Concerts

Opera-gala

January 16, 2003 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Thursday, January 16th at 19, in Estonia Concert Hall

GOLDEN CLASSICS
Gala-evening:
20 years of Nikolai Alexeev’s and ERSO’s collaboration

In programme:
Extracts from famous operas.
Verdi – La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra
Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess

Soloistid: Tatiana Pavlovskaya (soprano, St Petersburg)
Sergei Leiferkus (baritone, London)

Conductor: NIKOLAI ALEXEEV

A leading artist with the Royal Opera (Covent Garden) in London, Russian-born Sergei Leiferkus appears regularly in the world’s premiere opera houses, such as the Kirov, the Bastille, the Vienna State, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Metropolitan, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric of Chicago, the Houston Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera, and is a frequent guest at the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Tanglewood and Ravinia. He is also a regular soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and is heard regularly in recital at some of the most prestigious international concert venues such as New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Center, in addition to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus.
His voice and acting ability have made it possible for him to be active in an amazingly diverse operatic repertoire. He is Verdi’s Iago (Otello) and Wagner’s Telramund (Lohengrin), but he is also Mozart’s Don Giovanni and his Count (Nozze di Figaro), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Borodin’s Prince Igor as well as Prokofiev’s Rupert (Fiery Angel) and Prince Andrei (War and Peace). He excels in all styles of music and languages, to wit his acclaim as Scarpia (Tosca), Gerard (Andrea Chenier), Escamillo (Carmen), Zurga (Pocheurs de Perles) and especially in such Verdi roles as Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra, Nabucco, Amonasro (Aida) and Renato (Ballo in Maschera). His repertoire encompasses more than forty roles.
Mr. Leiferkus has worked with some of today’s foremost conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Edward Downes, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neeme Jarvi, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Georg Solti, Yuri Temirkanov, and Christian Thielemann, among others.
In addition to giving recitals throughout Europe, the North American continent and the Far East, his appearances with orchestras have included Bach’s ” St. Matthew Passion” (Christus), Berlioz’ “La Damnation de Faust”, Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, Britten’s “War Requiem”, Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”, and his “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”, Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death”, Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible”, Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells”, Shostakovich Symphonies No. 13 and 14, and Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”.
Mr. Leiferkus has recorded for most of the major labels. In opera he is represented by Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame with Seiji Ozawa (BMG/RCA) and Mazeppa with Neeme Jarvi (DG); Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel with Valery Gergiev (Philips); Verdi’s Otello with Chung (DG); Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with Claudio Abbado (Sony); Wagner’s Lohengrin with Colin Davis (BMG/RCA); Beethoven’s Fidelio with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec); and Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Francesca da Rimini with Jarvi (DG). In orchestral repertoire he has recorded Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Kurt Masur (Teldec), Symphony No. 14 and The Orchestral Songs with Jarvi (DG)-, Mussorgsky’s ” Songs and Dances of Death” with Yuri Temirkanov (BMG/RCA); Janacek’s ” Glagolitic Mass”; Rachmaninoff s ” The Bells” with Charles Dutoit (Decca/London); and Prokofiev’s ” Ivan the Terrible” with Rostropovich (Sony). For the Connifer label (BMG/RCA), he has embarked on recordings of the Russian song literature. So far there are Glinka Songs (Volume 1); Borodin and Dargomizhsky Songs; Tchaikovsky Songs (Volume 1); and the complete Mussorgsky Songs (Volumes 1,2,3 and 4). Volume I was nominated for a Grammy.
On video, Mr. Leiferkus can be seen as Eugene Onegin and in the Fiery Angel (both from the Kirov Opera); as Prince Igor and in Otello (London’s Royal Opera); in three different productions of Pique Dame (from Kirov with Gergiev, Vienna State Opera with Ozawa and Glyndebourne with Andrew Davis); and as Nabucco (from the Bregenz Festival). Recent telecasts featuring Mr. Leiferkus include Carmen and Samson el Dalilah, both from the Metropolitan Opera.

Tickets: 150.-, 100.- (reduction –50%)

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Nice opportunity to spend your night!
After the concert (showing that night’s concert ticket) you will be offered discounts in:
Restaurant Karl Friedrich (Raekoja plats 5) -20%,
Café Anglais (Raekoja plats 14) -15%,
Veinipööning (Viru 18 3rd floor) – 15%,
Tallinna Eesti Maja Restaurant (Lauteri 1) – 15%.

Tickets: 150.-, 100.- (reduction –50%)