CANCELLED: Symphony Concert N° 8

Omer Meir Wellber Conductor
Fatma Said Soprano
Michal Doron Alto
Daniel Ciobanu Piano
State Opera Chorus Dresden

Johannes Brahms

  • Rhapsodie für eine Altsimme, Männerchor und Orchester op. 53

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Concerto in A major, K 488

Johann Sebastian Bach / Anton Webern

  • Ricercar a 6 aus »Das musikalische Opfer« BWV 1079

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

  • Der 42. Psalm op. 42 »Wie der Hirsch schreit«

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This Palm Sunday Concert for 2021 sees Omer Meir Wellber conduct the Staatskapelle and the State Opera Chorus in two masterpieces of romantic choral music: Brahms’ moving »Alto Rhapsody« and Felix Mendelssohn’s setting of the 42nd Psalm. No lesser figure than Robert Schumann viewed Mendelssohn’s brilliant setting as representing »the highest level which he has reached as a church composer; indeed, the highest level that recent sacred music has achieved.« A classical counterpoint to the evening’s choral works is provided by Mozart’s late Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, here performed by the young Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu making his debut appearance with the Staatskapelle.

  • 28.03.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 29.03.2021
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper

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.

Fatma Said

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said is one of the most exciting young artists of her generation. Hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as »a discovery«, Fatma has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education.
In 2016, she made her sensational role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina in Peter Stein’s critically-acclaimed new production of »Die Zauberflöte«, conducted by Adam Fischer. Fatma has established a reputation as an extraordinarily gifted musician and was previously a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. In 2019, Fatma became an exclusive Warner recording artist. The 2019/20 season saw performances of Mahler 4 with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Fauré Requiem with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, recital appearances at Leeds Lieder, Wigmore Hall and Bayerische Rundfunk Funkhaus, and performances as Pamina in China with the Teatro alla Scala.
Highlights of Fatma’s 2020/21 season so far include concert appearances with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Orchestre national de France, a gala concert at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Victoria de los Ángeles Festival Barcelona.

Previous highlights include Mozart Requiem at the BBC Proms under Nathalie Stutzmann, »Die Schöpfung« and performances and a recording of Mahler 8 with Adam Fischer at Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Strauss lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus »Suor Angelica« with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Omer Meir Wellber.
Fatma has also given recitals in Perth, Dresden, Bonn and Mallorca, concerts in Lucerne, Vienna and Salzburg with Rolando Villazón, and gala concerts at The United Nations in Geneva and in Muscat with Juan Diego Flórez.
Fatma is an alumna of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and the prestigious Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
In 2016, Fatma Said received an honorary award from Egypt's National Council for Women, also she became the first opera singer ever to be awarded the state’s Creativity Award for her outstanding artistic achievement on an international level.

Michal Doron

Michal Doron is an Israeli-American Alto/Mezzo-soprano and was born in Israel.
She has sung under the baton of a variety of conductors, among which are Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Allen Gilbert, Omer Meir Welber, Nikolaj Znaider, Antonino Fogliani and John Fiore.
She started her studies at the age of 18 with Lilly Epstein, and later accomplished her degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in the Tel Aviv University, where she studied with Danna Glaser.
During her studies Michal was chosen by Maestro Zubin Mehta to sing in the School’s Gala concert, conducted by Mehta himself. She received the first prize in the BMSOM's annual Vocal Competition and third prize in the school's annual Contemporary Music Competition.
In The season of 16/17 Michal joined the »Meitar« Opera Studio of the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, where she performed roles both on the main stage and in chamber productions. In October 2016 she made her USA debut as Maddalena in a »Rigoletto« production with the Opera in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In the season of 17/18 she joined the Junges Ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden. During the course of her two years in the Junges Ensemble, Michal performed roles such as Brigitta (»Die Tote Stadt«), Cornelia (»Giulio Cesare«), Fortunata (»Satyricon«) and Mary (»Der Fliegende Holländer«).
In January 2018 she took part in the »Aviv« competitions (the America-Israel Cultural Foundation prestigious contest) in Israel, and won a Special Achievements Award from the competition’s management as well as  the Audience Choice Award.
In the season of 19/20 in Dresden she debuted new roles such as Fenena (»Nabucco«) and Annina (»Der Rosenkavalier«). Michal is a recipient of many excellence scholarships from institutes and organizations such as The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, the Eli Leon Foundation and the International Summer Opera workshops in Tel Aviv and New York.
She is a current member of the of the Semperoper Dresden's Ensemble.

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.