JONAH’S MISSION. Festival Baltikum
Oratorio Jonah’s Mission
Susanne Bernhard soprano
Annely Peebo mezzo-soprano
Peter Svensson tenor
Ain Anger bass
Johann Tilli bass
Staats- und Domchor Berlin
State Choir Latvija
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
ENSO to perform in Berlin Konzerthaus for the second time in 25 years!
Opened in 1821, the Berlin Schauspielhaus was turned into a concert hall after World War II. Known for its excellent acoustic quality, the venue is among the most prestigious concert halls in Europe. In 1994, it was renamed the Berlin Konzerthaus, and so the last time ENSO performed there in 1993, the name Schauspielhaus was still written on posters and programme sheets.
Right before the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the programme of the concert will include the first Estonian oratorio, Jonah’s Mission by Rudolf Tobias. All performances of the oratorio have carried a special significance in Estonian history. In 1913, the Sanctus was used to inaugurate the Estonia Theatre House. Premiered in 1909 in Leipzig, the oratorio was only performed to an Estonian audience in full in 1989, conducted by Peeter Lilje. This performance, given shortly before Estonia regained independence, became an event of national importance. Performed by ENSO and conducted by Neeme Järvi, the composition was released as a CD and DVD.
The Berlin performance of Jonah’s Mission will also include an international ensemble of soloists, with Annely Peebo, soloist at the Vienna Volksoper, and Ain Anger, soloist at the Vienna Staatsoper among them.
Concert is produced by Berlin Konzerthaus