Symphony Concert N° 8

Omer Meir Wellber Conductor
Daniel Ciobanu Piano
State Opera Chorus Dresden

György Ligeti

  • »Lux Aeterna« for choir a cappella

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Concerto in A major, K 488

Robert Schumann

  • Requiem D flat major, Opus 148

Points of contact

There is an unusual parallel between Robert Schumann’s Requiem and that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: As with the latter com­position, Schumann’s Opus 148 is the last sacred work he completed before his death. The premonition of mortality that it seems to express was also noted by Johannes Brahms. In a letter to Clara in 1855, he noted that »like Mozart, Schumann said he had written the Requiem for himself.« Nevertheless, Schumann seems to have consciously tried to depart from the earlier work, with which he was very familiar. Thus his setting of the Requiem evokes consolation rather than drama, romantic expression instead of lam­entation.


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

expected concert duration: 75 minutes

  • 28.03.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Verkauf vorerst beendet
  • 29.03.2021
    20:00 Uhr
    Verkauf vorerst beendet

Omer Meir Wellber

Omer Meir Wellber has established himself as one of today’s leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire alike. In September 2018 he begins his tenure as Principal Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden. In July 2019 he will take up the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and from January 2020 the position of Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has directed some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, RAI Torino and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. His combination of energy and clarity and his ability to evoke nuanced detail from an orchestra have made him a regular guest conductor at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, La Fenice in Venice, and the Israeli Opera.

In season 2018/19 Omer Meir Wellber gives his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Bizet’s Carmen in October 2018 and shortly before at the Lucerne Festival with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

For the first time he stands at the rostrum of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and conducts concerts with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, among others at the Bachfest Leipzig in June 2019. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden he not only conducts the new production of Verdi’s Nabucco in May 2019, but also revival performances of Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser, Der Rosenkavalier and a symphonic concert with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Omer Meir Wellber served as the Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia from 2010 to 2014, leading both orchestral and operatic performances.

From 2008 to 2010, he assisted Daniel Barenboim at both the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, whose ensemble he led in a critically-hailed performance of Verdi’s Aida at the Israeli Opera.

2016, he led the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra during its residency at the Dresdner Music Festival. Since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to assist Jewish immigrants with their integration in Israel.

Daniel Ciobanu

Daniel Ciobanu started learning the piano at the age of 9 in Piatra Neamt, Romania. First with Magdolna Cosma and Delia Balan, later with Mihaela Spiridon and Iulian Arcadi Trofin. He then won scholarships to study in Scotland with Graeme McNaught and later with Aaron Shorr and Petras Geniusas and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. He completed his studies with Marian Rybicki at the École Normale de Musique »Alfred Cortot« in Paris and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Pascal Devoyon and Markus Groh.

In 2010 he made his debut at the Royal Festival Hall and has since performed as a soloist at venues such as the Gasteig in Munich, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Auditorium de Radio France, the Salle Cortot, the Fazioli Hall in Sacile, the Teatro Massimo Palermo, the Bucharest Atheneum, the Duszniki Chopin Festival, the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, the Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv and the Taipei National Concert Hall.

In 2015, Daniel Ciobanu was awarded the 1st Grand Prix, the Audience Prize and the Orchestra Prize at the International Piano Competition of the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra, making him the first pianist in the history of the competition to win all the special prizes and unanimously selected by the jury for the main prize.  He also won the 1st prize and the special prize for the best »Classical Sonata« at the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria (South Africa) and the 1st prize at the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro.

Daniel Ciobanu first attracted international attention in 2017 at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, where he won both the silver medal and the audience prize.  He then performed at Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Konzerthaus Berlin, St John's Smith Square in London and the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and toured Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil.

In 2017 Ciobanu founded the »Neamt Music Festival« in Romania to create a strong and fresh international platform for young artists. The week-long festival takes place every year in the Romanian Carpathians and offers not only a classical programme but also jazz and experimental projects.

In 2019/20 he has performed several times with the conductor Omer Meir Wellber, especially in his debut with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestra Arturo Toscanini in Parma. This season he will also perform with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Cristian Mandeal and will make several solo appearances, including a tour of Japan and his debut recital at the Lucerne Festival.

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.