Friday 28. Apr. 2017, 8.00 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 E-flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Dirigent: Eliahu Inbal
Sopran (Magna peccatrix): Sarah Wegener
Sopran (Una poenitentium): Jacquelyn Wagner
Sopran (Mater gloriosa): Heather Engebretson
Alt (Mulier samaritana): Daniela Sindram
Alt (Maria aegyptiaca): Dorottya Láng
Tenor (Doctor marianus): Burkhard Fritz
Bariton (Pater ecstaticus): Kartal Karagedik
Bass (Pater profundus): Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
Choreinstudierung: Eberhard Friedrich
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Praised by the New York Times for her “sweet-voiced soprano,” lyric soprano Heather Engebretson is quickly becoming known for her "overwhelming power" (ITÄ-SAVO, Savonlinna) and her "long lines and beautiful sound." (Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki)
In 2016, Ms. Engebretson makes a return to the Royal Opera stage in the role of Sophie (Werther), which will also serve as her HD Cinema debut. Thereafter, Engebretson debuts as Liù (Turandot) for l'Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, and joins the solo ensemble of Staatsoper Hamburg, where her roles will include Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Musetta (La bohème). She will also return to Wiesbaden in the title role of La traviata. Future seasons include Ms. Engebretson's highly-anticipated role debut in the title role of “Lulu”.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Engebretson made her debut with Royal Opera Covent Garden as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). Other notable debuts in the 2015-2016 season included Frasquita (Carmen) for Staatsoper Hamburg and the soprano solo in “Messiah” with the Dresdener Philharmonie.
Before joining the solo ensemble in Hamburg, Ms. Engebretson spent two seasons in the solo ensemble of Staatstheater Wiesbaden where she appeared in such diverse roles as Violetta in “La traviata”, the title role of “Alcina”, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Musetta in “La bohème”. Prior to her time in Wiesbaden, Ms. Engebretson was engaged by Staatsoper Hannover.
In the summer of 2012, Ms. Engebretson was the first place winner of Finland’s prestigious Savonlinna Opera Festival Competition. She was also awarded the Sonderpreis der Oper Graz in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, after which she appeared in concert at the Stadttheatre of Baden bei Wien. In the 2012-2013 season, Ms. Engebretson’s appearences included her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s G Major Mass, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the title role (cover) in The Cunning Little Vixen at Juilliard, the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem with Kirchenmusik an St. Sebald in Nürnberg, and the soprano solo in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Virginia Consort.
The 2011-2012 season marked Ms. Engebretson’s debut with the Saint Louis Symphony as the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) and Alice Tully Hall debut as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat. She appeared as Li in the American premiere of “Kommilitonen!” with Juilliard Opera in November, and covered the role of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at Juilliard in April. Previously performed roles include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), the Queen of the Night and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Grilletta (Lo Speziale), and Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors).
As a 2009 Crested Butte Music Festival young artist, Ms. Engebretson performed the role of Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). She returned for the 2010 season to perform the roles of Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) and Musetta (La bohème). In the 2011 season, Ms. Engebretson was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she covered Yniold (Pelleas and Melisande).
In the spring of 2013, Ms. Engebretson earned a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Edith Wiens and coached with Steven Blier. Her studies at Juilliard were supplimented with frequent work with New York area coach Earl Buys.
Prior to her studies at Juilliard, Ms. Engebretson earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied voice with Mary Schiller and violin with David Russell. While at CIM she also completed a minor in music theory. An accomplished violinist, Ms. Engebretson has appeared on National Public Radio's From the Top, and studied with esteemed pedagogues Connie Heard and Robert Lipsett. Ms. Engebretson's studies were made possible in part by The Davidson Institute, by whom she was awarded the Davidson Institute Laureate Fellowship in 2006.
Ms. Engebretson still studies with world-renowned soprano Edith Wiens.
The “excellent” (Kurier) young Hungarian mezzo-soprano Dorottya Láng has earned international acclaim for her “ravishing” (Musik Heute) and “impeccable” talent. John Allison writes in The Telegraph that “she quickly showed herself to be a singer of great musical poise. …with rich and even tone rising to a pure top.”
Born in Budapest in 1986, Ms Láng studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna’s University of Music and the Performing Arts) with Claudia Visca. Her awards and honours include Prize Winner of the 2012 Emmerich Smola Competition, Third Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition and Prize Winner at the 2013 Mozart Academie competition in Aix-en-Provence.
Highlights of her 2016/17 season include “Angelina” in Renaud Doucet’s La Cenerentola and “Hermia” in Simon Phillips A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hamburgische Staatsoper; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in the new Elbphilharmonie under Kent Nagano; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in her Tonkünstler debut; a Schubertiade recital debut with Helmut Deutsch; and a further recital with Mr Deutsch at Budapest’s Palace of the Arts.
Turkish Baritone Kartal Karagedik joined the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera at the beginning of season 2015/16 where he made his debuts in the new production of “Les Troyens” (Chorébe) under the baton of Kent Nagano and as Il Conte Almaviva in Stefan Herheim’s production of “Le nozze di Figaro” with Ottavio Dantone, as well as Lescaut in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte”.
Karagedik’s highlights of season 2016/17 include the title role of Don Giovanni at Savonlinna Opera Festival, Dandini, Marcello, Belcore at Hamburg State Opera, Escamillo at Komische Oper Berlin and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under Kent Nagano at Elbphilharmonie.
Before joining the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera, Karagedik was a member of Theater Magdeburg and Theater Erfurt. Guest engagements brought him to stages of Teatro Communale di Bologna, Puccini Festival Torre del Lago, Oper Leipzig and Staatstheater Braunschweig. He had interpreted a very wide range of repertoire including Eugeny Onegin, Don Giovanni, Enrico, Riccardo ,Valentin, Albert, Carlo Gérard, Sharpless, Besenbinder, Michonnet, Simon Boccanegra, Germont , Rodrigo in “Don Carlo” and many others.
Karagedik was born in Turkey and completed his vocal studies in his hometown Izmir. In addition to his artistic career as a singer, he is a prizewinner story telling photographer. Since 2014 his photography exhibition “Emotions IN motion” has been met with widespread public acclaim.
Born in 1977 in the Bavarian town of Vilsbiburg, the bass Wilhelm Schwinghammer began his musical education as a chorister at the music school that trains the world-famous cathedral choir known as the Regensburger Domspatzen. He later studied singing with Harald Stamm at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Master classes with teachers like Kurt Moll and Marjana Lipovsek rounded off his education.
In 2004 he was a finalist at the 33rd German Federal Competition in Berlin and in 2009 he won second prize and the Audience Prize at the International ARD Music Competition. From 2003 he was for two years a member of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Hamburg. At the beginning of the 2006/2007 season Wilhelm Schwinghammer became a member of the ensemble at the Hamburg Staatsoper: since then, his repertoire has included roles like Rocco (Fidelio), Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Colline (La Bohème), Don Basilio (The Barber Of Seville), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Il re (Aida), Lodovico (Otello), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Fafner (Siegfried), Daland (The Flying Dutchman), König Heinrich (Lohengrin), Titurel (Parsifal), König Marke (Tristan Und Isolde) and Hermit (Der Freischütz).
Wilhelm Schwinghammer made his debut at the 2005 Salzburg Festival in the role of the young Dr. Grenvil (La Traviata); at the 2011 Easter Festival in Salzburg he played Second Soldier (Salome) under Sir Simon Rattle (director Stefan Herheim). At the Bayreuth Festival he sang King Heinrich (Lohengrin) in the summers of 2012 to 2015. In 2014 and 2015 he also sang Fasolt (Das Rheingold). In the RSB Berlin concertante Wagner cycle under Marek Janowski he sang Biterolf (Tannhäuser) on stage and on the CD recording. In autumn of 2013 he made a guest appearance as König Marke (Tristan Und Isolde) in a new production with the National Opera of Washington and in the Richard Strauss anniversary year (2014) he sang Jörg Pöschel in the operatic poem "Feuersnot" in a concertante performance with the Munich Radio Orchestra under the direction of Ulf Schirmer at the Prinzregententheater in that city. Further guest engagements took the artist to the Aalto-Theater in Essen (Figaro, Le Nozze Di Figaro), the Dresden Semperoper (Sarastro, The Magic Flute), the Bayerische Staatsoper (Titurel, Parsifal) and the Staatsoper Berlin (Pietro, Simon Boccanegra; Hermit, Der Freischütz; Sarastro, The Magic Flute; Osmin, Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail).
Wilhelm Schwinghammer works in the opera and recital sector with renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Minkowski, Andris Nelsons, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Ulf Schirmer, Peter Schneider, Stefan Soltesz and Simone Young.
The chorus members appear on stage at the Hamburg State Opera in a different role almost every night. From one day to the next, they might be sailors, gypsies, pilgrims or conspirators, then courtiers, hunters, the deranged or the imprisoned. In the role of crusaders in I Lombardi alla prima Crociata they travel to Jerusalem, other nights they are invited to Madama Butterfly's marriage or acclaim Prince Igor. The ladies and gentlemen of the opera chorus demonstrate their artistic prowess, their flexibility, and their love of the stage in every performance.
With a membership around 70, the chorus of the Hamburg State Opera has been one of the world’s best opera choruses for many years. The varied repertoire – almost always in the original language – is multifaceted and includes baroque operas and dramatic operas, major works by Verdi and Wagner as well as contemporary pieces. At the start of the 2013/14 season, Eberhard Friedrich took over the post of Chorus Master.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Georg Philipp Telemann, Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Eugen Jochum, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy at St. Michaelis, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 134 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2017/18.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. In 2012 Simone Young received a Helpmann Award for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Wagner’s Rheingold with the Philharmonic in Brisbane, Australia. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to the Hansa City’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. To this day, the TV format Musikkontakte initiated by Gerd Albrecht during his tenure as General Music Director is unforgotten. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
Ort: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Preise: 14,00 EUR bis 83,00 EUR