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musicAeterna choir

The musicAeterna choir was founded by Teodor Currentzis in 2004 in Novosibirsk. From 2011 to 2019, the collective was part of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre troupe. In 2018, the choir became a laureate of the Opera Awards.

The singers’ repertoire includes musical works by European and Russian composers of the 11th – 21st centuries. In Perm, the musicAeterna choir took part in premieres of operas by Mozart, Purcell, Offenbach, Borodin, Verdi and Puccini, as well as world premieres of specifically commissioned scores: Kourliandski’s “Nosferatu”, Hersant’s “Tristia” and Syumak’s “Cantos”. In Saint Petersburg, the choir collaborates with musicAeterna resident composers: Alexey Retinsky and Andreas Moustoukis.

The choir has had an exclusive contract with Sony Classical since 2012. Releases include the Mozart–Da Ponte trilogy, Stravinsky’s “Les Noces”, and a video recording of Purcell’s “Indian Queen” directed by Peter Sellars. The recordings have won numerous awards, including Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, ECHO Klassik’s “Recording of the Year” and Opernwelt.

The musicAeterna choir collaborates with guest conductors such as Vincent Dumestre, Andres Mustonen, Paul Hillier and others. The ensemble has performed at the world’s leading stages all the way from Lisbon to Moscow and from Athens to Hamburg. The singers make frequent appearances at festivals in Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence. In 2019, the musicAeterna choir made its US debut with a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” at The Shed (New York).

Chorus Master
Vitaly Poponsky

Vitaly Polonsky is principal chorus master of the musicAeterna Choir. A graduate of the Glinka Conservatory in Novosibirsk, he has been working with Teodor Currentzis since 2003.

musicAeterna choir events

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An event of Dom Radio residency

Part I

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Trio with choir “Nature and Love” with lyrics by P. I. Tchaikovsky (1870).
Male trio “Evening” (“Solntse v rozovykh luchakh”) with lyrics by P. I. Tchaikovsky (1881).
From “Six Duets” for voices with piano, Op. 46 (1880):
No. 1 “Evening” with lyrics by I. Z. Surikov
No. 6 “Dawn” with lyrics by I. Z. Surikov
No. 3 “Tears” with lyrics by F. I. Tyutchev
Quartet “Night” with lyrics by N. N. /P. I. Tchaikovsky/ (1893).

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Six Vocal Quartets with piano, Op. 112 on poems by Franz Kugler and Hugo Conrat

Part II

Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813-1869)
The cycle “Petersburg Serenades” for choir a capella (1840s-1850s)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Four songs for double choir a capella, Op. 141 posth. (1849)

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An event of Dom Radio residency

Part I

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Trio with choir “Nature and Love” with lyrics by P. I. Tchaikovsky (1870).
Male trio “Evening” (“Solntse v rozovykh luchakh”) with lyrics by P. I. Tchaikovsky (1881).
From “Six Duets” for voices with piano, Op. 46 (1880):
No. 1 “Evening” with lyrics by I. Z. Surikov
No. 6 “Dawn” with lyrics by I. Z. Surikov
No. 3 “Tears” with lyrics by F. I. Tyutchev
Quartet “Night” with lyrics by N. N. /P. I. Tchaikovsky/ (1893).

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Six Vocal Quartets with piano, Op. 112 on poems by Franz Kugler and Hugo Conrat

Part II

Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813-1869)
The cycle “Petersburg Serenades” for choir a capella (1840s-1850s)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Four songs for double choir a capella, Op. 141 posth. (1849)

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor ‘Babi Yar’ op. 113

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Paul Dessau
Guernica – Piano piece after Picasso

Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Piano Sonata ‘27. April 1945’

Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – ‘In memory of the victims of fascism and the war’

Alfred Schnittke
Requiem for solo voices, choir and chamber ensemble

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Bluebeard´s Castle
Opera in one act, op. 11 Sz. 48 (1918)

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982)
De temporum fine comoedia
The Play of the End of Times — Vigilia (Original version1973)

Performance by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Bluebeard´s Castle
Opera in one act, op. 11 Sz. 48 (1918)

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982)
De temporum fine comoedia
The Play of the End of Times — Vigilia (Original version1973)

Performance by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Bluebeard´s Castle
Opera in one act, op. 11 Sz. 48 (1918)

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982)
De temporum fine comoedia
The Play of the End of Times — Vigilia (Original version1973)

Performance by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Bluebeard´s Castle
Opera in one act, op. 11 Sz. 48 (1918)

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982)
De temporum fine comoedia
The Play of the End of Times — Vigilia (Original version1973)

Performance by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Bluebeard´s Castle
Opera in one act, op. 11 Sz. 48 (1918)

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982)
De temporum fine comoedia
The Play of the End of Times — Vigilia (Original version1973)

Performance by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas – Opera in three acts on a libretto by Nahum Tate after Virgil’s epic poem Aeneis
(Concert Performance)

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No. 14 in G minor for soprano, bass and chamber orchestra op. 135

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Bluebeard´s Castle
Opera in one act, op. 11 Sz. 48 (1918)

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982)
De temporum fine comoedia
The Play of the End of Times — Vigilia (Original version1973)

Performance by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis