Symphony Concert N° 1

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Anja Kampe Soprano (30.8.)
Anja Harteros Soprano (1.9.)

Richard Strauss

  • »Der Rosenkavalier«, First sequence of waltzes
  • Three Hymns for voice and orchestra Op. 71
  • »Also sprach Zarathustra«, Opus 30

Richard Strauss

  • »Don Juan« op. 20
  • »Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland«, Opus 56/6
  • »Meinem Kinde«, Opus 37/3
  • »Waldseligkeit«, Opus 49/1
  • »Zueignung« Opus 10/1
  • »Befreit«, Opus 39/4
  • »Ruhe, meine Seele«, Opus 27/1
  • »Morgen«, Opus 27/4
  • »Cäcilie«, Opus 27/2
  • »Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche« op. 28

The Strauss cycle begins

Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle will launch the concert season as well as their Strauss cycle 2020/2021 with two programmes featuring the outstanding sopranos Anja Kampe and Anja Harteros. The rarely heard »Three Hymns« based on texts by the poet Hölderlin (who was born 250 years ago) will be juxtaposed with popular orchestral songs by the composer, who maintained a close relationship with the Staatskapelle during his lifetime. These works are complemented by tone poems and a waltz sequence from »Der Rosenkavalier«, which was premiered in Dresden.


A concert introduction is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.



  • 30.08.2020
    19:00 Uhr
  • 01.09.2020
    20:00 Uhr

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.