Philippe Jaroussky Francesco Corti and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

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Four years from now will mark the tricentenary of the year 1727, when Bach composed the Matthew Passion to the libretto Christian Friedrich Henrici - known by the pen name Picander - wrote based on the Gospel of Matthew. The work was presumably first performed on Good Friday of that year, which fell on 11 April, at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Harpsichordist, organist and conductor Francesco Corti is a member of numerous world-famous early music ensembles and regularly conducts the top historically informed orchestras, including Il Pomo d'Oro, where he has served as first guest conductor since 2018. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1987 in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Over time, the ensemble became one of the most prestigious representatives of period performance practice, playing under the batons of guest conductors like Ivor Bolton, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Pablo Heras-Casado and Trevor Pinnock. The choir for this performance of the St Matthew Passion, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie (successor of the Schweizer Kammerchor), is a highly cultured 32-member Swiss choir with a broad repertoire. The cast of soloists consists of world-class singers. Deserving special note are the German tenor Maximilian Schmitt, who will portray the voice of the evangelist, and the French countertenor of unparalleled virtuosity and extraordinary evocativeness Philippe Jaroussky.

Program and cast

Conductor:

Francesco Corti

Featuring:

Evangelist

Maximilian Schmitt - tenor

Jesus

Yannick Debus - bass

soprano

Kateryna Kasper

countertenor

Philippe Jaroussky

tenor

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

bass

Andreas Wolf

Zürcher Sing-Akademie (artistic director: Florian Helgath)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Creator:

assistant

Nico Köhs

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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