Kirill Petrenko conducts Schoenberg

Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Kirill Petrenko presents two key works of the 20th century: with Kammersymphonie Nr. 1, Arnold Schoenberg initiated a turning-point in his oeuvre, away from the full sound of late Romanticism and towards a modern, sinewy musical language. The expressive power that this can generate is also shown in his unfinished oratorio Die Jakobsleiter, for which Schoenberg was inspired by an Old Testament story: Jacob’s dream of the ladder to heaven that leads to God is taken by the composer as a parable for man’s search for spirituality.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Daniel Behle tenor

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke tenor

Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone

Gyula Orendt baritone

Stephan Rügamer tenor

Nicola Beller Carbone soprano

Liv Redpath soprano

Jasmin Delfs soprano

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Arnold Schoenberg

Chamber Symphony No. 1, op. 9

Arnold Schoenberg

Die Jakobsleiter (Jacob's Ladder), Oratorio

Wolfgang Koch baritone, Daniel Behle tenor, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke tenor, Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone, Gyula Orendt baritone, Stephan Rügamer tenor, Nicola Beller Carbone soprano, Liv Redpath soprano, Jasmin Delfs soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin choir, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

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Daniel Behle

Daniel Behle is a tenor who is equally at home in concert, lieder and opera. He made his acclaimed debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2017, followed by his role debut as Lohengrin in Dortmund in 2019, where he "impressed with a perfectly-controlled voice" and "stood out with excellent text articulation" (Opernglas). Daniel Behle initially studied trombone, composition and school music at the Hamburg Musikhochschule before taking singing lessons with his mother, the dramatic soprano Renate Behle, at the age of 22. After passing his trombone exam and completing his vocal studies with distinction, he went on to perform at the Vienna State Opera, the operas in Frankfurt, Zurich, Munich and Covent Garden in London.

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Whether as Herod in Richard Strauss' Salome, as Mime in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen or as the Captain in Alban Berg's Wozzeck: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke is one of the great character tenors of our time. "He succeeds in creating gripping role portraits with overwhelming presence and exemplary text comprehensibility," wrote the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In 2022, he performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Luigi Dallapiccola's opera Il prigioniero under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. After studying in Vienna and engagements in Linz, Basel and at Munich's Gärtnerplatztheater, he made his debut at the Opéra national de Paris in 1997; it became his artistic home. He has also appeared in over 130 performances at the Glyndebourne Festival. Today, the "Bayerischer Kammersänger" makes guest appearances at the Met in New York and the Royal Opera House in London, as well as at the festivals in Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Bregenz and Aix-en-Provence.

Martin Kränzle

Johannes Martin Kränzle has been acclaimed for "his carrying baritone, rich in expression and color spectrum, and his natural acting" (Ruhrnachrichten). He was voted "Singer of the Year" in the Opernwelt magazine critics' poll in 2011 and 2018. Johannes Martin Kränzle was born in Augsburg and initially studied violin and music theater directing. After gaining his singing diploma, he went on to sing in Dortmund, Hanover and at the Frankfurt Opera, where he was a member of the ensemble for many years. With his "beautifully-timbred, versatile baritone of strong character" (Münchner Merkur) and a repertoire of over 130 roles from Handel to Rihm, his engagements have taken him to international opera houses as well as to the festivals in Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Bregenz and Bayreuth.

Gyula Orendt

His voice has "a beautiful metallic core" and is "full of personal expression" (Der Tagesspiegel). The Hungarian-Romanian baritone Gyula Orendt celebrated successes as Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Glyndebourne Festival and as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at the Bavarian State Opera and the Royal Opera House in London. He studied at the Transylvania Music University in Brasov (Kronstadt) and at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. As a student, he sang the title role in Handel's oratorio Saul under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. The multiple winner of the Francisco Viñas Competition began his career at the Vienna Volksoper and subsequently became a member of the opera studio at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden before joining the ensemble there in 2013.

Stephan Rügamer

Stephan Rügamer is "currently one of the most vibrant and touching singer/actors in Europe", who - if the production requires it - "also plays the trumpet and drums on wine goblets on stage" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). After studying singing at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, the versatile tenor was engaged at the theater there until Daniel Barenboim brought him to the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden in 1999, where he has been a member of the ensemble ever since. Here Stephan Rügamer has sung roles such as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Macduff (Macbeth), Camille de Rosillon (Die lustige Witwe), Quint (The Turn of the Screw) and many more. He has taught singing since 2008 and has been a professor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin since 2020.

Nicola Beller Carbone

Nicola Beller Carbone sang her signature role, the title role in Strauss' Salome, "with the voice of Isolde" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) to enthusiastic audiences in Turin, Geneva, Brussels, Zurich, Montreal and Stockholm, among others. She has also been acclaimed by audiences and critics in the role of Elektra. With roles such as Katerina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Marie (Wozzeck), the soprano has specialized in the repertoire of the 20th century. She studied at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and was subsequently a member of the Bavarian State Opera's opera studio. Today, Nicola Beller Carbone performs at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the Opéra national de Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Liv Redpath

Liv Redpath, finalist in the Operalia 2019 competition and winner of 2nd prize and the audience prize at the 56th Tenor Viñas singing competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, is considered one of the most promising young sopranos of her generation. "Such a radiant voice, effortless even in the highest registers and breathtaking coloratura, has probably not been heard for a long time" (Berliner Umschau). After studying at Harvard University and the Juilliard School in New York, she was a member of various opera studios in the USA. Guest engagements have already taken Liv Redpath to the Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera, where she made her acclaimed debut as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in the 2021/22 season.

Jasmin Delfs

Jasmin Delfs was acclaimed for her "flexible soprano and vibrant acting" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) for her performance at Munich's Cuvilliéstheater in Haydn's L'infedeltà delusa. Since 2021/22 she has been a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, where she has performed as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), among other roles. Jasmin Delfs studied at the Lübeck University of Music and took part in the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, where she made her acclaimed debut as the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). Further engagements have taken her to the Vienna State Opera and the Philharmonie Berlin, where she was heard in Mendelssohn's Elijah under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. This season, she will make her debut as Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and as the Queen of the Night at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.


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