Osterfestspiele Salzburg: »Don Carlo«

Christian Thielemann Musikalische Leitung
Ildar Abdrazakov Filippo II.
Anja Harteros Elisabetta di Valois
Yusif Eyvazov Don Carlo
Jongmin Park Eboli
Jekaterina Sementschuk Fratre / Carlo V.
Tuuli Takala Stimme vom Himmel
State Opera Chorus Dresden
Bachchor Salzburg
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Giuseppe Verdi

  • »Don Carlo«

Giuseppe Verdi »Don Carlo«

Vieraktige italienische Fassung mit einem Prolog für Orchester von Manfred Trojahn (Uraufführung)
Eine Koproduktion der Osterfestspiele Salzburg mit der Semperoper Dresden
Die komplette Besetzung wird in den Publikationen der Osterfestspiele bekannt gegeben.

  • 04.04.2020
    17:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
  • 13.04.2020
    17:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

S Since 2012/13 season Christian Thielemann has been 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.

In previous seasons Christian Thielemann has contributed greatly to the birthday celebrations for Wagner and Strauss. At the same time he has explored a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina in Dresden and on tour. In the Semperoper he recently conducted new productions of »Der Freischütz« and »Ariadne auf Naxos« while for the Salzburg Easter Festival he interpreted »Die Walküre« and »Tosca«.

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose New Year’s Concert he conducted in 2019. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every

year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. After serving five years as the festival’s Musical Advisor, in June 2015 he became its Music Director. In addition, he has been invited to conduct the leading orchestras of Europe, the United States, Israel and Asia.

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent projects with the Staatskapelle have been to record the symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner as well as numerous operas.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University 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. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Graupa as well as the 49th International youth competition »jugend creativ« of the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken. In 2019 he was awarded honorary membership of the Gustav Mahler Society in Hamburg. His recordings have been showered with awards.

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.

Tuuli Takala

Tuuli Takala wurde in Finnland geboren und studierte an der Sibelius-Akademie in Helsinki und an der Fachhochschule Helsinki Metropolia. Die Sopranistin ist Preisträgerin mehrerer Wettbewerbe und errang u.a. den 1. Preis beim Timo Mustakallio Gesangswettbewerb sowie beim Kangasniemi Gesangswettbewerb in Finnland. Darüber hinaus war sie Finalistin und Preisträgerin des Arnold Schönberg Center Spezialpreises beim 8. Internationalen Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb in Wien und Finalistin und Sonderpreisträgerin beim Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerb in Amsterdam im Jahr 2015.

Tuuli Takala gab 2013 ihr Operndebüt als Königin der Nacht (»Die Zauberflöte«) an der Finnischen Nationaloper in Helsinki. Seitdem führte sie diese Rolle u.a. an die Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, nach Essen, Klagenfurt und zu den Opernfestspielen Savonlinna in Finnland. 

Andere wichtige Partien waren Susanna (»Le nozze di Figaro«) an der Finnischen Nationaloper in Helsinki, Zerlina (»Don Giovanni«) bei den Opernfestspielen in Savonlinna, Gilda (»Rigoletto«) in Dresden und Savonlinna sowie aktuell Olympia (»Les Contes d’Hoffmann«), Waldvogel (»Siegfried«) und Blonde (»Die Entführung aus dem Serail«) an der Semperoper Dresden. Von 2015 bis 2017 war Tuuli Takala hier Mitglied im Jungen Ensemble; seit 2017/18 ist sie festes Ensemblemitglied der Semperoper.

Tuuli Takala ist auch als Liedinterpretin und im Konzertbereich aktiv. So sang sie bspw. Bachs »Weihnachtsoratorium«, die »Johannes-Passion« und die Messe in h-Moll, Händels »Messias«, Mozarts Requiem oder Brahms‘ »Ein deutsches Requiem« u.a. in London, Wien und Tokyo.

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.