Teodor Currentzis

Teodor Currentzis

Teodor will be the conductor for The Rite of Spring. For more information, please visit the event page by following the link in the left hand panel.

Teodor Currentzis is the Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of the International Diaghilev Festival, Founder and Artistic Director of the ensemble MusicAeterna and of the MusicAeterna Chamber Choir, both formed in 2004, during his tenure as Music Director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra (2004-2010).

MusicAeterna, now resident in Perm, has earned its reputation as the foremost Russian ensemble specialised in authentic performance. However, the orchestra does not limit its repertoire to early music, successfully combining pieces from different epochs, including 20th century works and new commissions. Together with Maestro Currentzis, they signed exclusively to Sony Music in 2012 and are recording the three Mozart Da Ponte Operas for release between 2013 and 2015. Previous recordings include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Mozart Requiem and Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on Harmonia Mundi.

These coming seasons are very exciting for both Teodor and MusicAeterna; they return to the UK to make their debut at the Manchester International Festival with a new stage version of The Rite of Spring directed by Romeo Castellucci. This production will also travel to the Ruhr Trienale. In September the Perm Opera will present Purcell’s opera The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars, in co-production with the Madrid Teatro Real, where the opera will be presented in November 2013. In February 2014 MusicAeterna will tour a number of prestigious European venues, including the Berlin Philharmonic and Paris Cite de la Musique.


In January 2013, Teodor Currentzis made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Mozartwoche, during 2013 he returns to the Munich Philharmonic and the goes on an extensive European tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In April 2013 Maestro Currentzis makes his debut with Zurich Opera in a production of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and in May 2014 at Covent Garden with Puccini’s Tosca. Teodor has a long standing and privileged relationship with Teatro Real, Madrid and returns every season. Future projects in Madrid include Verdi’s Requiem, Wagner’s Tristian und Isolde, Verdi’s Don Carlos.

Previous highlights include a successful debut at Paris Opera in 2008 which led to Teodor returning in 2009 with a critically acclaimed production of Verdi's Macbeth directed by Dmitry Tcherniakov; the International Festival Baden-Baden with a new production of Bizet's Carmen, directing the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra; Weinberg's The Passenger at the Bregenz Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre, with a new production of Berg's Wozzeck. He returned there in autumn 2010 for the premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni and throughout the 2010/11 season for revival performances of both productions.

In 2006, combining his knowledge and passion for early music with contemporary composers and new music, Teodor started the Territoria Modern Art Festival, which in a short space of time has become the most prestigious and progressive annual music festival in Moscow.

Since 2012 Teodor Currentzis has been the Artistic Director of the International Diaghilev Festival in Perm, which has the aim of preserving and developing the traditions of the great impresario and promoter of Russian culture Sergei Pavlovitch Diaghilev. The programme of the festival includes the world premieres of operas and ballets, contemporary dance, drama theatre, art exhibitions, concerts of symphonic,music, chamber music, early music and jazz music, film retrospectives. Artists in residence of 2013 Diaghilev Festival are pianist and composer-postminimalist Anton Batagov, and radical Italian director, “unstoppable theatre innovator” Romeo Castellucci.

Teodor has received four prestigious Russian "Golden Mask" theatrical awards.

In 2013 the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre under Teodor Currentzis’s artstic direction received 17 nominations for the “Golden Mask” Award, more than any other theatre in Russia. The Artistic Director and Conductor of the Perm Theatre Teodor Currentzis is mentioned in the “Best Conductor” category four times: for Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte and Pascal Dusapin’s Medeamaterial, and for two ballets – Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Sergei Prokofiev’s Chout.

Born in Greece, Russia has become Teodor's home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he studied conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.

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