Salzburg Easter Festival: Mozart Requiem

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Golda Schultz Sopran
Christa Mayer Alto
Sebastian Kohlhepp Tenor
René Pape Bass

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Requiem in d minor, K. 626

Einzelkartenverkauf ab 1. August 2021 

  • 29.10.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
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Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

Since the 2012/2013 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 held 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, Strauss and Beethoven. 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 »Ariadne auf Naxos« and »Capriccio« while for the Salzburg Easter Festival he interpreted »Die Walküre«, »Tosca« and »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«.

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, 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 Anton Bruckner and Robert Schumann, Arnold Schoenberg’s »Gurre-Lieder« as well as numerous operas. Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary professor at Dresden’s Carl Maria von Weber College of Music and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In May 2015 he received the Richard Wagner Prize from the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the Prize from the Semperoper Trust in October 2016. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Graupa. His recordings have been showered with awards.

Christa Mayer

Christa Mayer was born in Sulzbach-Rosenberg and studied singing at the Bayerische Singakademie and the Musikhochschule München. The ARD prizewinner has been a member of the Semperoper Dresden ensemble since 2001. Here she sings roles such as Ottavia (»L'incoronazione di Poppea«), Orlando (»Orlando«), Cornelia (»Giulio Cesare«), Fenena (»Nabucco«), Mrs. Quickly (»Falstaff«), Suzuki (»Madama Butterfly«), Erda, Fricka and Waltraute (»Der Ring des Nibelungen«), Brangäne (»Tristan und Isolde«), Gaea (»Daphne«), Gräfin Geschwitz (»Lulu«) and Auntie (»Peter Grimes«). In 2005 Christa Mayer was awarded the Christel Goltz Prize of the Foundation for the Promotion of the Semper Opera.

Guest performances led the artist to the opera houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Bilbao and Seville, to the Rheingau Music Festival and to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as well as to the Lucerne Festival. In 2007 Christa Mayer performed in La Fura dels Baus's »Ring«-production in Valencia under the baton of Zubin Mehta. In 2008 she made her debut as Erda and Waltraute at the Bayreuth Festival under the direction of Christian Thielemann and has been a regular guest in Bayreuth ever since. In the summer of 2018 she sang Brangäne in »Tristan und Isolde« and Mary in »Der fliegende Holländer«.

In concert performances she worked regularly with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Herbert Blomstedt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Ingo Metzmacher, Marek Janowski, Jonathan Nott, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Colin Davis and Simone Young. In 2015, Christa Mayer made her debut at the New National Theatre in Tokyo as Erda in »Das Rheingold« and was on the Easter tour of the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester with Gustav Mahler's »Resurrection Symphony« conducted by Jonathan Nott in Lisbon, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence and Vienna. In 2018 she made her US-debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season were Herodias in the new production »Salome« at the Semperoper, Erda in »Siegfried« at the NNT Tokyo and Fricka in »Die Walküre« at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2017/18 she appeared at the Semperoper as Didon in the new production »Les Troyens« as well as Brigitta in »Die tote Stadt« and in the cyclical performance of Wagner's »Ring« under Christian Thielemann as Fricka, Erda and Waltraute.

Sebastian Kohlhepp

German tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is one of the most widely hailed singers of his generation, much in demand on the international opera and concert scene. He achieved outstanding success in his acclaimed début as David in Wagner’s Meistersinger under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2019, and he took up the same role in early 2020 at the Semper Opera House in Dresden, thrilling the audience and the press. Sebastian Kohlhepp was born in Limburg, where he received his initial musical training at the local boys’ choir. After his studies with Hedwig Fassbender in Frankfurt he was successively engaged as a member of the ensembles in Karlsruhe, Vienna, and Stuttgart. He has been freelancing since the 2017/18 season. In recent years, Kohlhepp has been making himself a name as a well-versed Mozart tenor. He has sung Tamino at the Theater an der Wien (under René Jacobs), at Basel Theatre, and at the Vienna Volksoper; he gave his début as Belmonte at the Salzburg Mozart Week, covered the role of Don Ottavio in Cologne, and recently sang the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte (under Ivor Bolton) at Dutch National Opera Amsterdam. In the 2020/21 season, Kohlhepp will return as Tamino in a new staging of The Magic Flute at the Semper Opera House in Dresden. Sebastian Kohlhepp is likewise much in international demand as a concert soloist. In the summer of 2018 he gave his Salzburg Festival début appearance in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Teodor Currentzis. In December of the same year, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Andris Nelsons invited him to perform in the United States. To roll in the year 2020, he was featured live on German television (ZDF) in a concert version of Lehár’s The Land of Smiles in the traditional New Year’s Eve performance with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann.

. Kohlhepp makes regular appearances with renowned orchestras and ensembles, including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the RIAS Chamber Choir (Berlin). Collegium Vocale Gent, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the NDR Choir (Hamburg), the Gürzenich Orchestra (Cologne), Gaechinger Cantorey (Stuttgart), and the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. He collaborates with eminent conductors such as Philipp Ahmann, Sylvain Cambreling, Pablo Heras-Casado, Adam Fischer, Alexander Liebreich, François-Xavier Roth, Christophe Rousset, Andreas Spering, and Lorenzo Viotti. He has been invited to perform in major venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Philharmonic Halls in Paris, Berlin, and Cologne, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Shanghai Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals, and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. A great number of CD, DVD and radio broadcast recordings put Sebastian Kohlhepp’s multifarious talents on display. René Jacobs’s recording of Bach’s St John Passion (Harmonia Mundi), with Kohlhepp as aria tenor received the 2017 ICMA Award in the Baroque vocal category. Two of Kohlhepp’s most recent releases include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis under Frieder Bernius for the Carus label, and a live recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s early opera Peter Schmoll with Vienna RSO for Capriccio.

René Pape

Bass

One of the preeminent singers in the world of classical music, René Pape is a popular guest artist at all the top opera houses, orchestras and festivals. Born in the Saxon capital, he was a boy chorister in the city’s famous Kreuzchor before going on to study at the Dresden Conservatory of Music. He has been an ensemble member of Berlin State Opera since 1988, where he has performed the great bass roles such as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s »Faust«, Philipp II in»Don Carlo«, Rocco in »Fidelio«, Gurnemanz in »Parsifal«, King Heinrich in »Lohengrin« and King Marke in »Tristan«. In other new productions at the State Opera he has appeared as Figaro, Don Giovanni, Boris Godunov, Gremin in »Eugen Onegin« and Wotan in »Rheingold« and »Walküre «, all under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. 

René Pape has been invited to perform at New York’s MET and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian and Vienna State Operas, the Semperoper as well as the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. In addition to his work on the operatic stage, the bass can regularly be heard in concert. He has won several Grammys and ECHO Classical Music Awards, such as the ECHO of 2009 awarded for his solo album »Gods, Kings & Demons« recorded together with the Staatskapelle Dresden.