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Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna: Bio

Teodor Currentzis is the Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of the ensemble Musica Aeterna and of the Musica Aeterna Chamber Choir, both formed in 2004, during his tenure as Music Director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra (2004-2010).  

Musica Aeterna, now resident in Perm, has been granted the status of first orchestra of the Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet.  Together with Mr Currentzis, they signed exclusively to Sony Music in 2012 and are recording all the Mozart Da Ponte Operas in the next years.  Previous recordings include Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14, Mozart Requiem and Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.

These coming seasons are very exciting for both Teodor and Musica Aeterna; they return to the UK with a new stage version of The Rite of Spring directed by Romeo Castellucci and will give concerts in Paris, Berlin and Vienna.  In previous seasons,  the orchestra made their debut at the International Festival Baden-Baden, Bregenz Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

As well as his commitments in Perm and with Musica Aeterna, this year Teodor will make his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and also return to the Munich Philharmonic and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for concerts on tour in the Netherlands. As an opera conductor, in this and future seasons, Teodor will make his debuts in Zurich Opera with Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and at the Royal Opera Covent Garden with Puccini's Tosca. Teodor has a long standing relationship with Teatro Real, Madrid and returns every season. Future projects include a staged Verdi's Requiem, Wagner's Tristian und Isolde, Verdi's Don Carlos and a new co-commissioned Peter Sellars' production of Purcell's Indian Queen with Musica Aeterna.

Previous highlights include a successful debut at Paris Opera in 2008 which lead to Teodor returning in 2009 with a critically acclaimed production of Verdi's Macbeth directed by Dmitry Tcherniakov; the International Festival Baden-Baden with a new production of Bizet's Carmen, directing the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra; Weinberg's The Passenger at the Bregenz Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre, with a new production of Berg's Wozzeck. He returned there in autumn 2010 for the premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni and throughout the 2010/11 season for revival performances of both productions.

In 2006, combining his knowledge and passion for early music with contemporary composers and new music, Teodor started the Territoria Modern Art Festival, which in a short space of time has become the most prestigious and progressive annual music festival in Moscow.

Teodor has twice received the prestigious Russian "Golden Mask" theatrical award: for "brilliant performance of Prokofiev's score" (Cinderella, 2007) and for "outstanding results in the area of authentic performance" (The Marriage of Figaro, 2008).

Born in Greece, Russia has become Teodor's home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna

Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro

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1 Le Nozze di Figaro: Sinfonia  
2 Five... Ten... twenty...  
3 What are you measuring  
4 If by chance Madame call you at night  
5 Or well; listen, and shut up!  
6 Lord Bravo!  
7 Mr. Contino If you want to dance  
8 Aspettaste And the day fixed for his wedding  
9 Revenge, revenge oh  
10 Still have not lost Everything  
11 Via, remains served, madam brilliant  
12 Should be 'there, old pedant  
13 I do not know what I am, what I do  
14 Oh, I am lost!  
15 Susanna, heaven save you  
16 What do I hear! soon go  
17 Basilio, Figaro tough track sprints  
18 Carefree girls scatter flowers  
19 Comedy What's this?  
20 Carefree girls scatter flowers  
21 Hurray!  
22 No more will you amorous butterfly  
23 Incline love some refreshment  
24 Come, dear Susanna  
25 How it grieves me, Susanna  
26 Ye who know what love is  
27 Bravo! what a beautiful voice!  
28 Come, kneel  
29 How many antics!  
30 Which news  
31 Susanna or via sorties  
32 So you do not open?  
33 Soon open Open  
34 Oh look the devil!  
35 Everything is as I left  
36 Exit henceforth Garzon ill-bred  
37 Lord, what is that amazing?  
38 Susanna, I'm: I miss my breath  
39 Gentlemen, I am already out of the players  
40 Know, Mr. Figaro  
41 Mr. Ah... Mr. ... What was your... then saran...  
42 You, sir, that you are right... I am confused, I am stunned  
43 Embarrassment What is this!  
44 Via fates core  
45 Heartless! because so far  
46 And because you were with me  
47 I've Already won your case!  
48 I'll See while I sigh  
49 The dispute is decided  
50 Recognize in this embrace  
51 Here, oh dear friend  
52 Let us go, we go, nice page  
53 Susanna does not come!  
54 Where are the good times  
55 I tell you, Mister  
56 Recount what I  
57 On the breeze... What a gentle zephyr  
58 Folded is the sheet  
59 Receive, oh mistress  
60 Such, Madame  
61 Behold the march, let's go  
62 Constant Lovers  
63 Yeah, the usual practice  
64 Visit friends! Constant Lovers...  
65 I mean I've lost  
66 Barbarina, what have you  
67 Soon warn Susanna  
68 The goat and the goat  
69 Missing in the pavilion  
70 In those 'years, where little val  
71 Everything is laid out  
72 Open a po'quegl'occhi  
73 Ma'am, she told me  
74 At last the moment  
75 Pray thee, come, do not delay  
76 The Wicked, and in that form mentia with me?  
77 Softly I will go more in  
78 The Party and at last the bold  
79 Everything is quiet and peaceful  
80 Peace, peace, my sweet darling  
81 People, people, weapons, weapons  
82 Countess forgiveness  
83 The day of torment  
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Almost one thousand miles east of Moscow, in the Russian city of Perm, the charismatic and provocative conductor Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna, the orchestra and choir he created, are recording Mozart's Da Ponte operas. These no-compromise studio recordings are the fruit of a unique way of living and working which Currentzis has established in this remote, formerly closed city, which was dedicated to arms manufacturing in Soviet times. Sony Classical launches the series with Le Nozze di Figaro.