Kirill Petrenko (photo: Stephan Rabold)

Kirill Petrenko and Elīna Garanča

From grief to joy – the programme of this concert spans the entire spectrum of human emotions: in Musica dolorosa, the Latvian Pēteris Vasks laments the death of his sister. From there, the programme moves on to the meditative Elegy by the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov and the rhapsody Taras Bulba by Leoš Janáček, and finally to the hymn-like tone poem Finlandia, with which Jean Sibelius gave a musical voice to Finnish national consciousness. Elīna Garanča also performs Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, in which the composer blends folk songs from different nations with avant-garde sounds.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Pēteris Vasks

Musica dolorosa for string orchestra

Valentin Silvestrov

Elegy for string orchestra

Luciano Berio

Folk Songs (Version for orchestra)

Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Leoš Janáček

Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for orchestra

Jean Sibelius

Finlandia, op. 26

Dates and Tickets

Fri 29 Apr 2022, 20:00

Main Auditorium


Kirill Petrenko

Since the 2019/20 season, Kirill Petrenko has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He received his training first in Russia, then in Austria. The international music world first became aware of him when he premiered Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung at the Meiningen Theater in 2001, directed by Christine Mielitz and designed by Alfred Hrdlicka, performed on four consecutive days. He conducted the cycle for the second time twelve years later at the Bayreuth Festival. At the same time, Kirill Petrenko took up his post as general music director of Bayerische Staatsoper, his third leading position at an opera house after Meiningen and the Komische Oper Berlin. He also made guest appearances at the world’s top opera houses (from the Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden in London and the Opéra National in Paris to the Metropolitan Opera in New York) as well as with the great international symphony orchestras – in Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Chicago, Cleveland and Israel. He made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2006. Kirill Petrenko also appears with the Berliner Philharmoniker outside of Berlin – on tour and of course in the Digital Concert Hall. Selected performances are also available as recordings; most recently released was an edition with symphonic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Franz Schmidt and Rudi Stephan.

Elīna Garanča

Elīna Garanča was born in Riga, Latvia, the daughter of a choral conductor and a singing professor. Both parents were crucial to her musical development. For example, she received the advice from her father: “A technically perfect singer is boring after ten minutes. Find your 'I'!” Elīna Garanča followed this advice. Her singing always has an individual touch, inner involvement and fascinating expressive details are always audible. At the same time, Elīna Garanča shows that personality and vocal perfection are not mutually exclusive. Her warm mezzo-soprano, which seems to be surrounded by a bright glow, is sung with wonderful legato. Contact with the audience is particularly important to her in her performances: “For me, it is a moment of happiness when I feel that I can address the audience with my voice and what I want to say. Then I have endless energy that I immediately want to give back.” An exceptional singer who gives guest performances all over the world, she began her career at the Meininger Staatstheater and Oper Frankfurt. She became famous in particular in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, with which she enjoyed success at the New York Met, the Royal Opera House in London and La Scala in Milan, among others. She made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2008 under the baton of Mariss Jansons with a work that is also featured in today’s programme: Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Another highlight of the collaboration was her participation in the 2010 New Year’s Eve concert with Gustavo Dudamel.

Kirill Petrenko (photo: Stephan Rabold)

Elīna Garanča (photo: Deutsche Grammophon)