musicAeterna history


In February, the concert version of Weinberg’s “Passenger” opera is presented in Novosibirsk for the first time.

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the chamber orchestra and choir (the first milestone in the ensembles’ history), the International musicAeterna Festival is held in February. For several days, the grand stage of the Novosibirsk Opera becomes home to Handel’s “Dixit Dominus”, Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, Mozart’s “Requiem” and baroque opera fragments. The festival is attended by some of the world’s most prominent artists and musicians: Simona Kermes, Markus Brutscher, Deborah York, Arno Richard and Stephanie Houtzeel. Another participant is pianist Anton Batagov, who breaks his long absence from the stage with a performance of Bach’s “Partitas” at the theatre foyer.

In spring, the Alpha label releases the recording of Shostakovich’s “Symphony No.14” conducted by Teodor Currentzis and performed by musicAeterna, Yulia Korpacheva and Pyotr Migunov in summer 2009 in Novosibirsk.

In May, New Siberian Singers and musicAeterna make their first appearance at the Trinity festival in Baden-Baden. Their programme consists of music by Handel and Purcell.

In June, musicAeterna returns to Weinberg’s works. Teodor Currentzis’s final season at the Novosibirsk Opera concludes with the performance of Weinberg’s “Passenger” opera, “Flute Concerto”, “Sinfonietta No.2”, “Moldavian Rhapsody No.1” and “Chamber Symphony No.4”.

August is notable for musicAeterna’s debut in Austria: the musicians play symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to a standing ovation at the Bregenz festival.

In summer, Teodor Currentzis receives an invitation from Perm Krai governor Oleg Chirkunov to become the head of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

In September, musicAeterna, New Siberian Singers and Teodor Currentzis participate in the XIIth International music and dance festival in Bangkok together with the Novosibirsk Opera troupe. The programme includes Prokofiev’s “Symphony No.1”, Beethoven’s “Symphony No.9”, Puccini’s “La Bohème”, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” and other plays.

In autumn, musicAeterna takes part in the production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” opera at the Bolshoi Theatre. For Teodor Currentzis, who has been the theatre’s regular guest conductor since 2009, it is the second premiere at the Bolshoi; for the theatre’s orchestra, it is the first experience of playing historically authentic musical instruments.