Currentzis joins the Parisian artist community
La Bohème and Leonore at Germany’s largest opera house
The Baden-Baden Autumn Festival from November 3-12, 2017 will be featuring La Bohème and focusing on Beethoven from the very beginning. With Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis, the Baden-Baden Autumn Festival will be celebrating one of today’s most sought-after conductors worldwide. After his Carmen and Cosí fan tutte opera productions in Baden-Baden, he will be leading the Festival performances of Puccini’s opera La Bohème on November 10 and 12, 2017. Audiences can look forward to Currentzis’ orchestra MusicAeterna along with a young ensemble of international vocal soloists in a new production by Philipp Himmelmann.
Teodor Currentzis, who will begin his tenure as Principal Conductor of the new Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra starting in autumn 2018 and recently made headlines at the Salzburg Festival, is already well known to Baden-Baden audiences. A few years ago he was still conducting in Novosibirsk, Siberia when Festival Hall Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser showed far-sightedness in inviting him to the Black Forest. For this La Bohème, artists will be joining together who have already drawn enthusiastic acclaim in Baden-Baden in different cast combinations.
The stage design for the joint production with the opera house in Perm, Russia was created by Raimund Bauer, who has been responsible for the striking images in many successful Baden-Baden opera productions, including Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Tosca. The soloists for the opera will include Leonardo Capalbo (Rodolfo), Zarina Abaeva (Mimi), Nahuel di Pierro (Colline), and Sofia Fomina as Musetta. Konstantin Suchkov will sing the part of Marcello and Edwin Crossley-Mercer performs the role of Schaunard.
In addition to the opera productions, the Baden-Baden Autumn Festival will be treating audiences to a number of prominent instrumental soloists, orchestras, and conductors. René Jacobs will be opening the festivities on Friday, November 3, 2017 when he leads a concert-version performance of Beethoven’s opera Leonore, which made its mark on music history under the title Fidelio. Jacobs will be working on the basis of the original edition, shedding new light on an opera that was later altered, in part for technical reasons. The cast of soloists will include Marlis Petersen (Leonore), Maximilan Schmitt (Florestan), Johannes Weisser (Don Pizarro), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Rocco), and Robin Johannsen (Marzelline), joined by the Freiburger Barockorchester.
One day after the concert-version performance of the opera Leonore, the Sinfonieorchester Basel will be interpreting Beethoven’s Third Symphony in E-flat major (“Eroica”) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Ivor Bolton will be the evening’s conductor in a concert that will also feature British violinist Daniel Hope in Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, op. 61.
For his recital on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM, Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will also be presenting two major works by Ludwig van Beethoven. In the concert’s first half, we will be hearing the Sonata No. 27 in E minor, op. 90 and the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op. 111. In keeping with tradition, the second half of the solo program will be announced shortly before the concert. Along with this surprise, we can also count on a generous number of encores in Sokolov’s recitals that will make a special evening into an unforgettable one.
While La Bohème is an Italian opera that celebrates the Parisian artist community at the turn of the last century, French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky will be travelling to the Baden-Baden Autumn Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with arias by German composer George Frideric Handel. Jaroussky, who has enjoyed an international career, will be followed by the equally successful German recorder soloist Dorothee Oberlinger at the Baden-Baden Autumn Festival in a performance with her trio on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Stadtkirche Baden-Baden. Also on the Autumn Festival program: artists who have recently embarked on the beginning of major careers. Hungarian trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi (November 5, 2017, 2:00 PM, Stiftskirche), Salzburg-born Luxembourg percussionist Christoph Sietzen (Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:00 PM, Museum Frieder Burda), and the duo Ellen Nisbeth (viola) and Bengt Forsberg (piano) (Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 PM, Florentinersaal, Casino Baden-Baden) are young artists who have been selected by European concert halls and will be featured in Baden-Baden’s chamber concerts.