Osterfestspiele Salzburg: Chorkonzert

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Golda Schultz Sopran
Szilvia Vörös Alt
Sebastian Kohlhepp Tenor
Alexander Tsymbalyuk Bass
Bachchor Salzburg

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Requiem d-Moll KV 626

  • 02.04.2021
    19:00 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.

Sebastian Kohlhepp

The tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp was born in Limburg an der Lahn, where he got his first musical training in the local boys‘ choir. After studying with Hedwig Fassbender at the Frankfurt University of Music, he was engaged by the State Theatre in Karlsruhe. In the 2013/14 season he was in the ensemble oft he Vienna State Opera, where his roles included Jaquino in »Fidelio« and Froh in »Das Rheingold«. From 2015 to 2017 he was in the ensemble of the Stuttgart Opera, singing roles such as Lucio Vero (Jommelli‘s »Il vologeso«), Alfred (»Die Fledermaus«), Ferrando (»Così fan tutte«), Oronte (»Alcina«), Don Ottavio (»Don Giovanni«) and Lurcanio (»Ariodante«).

Sebastian Kohlhepp has sung at various theatres, including Tamino (»Die Zauberflöte«) at the Basel Theatre and the Theater an der Wien, and Don Ottavio at the Cologne Opera. He returned to Stuttgart in the 2017/18 season to sing Jason (Cherubini‘s »Médée«). He made his debut at the Salzburg Mozart Week in 2018 singing Belmonte (»Die Entführung aus dem Serail«).


In the concert hall, Kohlhepp works regularly with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the B’Rock Orchestra, the Capella Augustina, the Collegium Vocale Gent, the Collegium 1704, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Choir, the NDR Chorus and the RIAS Chamber Choir.  He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2018, singing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Teodor Currentzis.