• Wed. 16.09.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Germany
    ·Berlin
    ·Philharmonie

– cancelled –
Works by Paul, Haydn, Rihm and Cherubini

Musikfest Berlin

Programme

    • Jean Paul (1763 – 1825)
    • ›Rede des toten Christus vom Weltgebäude herab, dass kein Gott sei‹ from: Siebenkäs, chapter 47
    • Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    • Chaos from ›Die Schöpfung‹ Hob. XXI:2
    • Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    • ›Andere Schatten‹ musical scene for soli, mixed choir and orchestra
    • Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
    • Requiem in C minor for choir and orchestra

Conductor

Justin Doyle

Justin Doyle is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin. This season he is currently leading the ensemble with a broad repertoire of concerts across Germany and Europe. His first two CD recordings – Britten’s ›Hymn to St Cecilia‹ and Haydn’s ›Missa Cellensis‹ – were both met with great enthusiasm from critics and audiences alike.

Further engagements this season are taking him to work with ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Choir, the MDR Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, the São Paulo Symphony Choir and the BBC Singers. Last season, he regularly worked with orchestras such as the Opera North Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.

Justin Doyle is also in great demand as an opera conductor, in particular for works by Mozart, Haydn and Britten. In previous seasons, he has given concerts at Opera North, at Buxton Festival as well as at Garsington Opera Festival.

Justin Doyle is a passionate advocate of music from other cultures, as well as of Music Education. Since 2018, this British-born musician has been Guest Professor for Choir Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He is also Guest Professor at the Finnish Sibelius Academy.

Soprano

Sarah Aristidou

French-Cypriot soprano Sarah Aristidou was a member of the International Opera Studio of Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden through the 2018/19 season, with roles including Première Servante de Dircé in Cherubini’s ›Médée‹ under Daniel Barenboim and Grande Prêtresse de Diane/Une Matelote in Rameau’s ›Hippolyte et Aricie‹ under Sir Simon Rattle.

Her professional début came in 2016 as Offenbach’s Eurydice (›Orphée aux enfers) at the Angers Nantes Opéra, where she was immediately reinvited as part of Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier’s new production of ›L’incoronazione di Poppea‹ under Gianluca Capuano.

Sarah created the role of Shoko in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher’s ›Das Jagdgewehr‹ at the Bregenzer Festspiele, followed by performances at Aldeburgh Festival, to unanimous critical acclaim, »captur[ing] the adolescent rage of Shoko while mastering Larcher’s virtuosic demands.« (Financial Times, August 2018).

Recent performance highlights include a début with the Berliner Philharmoniker (›A Late Night‹ with Edgard Varèse, conducted by François-Xavier Roth), Maïma (Offenbach’s ›Barkouf‹) at Oper Köln, La Vierge in Honneger’s ›Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher‹ with NOSPR, her London debut with Classical Opera in a festival exploring Mozart and his contemporaries and St. John’s Passion, also with François-Xavier Roth, at Kölner Philharmonie with the Gürzenich Orchestra.

Mezzo-soprano

Olivia Vermeulen

The Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen has established herself on the international stage as a versatile soloist. In May 2016, she gave her celebrated debut as ›Turno‹ with René Jacobs in Agostino Steffani’s ›Amor Vien dal Destino‹ at the Berlin State Opera. She has also been on tour with Iván Fischer in Mozart’s ›The Magic Flute‹ and has performed Schumann’s ›Scenes from Goethe’s Faust‹ with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra. Vermeulen’s engagements last season included touring in the role of ›Cherubino‹ in Mozart’s ›The Marriage of Figaro‹ as well as her debut as ›Donna Elvira‹ in ›Don Giovanni‹, both of which were with René Jacobs and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

She appeared with the clarinettist Jörg Widmann at the Salzburg Mozart Week and performed with Masaaki Suzuki in Mozart’s C Minor Mass at the Paris Theatre des Champs-Elysées and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. It was with Daniel Harding performing this same work that she gave her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2018/19 she gave her debut as ›Abel‹ in Alessandro Scarlatti‘s Opera ›Il Primo Omicidio‹ at the Paris National Opera. A further house debut – this time at the Opera in Zurich – is planned for the 2020/21 season.

Baritone

Dominik Köninger

RIAS Kammerchor

The RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin counts as one of the world’s leading professional choirs and sets the benchmark in almost all areas of music culture – from historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque Music, to Romantic works through to challenging premieres. Founded over 70 years ago, the choir acts as a cultural ambassador to Germany and, with its guest performances in some of the world’s most significant musical centres, is leading the legacy of German choir culture into the 21st century.

The RIAS Chamber Choir has been declared by the British journal »Gramophone« as one of the ten best choirs in the world. Since the 2017-18 season, Justin Doyle has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the choir. Their joint Japanese debut in autumn 2018 was given to great public acclaim. Numerous awards document the choir’s international reputation. Ongoing collaborations link the choir to the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble Resonanz and the Capella de la Torre. In addition, the Ensemble has worked together with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Rene Jacobs, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Ivan Fischer and Rinaldo Alessandrini.

The RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin is part of the Radio Orchestras and Choirs GmbH (ROC). Partners include Deutschland Radio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg.

Conductor

Justin Doyle

Justin Doyle is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin. This season he is currently leading the ensemble with a broad repertoire of concerts across Germany and Europe. His first two CD recordings – Britten’s ›Hymn to St Cecilia‹ and Haydn’s ›Missa Cellensis‹ – were both met with great enthusiasm from critics and audiences alike.

Further engagements this season are taking him to work with ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Choir, the MDR Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, the São Paulo Symphony Choir and the BBC Singers. Last season, he regularly worked with orchestras such as the Opera North Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.

Justin Doyle is also in great demand as an opera conductor, in particular for works by Mozart, Haydn and Britten. In previous seasons, he has given concerts at Opera North, at Buxton Festival as well as at Garsington Opera Festival.

Justin Doyle is a passionate advocate of music from other cultures, as well as of Music Education. Since 2018, this British-born musician has been Guest Professor for Choir Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He is also Guest Professor at the Finnish Sibelius Academy.

Mezzo-soprano

Olivia Vermeulen

The Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen has established herself on the international stage as a versatile soloist. In May 2016, she gave her celebrated debut as ›Turno‹ with René Jacobs in Agostino Steffani’s ›Amor Vien dal Destino‹ at the Berlin State Opera. She has also been on tour with Iván Fischer in Mozart’s ›The Magic Flute‹ and has performed Schumann’s ›Scenes from Goethe’s Faust‹ with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra. Vermeulen’s engagements last season included touring in the role of ›Cherubino‹ in Mozart’s ›The Marriage of Figaro‹ as well as her debut as ›Donna Elvira‹ in ›Don Giovanni‹, both of which were with René Jacobs and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

She appeared with the clarinettist Jörg Widmann at the Salzburg Mozart Week and performed with Masaaki Suzuki in Mozart’s C Minor Mass at the Paris Theatre des Champs-Elysées and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. It was with Daniel Harding performing this same work that she gave her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2018/19 she gave her debut as ›Abel‹ in Alessandro Scarlatti‘s Opera ›Il Primo Omicidio‹ at the Paris National Opera. A further house debut – this time at the Opera in Zurich – is planned for the 2020/21 season.

RIAS Kammerchor

The RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin counts as one of the world’s leading professional choirs and sets the benchmark in almost all areas of music culture – from historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque Music, to Romantic works through to challenging premieres. Founded over 70 years ago, the choir acts as a cultural ambassador to Germany and, with its guest performances in some of the world’s most significant musical centres, is leading the legacy of German choir culture into the 21st century.

The RIAS Chamber Choir has been declared by the British journal »Gramophone« as one of the ten best choirs in the world. Since the 2017-18 season, Justin Doyle has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the choir. Their joint Japanese debut in autumn 2018 was given to great public acclaim. Numerous awards document the choir’s international reputation. Ongoing collaborations link the choir to the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble Resonanz and the Capella de la Torre. In addition, the Ensemble has worked together with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Rene Jacobs, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Ivan Fischer and Rinaldo Alessandrini.

The RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin is part of the Radio Orchestras and Choirs GmbH (ROC). Partners include Deutschland Radio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg.