside the box and frequently steps into different musical worlds. His performances at the GRAMMY Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams or jazz legend Herbie Hancock were watched by millions of viewers.

For about a decade Lang Lang has contributed to musical education worldwide. In 2008 he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live music experiences. In 2013 Lang Lang was designated by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a
Messenger of Peace focusing on global education.

Lang Lang started playing the piano aged three, and gave his first public recital before the age of five.

He entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory aged nine, and won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at 13. He subsequently went to Philadelphia to study with legendary pianist Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was seventeen when his big break came, substituting for André Watts at the Gala of the Century, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the
baton of Christoph Eschenbach: he became an overnight sensation and the invitations started to pour in.

Lang Lang’s boundless drive to attract new audiences to classical music has brought him tremendous recognition: he was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos and was picked as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. In December 2011 he was honoured with the highest prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and received the highest civilian honours in Germany (Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and France (Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters). In 2016 Lang Lang was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents and monarchs from many nations.

Katharina Konradi

Born in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Katharina Konradi, is the first soprano from the country to have an international career on the recital, concert and opera platforms. She began her vocal training in 2009 with Julie Kaufmann in Berlin, and continued her studies with a Masters degree in Lied interpretation with Christiane Iven and Donald Sulzen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Masterclasses
with Helmut Deutsch and Klesie Kelly-Moog provided the soprano with further musical and artistic impulses.

After initial engagements at the Hessen State Theatre in Wiesbaden she has in the meantime become a member of the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera, where she sings major soprano roles, including Pamina, Despina, Musetta and Gretel. Also in the 18/19 season she made her debut as 'Zdenka' in R. Strauss' opera

Arabella at the Semperoper in Dresden. In the spring of 2021, the artist debuted as 'Sophie' in the new production of Strauss' Rosenkavalier (stage director: Barrie Kosky) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the first production of the designated chief
conductor Vladimir Jurowski. In the summer of 2021 she is a guest at the Bayreuth Festival again as 'Junger Hirte' at Tannhäuser (production: Tobias Kratzer).

Lied interpretation is a special preoccupation for the young artist. In the current season she gives recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, in Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie) and Berlin (Boulez-Saal). In the TV broadcast Stars of Tomorrow on arte-TV hosted by Rolando Villazón she presented songs by Richard Strauss.

Jonathan Tetelman

Praised for his "vocally magnificent, radiant and distinctive tenor” (Opera Aktuell), this season Jonathan Tetelman makes three Verdi role and company debuts: as Stiffelio with Opéra national du Rhin, Jacopo Foscari alongside Placido Domingo in I due Foscari with Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and as Loris Ipanow in Fedora with Oper Frankfurt. He returns to the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca in his debut with Theater an der Wien, and returns to B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in his debut with the Bregenzer Festspiele. Last season, he returned to Semperoper Dresden as B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, made his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Paolo in Francesca da Rimini, his first performances of Canio in Pagliacci in a return to Teatro Regio Torino, returned to the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca with Opéra de Lille, and sang Don José in Carmen alongside star mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in a concert tour of Eastern Europe which was broadcast on Bartók Radio.

Mr. Tetelman made his Royal Opera House at Covent Garden debut as both Alfredo in La traviata and Rodolfo in La bohème and returned to the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca with Teatro Regio Torino, Semperoper Dresden and Gran Teatre del Liceu, made his role debut as B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opéra national de Montpellier, the title role of Werther with both Gran Teatro Nacional de Lima and Opera del Teatro Solis, Rodolfo in La bohème with Komische Oper Berlin, English National Opera and Fujian Grand Theatre in China, and Duca in Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera Festival.


On the concert stage, Mr. Tetelman has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker under Maestro Dan Ettinger, joined soprano Kristine Opolais in a gala performance in Moscow as well as with the Wurth Philharmoniker in Künzelsau. He also recently joined the Copenhagen Philharmonic for a Verdi Gala. He has sung Verdi’s Requiem with the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milan Festival Orchestra, and the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Orchestra Now, both Dvorak’s Requiem and Stabat Mater with the St. George’s Choral Society, and joined soprano Nadine Sierra in concert at Festival Napa Valley.

Mr. Tetelman completed the graduate performance studies program at The New School of Music, Mannes College and earned his undergraduate degree from Manhattan School of Music. He was born in Castro, Chile and grew up in central New Jersey.

Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer, 1968 in Stuttgart geboren, studierte Kirchenmusik an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. In den Orgelklassen von Ludger Lohmann, Werner Jacob und Christoph Bossert. Wichtige Impulse erhielt er auf Meisterkursen bei Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Hans Fagius, Jean-Claude Zehnder und Lorenzo Ghielmi.

Seit 1988 konzertiert Samuel Kummer im In- und Ausland. Er gab zahlreiche Konzerte in den Beneluxstaaten, den baltischen Staaten, in Mittelamerika und den USA sowie in Russland. Er trat auf beim Styriartefestival, beim Lucerne Festival, beim Europäischen Orgelfestival Maastricht, beim Internationalen Bachfestival Warschau sowie bei den Internationalen Recklinghäuser Orgeltagen.

2005 gastierte er zum wiederholten Mal in der Kathedrale zu Guatemala-City, wo er sich 1999 für die Restaurierung und Erhaltung der historischen Walcker-Orgel von 1937 eingesetzt hat. Auf Einladung des Goethe-Instituts konzertierte er in der Philharmonie St. Petersburg, beim Barockorgelfestival Mexico-City sowie beim Slowakischen Rundfunk.

Im Jahr 2005 wurde Samuel Kummer an die Frauenkirche zu Dresden berufen. Seit 2007 ist Kummer Lehrbeauftragter für Orgelimprovisation und Literaturspiel an der Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden.

Dresdner Kreuzchor

The Dresden Kreuzchor is one of the world’s oldest and most famous boys’ choirs. First mentioned by the boys’ choirs’ association in 1300, its most important task more than 700 years later is still the musical accompaniment of the vespers and services at Dresden’s Kreuzkirche. Not only on religious holidays but also throughout the whole church year, the Kreuzchor accompanies half of all liturgical services in the famous church at the old market.

The impressive architecture of the Kreuzkirche is an added attraction for the 3000 spectators of its choir concerts. As the city’s oldest and critically acclaimed cultural institution, the Dresden Kreuzchor has marked Dresden’s musical life in a very special way and spreads the city’s reputation as a cultural metropolis throughout the world as one of its most prominent ambassadors.

Several times a year, the Dresden Kreuzchor goes on national and international concert tours, beyond German and European borders to Israel, Canada, Japan, South America and the USA. Moreover, it performs at international music festivals as well as countless radio and television recordings. A very wide repertoire ranging from early Baroque to world premieres of contemporary music has enabled it to make more than 800 recordings in the last 80 years for prestigious record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Capriccio and Berlin Classics. There is a constant cooperation with famous orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. Renowned opera houses regularly employ choir soloists for solo parts such as the three boys in the Magic Flute.

State Opera Chorus Dresden

Had it not been for Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden’s opera chorus would not have been founded, or at least not on October 8, 1817. It was Weber who obtained royal approval for this initiative; after all, it was his artistic mission (and personal ambition) to establish a German opera company alongside the tradition-steeped Italian opera. Besides suggesting other reforms for the staging of opera, he argued that it was now essential to have a regular choir. The choir started to participate in the traditional Palm Sunday concerts as early as 1827. Major landmarks in its history include the performances in 1846, 1847 and 1849 of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the later Kapellmeister Richard Wagner, who was forced to flee Dresden shortly after the last-mentioned performance.

Currently comprising 89 singers, the Dresden State Opera Chorus has now become one of Europe’s finest opera choruses and has been acclaimed as such in virtually every premiere review in recent years. This preservation of tradition, coupled with a growing awareness of quality, is indebted to such artists as Joseph Metzner, Wilhelm Fischer, Karl Maria Pembaur, Ernst Hintze, Gerhart Wüstner, Franz Peter Müller-Sybel, Hans-Dieter Pflüger, Matthias Brauer and Pablo Assante, who have led the choir through difficult times to the present day. The Dresden State Opera Chorus is currently directed by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen, who since assuming his post in 2014 has maintained and developed such qualities as tonal coherence, refinement and reliably consistent precision.

The State Opera Chorus of today has to a significant degree been shaped by its collaboration with the conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli, who died far too early and dedicated much time and effort to developing the choir’s artistic potential. Nowadays, the choir frequently demonstrates its qualities in operatic productions and concert performances. Radio, television and CD recordings bear further testimony to the immense prowess on account of which the State Opera Chorus is much sought after in many places besides Dresden: the choir receives invitations to perform at festivals, on tours and in concerts and has since 2013 worked together with the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Salzburg Easter Festival, which has been directed by Christian Thielemann ever since. October 8, 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Dresden State Opera Chorus.