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Manfred Honeck is a regular guest of the Czech Philharmonic, and he is planning a Wagner concert with the outstanding baritone Matthias Goerne. Besides an overture and arias from Richard Wagner’s operas, the concert will feature the Fourth Symphony by the composer Franz Schmidt, who experienced playing cello under the baton of Gustav Mahler.
Symphony No. 4 (46')
— Intermission —
King Mark’s monologue from Act II of the opera Tristan und Isolde (11')
Die Walküre, prelude to Act II of the opera (5')
“Die Frist ist um”, aria of the Dutchman from Act I of the opera Der fliegende Holländer (14')
“Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber”, Wotan’s aria from Act III of the opera Die Walküre (15')
Matthias Goerne baritone
Manfred Honeck conductor
“With the musicians of the Czech Philharmonic, I like not only to perform familiar symphonic works, but also to join with them in revealing works to the Czech public that are still relatively new to them. His Fourth Symphony is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Its immediate, tragic inspiration was the death of Schmidt’s adult daughter. Although the symphony presents interpretive difficulties, it is exceptionally accessible to audiences. I hope you will enjoy our performance of it”, says Honeck.
Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners.
Since his opera début at the Salzburg Festival in 1997 (Papageno), Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real in Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, and Orest to the title roles in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Paul Hindemithʼs Mathis der Maler, and Reimann’s Lear.
Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations and an ICMA award. He currently is recording a series of selected Schubert songs for Harmonia Mundi (The Goerne/Schubert Edition on 11 CDs).
In the 2013/14 season, Goerne returns to the major opera houses and concert halls in Europe, the United States, and Asia. He opened this season with a concert at the Musikfest Berlin, where he sang Lutosławski’s Les espaces du sommeil with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, followed by a tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and several performances of Britten’s War Requiem with the London Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony.
He appears as soloist with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.; the Dallas Symphony; the Orchestre de Paris; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; NHK Symphony Tokyo; the Hong Kong Philharmonic; and the National Philharmonic of Russia.
At the Vienna State Opera, Goerne has leading roles in three different opera productions: Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde, Amfortas in Parsifal, and the title role in Berg’s Wozzeck.
In addition, Goerne appears in nearly forty recitals worldwide with six different programs ranging from Schubert to Berg, Shostakovich, and Eisler, with pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christoph Eschenbach, Andreas Haefliger, and Alexander Schmalcz, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Center, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the Zurich Opera House. At both the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the KIOI Hall in Tokyo, Goerne performed Schubert’s song cycles on three evenings. In the summer of 2014, Goerne sung Schubert’s Winterreise at the Vienna Festival and the Festival in Aix-en-Provence at a film installation by South African artist William Kentridge.
From 2001 through 2005, Matthias Goerne taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf. In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
A native of Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Over the last quarter century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations and arrangements of a wide range of repertoire. For more than a decade, he has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, celebrated in Pittsburgh and abroad. Together, they have continued a legacy of music-making that includes several Grammy nominations and a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra serve as cultural ambassadors for the city as one of the most frequently toured American orchestras.
Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and was subsequently engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award. Following early posts at MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was appointed Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm. For several years, he also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
As a guest conductor Manfred Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, and the Vienna Philharmonic, and is a regular guest with all of the major American orchestras. Operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Royal Opera of Copenhagen and the Salzburg Festival.
Manfred Honeck holds honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President. An international jury of critics selected him as the International Classical Music Awards “Artist of the Year” 2018.