Symphony Concert N° 8

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Stephen Gould Waldemar
Camilla Nylund Tove
Christa Mayer Waldtaube
Kwangchul Youn Bauer
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Klaus-Narr
Franz Grundheber Sprecher
State Opera Chorus Dresden
MDR Rundfunkchor

Arnold Schönberg

  • »Gurre-Lieder« für Soli, Chor und Orchester

»Behold the sun!«

Between 1900 and 1911 Arnold Schoenberg worked on his late-Romantic »Gurre-Lieder«, afterwards describing this composition as »the key to my entire development«. The roots of the story of King Waldemar and his beloved Tove, who is ultimately murdered by the jealous Queen, can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Schoenberg drew on Jens Peter Jacobsen’s version of the Danish saga to create a monumental work that brilliantly opens up previously unimagined vocal and instrumental vistas.

  • 08.03.2020
    11:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    67.00 €
  • 09.03.2020
    20:00 Uhr
  • 10.03.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    23.00 – 67.00 €

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.

Camilla Nylund

Born in the Finnish city of Vaasa, Camilla Nylund studied at Salzburg’s Mozarteum. A multiprizewinner in international competition, she sang at Hanover’s State Opera before joining the ensemble of the Semperoper, subsequently receiving the honorary title »Kammersängerin«. Opera fans in Dresden have enjoyed her performances as Fiordiligi, Agathe, Mimí, Desdemona, Elisabeth, Daphne, Salome and Elsa. She is also a highly popular guest artist, appearing at La Scala, Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam as well as in Bayreuth and Salzburg. Camilla Nylund has sung at several Staatskapelle concerts, performing the soprano parts in Beethoven’s »Missa solemnis«, Mahler’s »Resurrection Symphony« and the »German Requiem« by Brahms.

Bei den Bayreuther Festspielen debütierte sie 2011 als Elisabeth im »Tannhäuser«. Außerdem gastierte sie unter anderem am Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, am Opernhaus Zürich, bei den Salzburger Festspielen, dem Royal Opera House Covent Garden und im Rahmen einer Japan-Tournee der Osterfestspiele Salzburg unter der Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle.

Camilla Nylund ist regelmäßiger Gast bei führenden Orchestern Europas und Nordamerikas unter der Leitung der renommiertesten Dirigenten. Dieses vielfältige Schaffen ist auf mehr als 30 CD- und DVD-Produktionen weltweit führender Labels dokumentiert.

Christa Mayer

Born in the town of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Christa Mayer studied voice at the Bavarian Academy of Singing and Munich’s University of Music and Theatre. She has sung at the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as Hamburg’s State Opera. In the summer of 2008 she made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the roles of Erda and Waltraute, under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

In the Wagner Jubilee Year of 2013 she not only sang at Bayreuth but also in diverse productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Berlin Philharmonie, the State Opera Hamburg as well as the Lucerne Festival. Christa Mayer has been an ensemble member of the Semperoper Dresden since 2001.

Kwangchul Youn

Der koreanische Sänger war von 1993 bis 2004 Mitglied der Berliner Staatsoper, wo er viele Rollen seines breit gefächerten Repertoires erarbeitete. 2018 wurde ihm hier der Titel „Kammersänger“ verliehen.

Zu den Verpflichtungen der Saison 2018/19 zählen Trovatore (Ferrando) an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München, Lohengrin (König Heinrich), Simone Boccanegra an der Wiener Staatsoper, Zauberflöte (Sarastro) und Meistersinger (Pogner) an der Berliner Staatsoper sowie Parsifal (Gurnemanz) an der Staatsoper Hamburg. Unter der Leitung von Kirill Petrenko wird er in Mahlers Symphonie Nr.8 in Bregenz singen.

In den letzten Jahren war der gefragte Bassist an allen renommierten Opernhäusern in Europa und Übersee zu hören, u.a. an der Wiener Staatsoper (Faust, Zauberflöte, Parsifal, Don Carlo, Tristan, Tannhäuser), Berliner Staatsoper (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin, Rheingold, Eugen Onegin, Tannhäuser), am Teatro alla Scala (Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore, Fidelio), an der Metropolitan Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Troyens, Maria Stuarda, Don Giovanni, Guillaume Tell), Bayerischen Staatsoper München (Parsifal, Der fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, Il Trovatore), Semperoper Dresden (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin), dem Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Lohengrin, Lucia di Lammermoor), dem Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Tristan und Isolde), der Opéra National de Paris (La Forza del Destino, Luisa Miller,

Aida, Rigoletto), Oper Frankfurt (Don Carlos), Lyric Opera Chicago (Parsifal) und am Teatro Regio in Turin (Tannhäuser, Parsifal). Außerdem gastierte er bei den Bayreuther Festspielen (Tristan, Parsifal, Die Walküre, Der fliegende Holländer), den Salzburger Festspielen, den Osterfestspielen Salzburg, den Dresdner Musikfestspielen, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, American Ravina Festival, Klangbogen Wien und dem Beethovenfest Bonn.

Neben seiner Operntätigkeit tritt Kwangchul Youn kontinuierlich als Konzertsänger mit großen Orchestern wie den Berliner Philharmonikern, Wiener Symphonikern, dem Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester Berlin, der Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rom, VARA Radio Amsterdam, Gulbenkian Foundation Lissabon, dem Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Monte Carlo Orchestre Philharmonie, dem Orchester der Mailänder Scala, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Köln, dem NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, dem Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, RAI Turin und bei den BBC Proms auf.

Er ist Mitwirkender auf CD-Produktionen wie Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg der Bayreuther Festspiele unter Daniel Barenboim (Teldec), bei Croesus unter Rene Jacobs (harmonia mundi), in Fidelio (Teldec) und Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni und Tiefland unter Bertrand de Billy (Arte Nova), sowie bei Daphne mit dem WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln unter Semyon Bychkov (Decca; Grammy-Nominierung als beste Opernproduktion bei den Grammy Awards 2006).

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. 

MDR Rundfunkchor

The MDR Radio Choir has long been one of Europe’s top vocal ensembles. Enjoying a wealth of tradition and experience, it is the largest publically funded radio choir, and generally regarded by experts as one of the best. Its repertoire encompasses choral and symphonic works, both sacred and secular,
spanning nearly a thousand years of musical history. Howard Arman was the ensemble’s artistic director from 1998 to 2013, following a distinguished line of former directors that includes Herbert Kegel, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Jörg-Peter Weigle and Gert Frischmuth. Over the 60 and more years of its existence the MDR Radio Choir has released around 200 albums and CDs. And for several decades it has collaborated closely in concert and in the recording studio with the Staatskapelle Dresden.


Neben den internationalen Auftritten tragen preisgekrönte CD-Einspielungen sowie zahlreiche Ur- und Erstaufführungen zum Renommee des traditionsreichen Chores bei. In der Nachfolge von Howard Arman übernahm mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2015/2016 Risto Joost die künstlerische Leitung des Chores.