Opening of the 2023/2024 Concert Season Filharmonia Narodowa

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Opening of the 2023/2024 Concert Season
Eva Vogel, photo: Uwe Hauth

The intriguing programme of the concert inaugurating the 2023/2024 concert season at the Warsaw Philharmonic takes the form of an encounter between three classics. Although it might seem that the music of Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki continues to define contemporary Polish music, it is increasingly being assigned to the canon of the past. The programme of the opening concert of the new artistic season reminds us of important events related to those three innovative composers: the 110th anniversary of the birth of Lutosławski and the 90th anniversary of the birth of Penderecki and Górecki. Ludwig van Beethoven, who in his own times was regarded as a revolutionary (but also an eccentric), also came to embody for subsequent generations what was classical (and for many, what was finest). The turbulent history of the reception of his monumental Ninth Symphony in D minor shows that the significance of a given work is never established once and for all. It fascinated not just musicians and listeners with different tastes, but also representatives of different political factions and followers of extreme ideologies. It met along the way both nationalism and also universalism, which gave humanity hope. Today, one of the themes of the Symphony’s finale, which some critics of Beethoven’s time regarded as arrant extravagance, is one of the most recognisable melodies in Western musical culture, familiar as the anthem of the European Union.

Bartłomiej Gembicki 

The Warsaw Philharmonic Strategic Patron of the Year – PKO Bank Polski – warmly welcomes you to join us in this concert

Eva Vogel

Born in Germany, Eva Vogel studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York (BA) and at Yale University (MA). She also trained under Christa Ludwig and Brigitte Fassbaender. She was a member of the Internationale Opernstudio der Oper Köln and later became a soloist at opera houses in Düsseldorf and Innsbruck.

She has performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Wiener Musikverein, Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele in Palermo and Royal Opera House – Covent Garden in London. She has participated in the staging of numerous operas by Richard Wagner at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Osterfestspiele Salzburg.

Eva Vogel has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Kent Nagano, Andrew Manze, Ivor Bolton, Pietari Inkinen, Axel Kober, Jonathan Nott, Juraj Valčuha, Edo de Waart and Ingo Metzmacher.

Recently, she has participated in performances of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (NDR Radiophilharmonie, cond. Andrew Manze), Hector Berlioz’s Les nuits d'été (Tonkünstler-Orchester, cond. Ivor Bolton), Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis (Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, cond. Juraj Valčuha), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem (cond. John Axelrod), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Sir Simon Rattle) and in concert tours (Paris, Vienna, New York, Taipei and Tokyo) as well as in operas: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (cond. Asher Fisch), Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre (Bayerisches Staatsorchester, cond. Sir Simon Rattle) and the Berlin premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze.

In the current season, she performs, among others, with Concerto Köln (cond. Kent Nagano) in the art-historical project Das Rheingold / Der Ring des Nibelungen in many European cities (Dresden, Cologne, Amsterdam, Ravello, Lucerne). She will present Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Copenhagen Phil (cond. Toshiyuki Kamioka) and the Belgrade Philharmonic (cond. Daniel Raiskin), and will sing the solo part in Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Bremer Philharmoniker (cond. Hansjörg Albrecht) as well as recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Westfälisches Musikfestival Hamm.