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

An event of Dom Radio residency

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Deuxième Récréation de Musique for two violins and bass continuo, Op. 8 (1737)

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Madrigal “Cor mio, deh, non languire” (My heart, please do not languire) for five female voices.

Alexandra Filonenko (born 1972)
“Quiet Light” for five female voices (2020). World premiere.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Selected Movements from Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV814 for harpsichord

Alexandra Filonenko
Invocation for two violins (2020). World premiere.

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the dead), SWV 391.

Duration: 75 minutes

An event of Diaghilev+

World premieres of chamber works based on poetry by Charles Baudelaire