»Osterfestspiele im Herbst«: Mozart Requiem

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Requiem d-Moll KV 626

Einzelkartenverkauf ab 1. August 2021 

  • 29.10.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
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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.

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

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.

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.