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 Kampe

The German soprano Anja Kampe is one of the most important singers of our time. With Sieglinde at Placido Domingo's side, Anja Kampe achieved her international breakthrough at the Washington National Opera. With this role, she has performed with great success in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, London, Bayreuth and other cities. Alongside Sieglinde, Senta has become a central role for Anja Kampe. She has sung it so far in Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Tokyo and Dallas. Another important role of the soprano is the »Fidelio«-Leonore, with which she has been successful in Baden-Baden, Madrid, Zurich, Los Angeles as well as at the Vienna and Bavarian State Operas. In 2014 she sang at the season opening of the Teatro alla Scala Milano under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Under his direction she also made her role debuts as Tosca and Kundry at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, repeating her success as Kundry at the Teatro Real Madrid.

Important engagements of the past seasons include the new production of »Fanciulla del West« at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the new production of »Tristan und Isolde« under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera, the new production of »Parsifal« at the Opéra National de Paris conducted by Philippe Jordan, Sieglinde at the Bayreuth Festival 2018 as well as at the Munich Opera Festival 2018 under Kirill Petrenko.

Anja Kampe opens the 2019/20 season with performances such as »Die Walküre« at the Staatsoper Berlin before she is expected at the Frankfurt Opera for the new production of »Lady Macbeth« by Mzensk. She will then return to the Zurich Opera House as Leonore in »Fidelio« and then make her long-awaited debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Senta in »Der Fliegende Holländer«. Appointed Bavarian Kammersängerin in 2018, she will sing both Kundry (»Parsifal«) and the title role in »Fanciulla del West« at the Bavarian State Opera Munich. The Festival d' Aix-en-Provence has engaged the soprano for the new production of »Wozzeck« and was able to win the artist for her role debut as Marie.

Anja Kampe works among others also with Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Mark Elder, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Simone Young, Vladimir Jurowski, Jesùs López-Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Kazushi Ono, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sebastian Weigle and Franz Welser-Möst. Among the most important directors are Calixto Bieito, Willy Decker, Claus Guth, Andreas Homoki, Peter Konwitschny, Harry Kupfer and Dimitri Tschnerniakow.

Some of the most important productions have now been released as DVDs, including »Die Walküre« from the Salzburg Easter Festival, »Der fliegende Holländer« from Zurich and »Parsifal« from the Berlin State Opera. In addition, »Tristan and Isolde« and »Fidelio« from Glyndebourne as well as »Die Gezeichneten« from Los Angeles are available as recordings. The recording »Die Walküre« conducted by Valery Gergiev was awarded the Echo Klassik for the best opera recording of the year in 2013.

Anja Harteros

Anja Harteros grew up in Bergneustadt as the daughter of a Greek father and a German mother. Already in her youth she was introduced to classical music and singing by her parents. In 1986, at the age of 14, she began her vocal training with Astrid Huber-Aulmann in Gummersbach alongside school.

She had her first appearances at institute concerts and at a school performance as Countess in »Figaro« in 1990 at the Wüllenweber-Gymnasium. In 1992 she gave her first concert at the Kantonsschule Schwyz in Switzerland. From 1990 onwards she was coached for many years by the conductor and solo répétiteur of the Cologne Opera Wolfgang Kastorp with regard to the musical interpretation of the roles she had worked out. Kastorp also accompanied her at various piano concerts.

After graduating from high school in 1991, she studied singing with Liselotte Hammes at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Her singing teacher, Astrid Huber-Aulmann, continued to coach her during her studies until her final exams in spring 1996. 1993 and 1994, while still a student, further concert tours with Astrid Huber-Aulmann took place in Russia and the USA, during which the singer received great attention. Even before her exams, she was engaged as a permanent member of the ensemble at the Schillertheater in Gelsenkirchen and Wuppertal. After her exams in 1996, she was a permanent member of the ensemble at the Bonn Opera.

In Cardiff she met Sir Peter Jonas, who shortly afterwards called her to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she has been a frequent guest since then. Other venues include Frankfurt am Main, Lyon, Amsterdam, Oslo, Tokyo, Dresden, Paris, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Vienna, New York, Milan and Berlin as well as the Salzburg Festival.

Anja Harteros works with leading conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Christian Thielemann.

Her repertoire also includes roles such as Elettra (»Idomeneo«), Contessa (»Le nozze di Figaro«), Donna Anna (»Don Giovanni«), Fiordiligi (»Così fan tutte«), Agathe (»Der Freischütz«), Elisabeth (»Tannhäuser« and »the Wartburg Singer's War«), Eva (»Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«), Sieglinde (»Die Walküre«), Leonora (»Il trovatore«), Violetta Valéry (»La traviata«), Amelia (»Simon Boccanegra«), Elisabeth von Valois (»Don Carlos«), Desdemona (»Otello«) and Alice Ford (»Falstaff«), Micaëla (»Carmen«) as well as the title role in »Arabella« and »Ariadne auf Naxos«.

In addition to opera, Anja Harteros also devotes herself to concert and song singing. She gave concerts and recitals in many cities in Germany and abroad. Her song CD »Von ewiger Liebe« with Wolfram Rieger was awarded the Orphée d'Or.