musicAeterna history


Two more ballet premieres happen at the theatre in spring: “Pulcinella” by Stravinsky and “Come in!” by Vladimir Martynov (music) and Kirill Simonov (choreography). Teodor Currentzis is the director and conductor; the music is performed by the theatre’s chamber orchestra, musicAeterna.

In may, Mozart’s works are addressed by Currentzis, musicAeterna and New Siberian Singers for the first time. Two operas from the Mozart – Da Ponte trilogy are first performed at the Grand Hall of the Novosibirsk Opera and later at the Moscow International House of Music. “Le nozze di Figaro” in semi-staged format precedes the play’s premiere, while “Cosi fan tutte” will be staged in Perm in 2011.

July witnesses the premiere of Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” ballet, co-produced by Teodor Currentzis, Kirill Simonov and Emil Kapelush. The vivid interpretation of Prokofiev’s score will grant Teodor Currentzis his first “Golden Mask” in the spring of the following year.

The first opera premiere comes in September: “Le nozze di Figaro” directed by Tatiana Gyurbatcha showcases the German laconicism. Conducted by Teodor Currentzis and performed on gut strings, the opera has a style and tuning typical of Mozart’s times — but not typical of modern-day Novosibirsk. The authentic sound of the Mozart-style line-up is preserved even in the unpredictable acoustics of the 1700-person hall. The play will be later awarded the “Golden Mask” for a “breakthrough in performance authenticity”.

In October, musicAeterna takes part in the Ist International Modern Art “Territory” Festival, for which Teodor Currentzis is a co-organizer. Under his guidance, Mahler’s “Song of Earth” and Grisey’s “Quatre Chants Pour Franchir Le Seuil” are played at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

“Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”, an opera by Dmitri Shostakovich, premieres at Novosibirsk Opera in December. The opera is co-staged by Teodor Currentzis, director Henrik Baranovsky, artist Pavel Dobzhicky, and the theatre’s chief choirmaster Vyacheslav Podyelskiy.