November 2 & 3, 2020: 2nd subscription concert of the Staatskapelle Berlin

with Daniel Barenboim, Genia Kühmeier, Violeta Urmana, Klaus Florian Vogt, Michael Volle, and the State Opera Choir

On November 2nd and 3rd, the Staatskapelle Berlin will perform its second subscription concert of the season in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Philharmonie. Musical direction is in the hands of Daniel Barenboim, who will also perform as a pianist. The program includes rarely heard works for choir, soloists, and piano by Franz Schubert (“Night Light,” “Ständchen,” “The 92nd Psalm,” “Good Night,” and “Mirjam’s Victory Song”) as well as his “unfinished” Symphony No. 8 in B minor. Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Violeta Urmana (mezzo-soprano), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor), and Michael Volle (baritone) appear as soloists. They are joined by the State Opera Choir, rehearsed by Martin Wright.

The Austrian soprano Genia Kühmeier began her international career in 2002 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Since then she has appeared internationally as an opera and concert singer in venues that include the Semperoper Dresden, the Theater an der Wien, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Salzburg Festival, as well as with the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Wiener Musikverein. She has worked with renowned orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Munich Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchester National de Lyon and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with notable conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Thomas Hengelbrock, Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, Marc Minkowski, Mariss Jansons, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Colin Davis, Marek Janowski and Sir Simon Rattle.

The Lithuanian singer Violeta Urmana is a regular guest at opera houses such as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and at festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, and Aix-en-Provence. She also gives concerts in the most renowned concert halls in Europe and overseas, where she has worked with famous conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Bertrand de Billy. Numerous CD recordings and awards document her career, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize and the title of Austrian Chamber Singer in Vienna and the “Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” in 2014. She also has the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, and received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian University of Music and Theater. Violeta Urmana has been a UNESCO Artist for Peace since 2016. Violeta Urmana has been at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in recent seasons including the new production of Prokofiev’s THE ENGAGEMENT IN THE MONASTERY and in the revivals of Verdi’s IL TROVATORE and Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.


Klaus Florian Vogt’s repertoire primarily includes dramatic Wagner roles such as Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Stolzing, and Siegmund, but also lyrical-dramatic roles such as Erik in THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Prince Andrei Chowanski in CHOWANSCHTSCHINA, the Prince in Dvořák’s RUSALKA, Paul in THE DEAD CITY, and the title role in LA DAMNATION DE FAUST. Klaus Florian Vogt is a sought-after guest at all major opera houses, as well as at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals and numerous other festivals. Klaus Florian Vogt has also made a name for himself as a concert and lieder singer. Performances have taken him to Vienna, New York, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, London, Athens, Berlin, and Leipzig, as well as the Salzburg Festival. On the concert stage, he works with renowned orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Mariss Jansons, Simone Young and Antonio Pappano. His discography includes numerous opera recordings and solo CDs; In 2012 he received the ECHO Klassik as Artist of the Year. At the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Klaus Florian Vogt can be seen as Tamino in the FAMILY MAGIC FLUTE, a shortened version of August Everding’s production, on October 25, 26 and 31.

Michael Volle is one of the world’s leading baritone singers. He received his first engagements at houses in Mannheim, Düsseldorf, and Cologne. At the Zurich Opera House, which Michael Volle first appeared as a member of the ensemble and later as a guest singer, he interpreted important roles in his field such as Beckmesser and Hans Sachs, Golaud in PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, Eugen Onegin, Amfortas, and the Count in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Michael Volle is a guest at international stages such as the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festival. In addition, Michael Volle is active as a concert and lieder singer. At the State Opera Unter den Linden Michael Volle has appeared as Wozzeck, Dr. Schön in LULU, Holländer, Scarpia, Orest, Falstaff, and Herr Fluth, as well as Wotan and Wanderer in the “Ring” cycle.

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