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Arts Calendar / April 26 / Concerts
20:00 Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis is a Greek-Russian conductor famed for the unorthodox operatic interpretations he has issued from the relatively remote cities of Novosibirsk and Perm. The Guardian has called him "the conducting equivalent of Glenn Gould morphed with Kurt Cobain." In 2004, while he held the position of music director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra, Currentzis founded and became artistic director of MusicAeterna, leading both the choir and ensemble in period-style performances. In 2006, he also started the Territoria Modern Art Festival in Moscow. Remaining in Novosibirsk until 2010, Currentzis became the artistic director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theater. He was the recipient of the Golden Mask theatrical award, and he received awards for his performances of Henry Purcell's The Indian Queen, Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Sergey Prokofiev's Cinderella, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le nozze de Figaro. Currentzis remains director of MusicAeterna and has toured Europe with new productions of Purcell's The Indian Queen and other Baroque operas. He made several recordings of the Alpha label, beginning in 2008, and including one of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 14, Op. 135, one of his few non-operatic releases. But it is his approach to Mozart that has made headlines and attracted the attention of the multinational Sony label. With blistering tempi, furious attacks influenced by his historical Baroque performance background, and an international group of singers handpicked to keep up with him, Currentzis' cycle of Mozart operas (Don Giovanni was recorded in Perm in 2016) has excited, and to an extent polarized, critics and listeners. Currentzis, who reportedly changes romantic partners annually like some do their automobiles, has stated that he is happy in Perm, in the Ural mountains, and has no plans to leave.
Moscow Conservatory Great Hall 
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