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Charles Dutoit conducts Mozart and Bartók featuring
mezzo-soprano Ildikó Komlósi and baritone Matthias Goerne

Charles Dutoit conducts Mozart and Bartók featuring mezzo-soprano Ildikó Komlósi and baritone Matthias Goerne

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This second program celebrating Charles Dutoit's 80th birthday juxtaposes music of Mozart and Bartók. First performed in 1918, Bartók's one-act, two-character Bluebeard's Castle, his only opera, pairs a lush and exotic score with a psychologically penetrating libretto by Béla Balázs. Its seven tableaux correspond to seven doors opened by Bluebeard's new bride Judith, each scene a catalyst for the composer's fantastical musical imagination. Opening the program is Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, the first of the composer's final trio of symphonies composed in quick succession in the summer of 1788.

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Charles Dutoit, conductor
Charles Dutoit, conductor View biography in full page >

Captivating audiences throughout the world, Charles Dutoit is one of today's  most sought-after conductors, having performed with all the major orchestras on most stages of the five continents.

Presently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he recently celebrated his 30-year artistic collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who in turn, bestowed upon him the title of Conductor Laureate. He collaborates every season with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and is also a regular guest  on the stages in London, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, amongst others.

His more than 200 recordings for Decca, Deutsche Grammophone, EMI, Philips and Erato have garnered multiple awards and distinctions including two Grammys.

For 25 years , Charles Dutoit was Artistic Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a dynamic musical team recognised the world over.
From 1991 to 2001, he was Music Director of the Orchestre National de France and in 1996, was appointed Principal Conductor and soon thereafter, Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo). He is today Music Director Emeritus of this Orchestra.

He was for 10 years Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Music Center and for 21 years, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Charles Dutoit's interest in the younger generation has always held an important place in his career and he has successively been Music Director of the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival and Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan as well as the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou. In 2009, he became Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

When still in his early 20's, Charles Dutoit was invited by Von Karajan to conduct the Vienna State Opera.  He has since conducted at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Rome Opera and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

In 1991, he was made Honorary Citizen of the City of Philadelphia, in 1995, Grand Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec, in 1996, Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France and in 1998, he was invested as Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2007, he received the Gold Medal of  the city of Lausanne, his birthplace and in 2014, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Classical Music Awards.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of McGill, Montreal, Laval and the Curtis School of Music.

A globetrotter motivated by his passion for history and archaeology, political science, art and architecture, he has traveled in all 196

Charles Dutoit, conductor Ildikó Komlósi, mezzo-soprano (Judith) Ildikó Komlósi, mezzo-soprano (Judith)
Matthias Goerne, baritone (Bluebeard)
Matthias Goerne, baritone (Bluebeard) View biography in full page >

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.

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 carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Wotan and Orest to the title roles in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Béla Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle, and Paul Hindemithʼs Mathis der Maler.

Goerne's artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, and only recently an ICMA award. He currently is recording a series of selected Schubert songs for Harmonia Mundi (The Goerne/Schubert Edition on 11 CDs).

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.

Highligts in the recent seasons included song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, London (Wigmore Hall) and New York (Carnegie Hall) as well as concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and moreover many appearances at the Vienna State Opera in three different roles (Amfortas, Kurwenal and Wozzeck).

Highlights in 2014/15 include song recitals with Piotr Anderszewski in London, Vienna and Berlin, concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra (War Requiem), Czech Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic (Wotan in the concert version of Das Rheingold) and a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic (Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde).

Matthias Goerne, baritone (Bluebeard)
Program Notes Audio
MOZART - Symphony No. 39 (33 min)
BARTÓK - Bluebeard’s Castle^ (60 min)

^Hungarian with English supertitles
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