Ballette von John Neumeier | All Our Yesterdays
Friday 08. Mar. 2019, 7.30 pm - 10.15 pm
Markus Lehtinen absolvierte ein Klavier- und Dirigentenstudium an der Sibelius-Akademie in Helsinki. Zudem studierte er Komposition bei Aulis Sallinen und Einojuhani Rautavaara. 1988 wurde er an die Königliche Oper in Kopenhagen verpflichtet, der er bis 1993 angehörte. Er war Chefdirigent des Jyväskylä Sinfonieorchesters sowie Gastdirigent des Malmö Sinfonieorchesters. 1993 debütierte er an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, weitere Engagements in Deutschland waren unter anderem an der Deutschen Oper Berlin und an der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Seit 2004 hat Markus Lehtinen eine Professur an der Sibelius-Akademie inne.
The Austrian mezzo-soprano Sophie Rennert learnt to play the violin and the piano before she began her voice studies with her mother, well known soprano and voice teacher Sigrid Rennert. In 2014, she graduated with distinction from the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts under Karlheinz Hanser and Charles Spencer. She has attended master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Ann Murray and Helmut Deutsch.
Sophie Rennert is a prize winner of many national and international voice competitions: 2nd Prize and Audience Price in the 7th International Cesti Competition for baroque opera in Innsbruck 2016, In 2014 she won the 3rd Prize of the 11th International Mozart Competition Salzburg In January 2014, she added a first prize at the Musica Juventutis competition which included the invitation for a recital at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2013 she was awarded the promotion prize of the Association of the Friends of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Prize of the Prof. Armin Weltner Foundation supporting singers of Austrian and Swiss nationality.
Sophie has worked with renowned conductors and orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Philippe Jordan, the Mozarteum Orchestra with Ádám Fischer, Ivor Bolton (Salzburg Festival 2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (Mozart: Idomeneo 2016) and Laurence Cummings (Haendel: "Lotario", 2017), with Camerata Salzburg and the Bruckner Orchester Linz.
Sophie has become a demanded recital and concert singer who has appeared in Graz and Vienna Musikverein. She has become a regular guest at the Schubertiade in Hohenems and the Wiener Konzerthaus. Graham Johnson invited the young mezzo-soprano to give her UK debut at Leeds and to be part of a Schubert programme at Vienna Konzerthaus in 2017. In 2014, her CD "Von den Göttern weiss ich nichts" with contemporary songs by Uli Rennert was released.
In 2013 Sophie Rennert was part of the Young Singers Project at Salzburg Festival- From 2014-2016 she was a member of the Konzert Theater Bern (Switzerland).
Her opera repertoire includes roles from the baroque (e.g. Purcell: "Dido and Aeneas" or Haendel: "Susanna"), Mozart (Cherubino, Dorabella, Sesto) and the operetta (Prince Orlofsky) reaching to contemporary opera (Wife/Mark-Anthony Turnage: "Greek").
During the season 2016/17, Sophie had big success as Idamante in Mozart's "Idomeneo" at the Landestheater in Salzburg under the baton of Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, in the title role of Haendel's "Lotario" at the Goettingen Haendel Festival with Laurence Cummings and as Andronico in Vivaldi's "Tamerlano" with the Ensemble Les Accents under Thibault Noally in Dortmund.
After her Bayreuth festival debut as one of Klingsor's Flowermaidens in Wagner's "Parsifal", in 2017 where Sophie will also return in 2018, a series of opera and recital appearances have been planned: Together with recitals at the Festival of Ancient Music Innsbruck, the Belfast International Arts Festival, the Wigmore Hall London, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Hohenems and in the framework of the "Great Talent" Series of Vienna Konzerthaus, she will perform the role of Angelina in Rossini's "La Cenerentola" in Mannheim and tour China with the Young Singer's Project of the Salzburg Festival.
He trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and graduated fro, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He had the fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest singers, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Operatic appearances include Conte Le Nozze di Figaro in London, Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas at the Aldeburgh and Brighton Festivals, Schaunard La Bohème with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Baron Tusenbach in Eötvös's Tri Sestri for the Deutsche Staatsoper and a new commission for Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße by Bernhard Gander). Conductors he has worked with include Marin Alsop, Christian Curnyn, Johannes Debus, Edward Gardner, Michael Hofstetter, Bernard Labadie, Alessandro de Marchi, Paul McCreesh, Roger Norrington, Christoph Poppen, Jordi Savall and Ulf Schirmer.
In concert he has appeared with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Players & Consort, Les Violons du Roy, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, and on multiple occasions with the major BBC orchestras. He made his BBC Proms debut in September 2015 singing Brahms' Triumphlied with Marion Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Orff's Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert. His oratorio repertoire includes Bach's Magnificat, St John and St Matthew Passions, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Händel's The Messiah, Haydn's The Creation and Britten's War Requiem.
An established recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia, Rheingau and Oxford Lieder festivals, deSingel Antwerp, Heidelberger Frühling, and with Graham Johnson at the KlavierFestival Ruhr. He is a regular recitalist at the Wigmore Hall and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He works closely together with pianists including Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Helmut Deutsch, James Baillieu and Martin Stadtfeld.
His discography includes Mendelssohn and Schumann duets with Ann Murray (DBE), accompanied by Malcolm Martineau; his debut solo disc "Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten" accompanied by James Baillieu, which was released in April 2016 on Champs Hill records; and a live recording of Schubert lieder with Graham Johnson for Wigmore Hall Live label.
photo: © Lars Borges
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
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, Christoph von Dohnányi, 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.
photo: Felix Broede
Please find the cast of dancers on the Website of HAMBURG BALLET.