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CHRISTOPH PRÉGARDIEN tenor
JULIUS DRAKE, pianist

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Terrace Theater

Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings ensures Christoph Prégardien's place among the world's foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Lieder singer, he can be heard this season at the Wigmore Hall London, Casa da Música Porto, Aula Magna in Rome, Philharmonic Hall Warsaw, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, the new Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum and the Kölner Philharmonie. He will also perform at renowned festivals such as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Hohenems, Oxford Lieder Festival, Wimbledon International Festival and the Dresden Music Festival.

Following the success of his conducting debut with J. S. Bach's St. John's Passion with the ensemble Le Concert Lorrain (LCL) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor in 2012 and 2013, Christoph Prégardien again led LCL and the Balthasar-Neumann Choir in 2015 with the St. Matthew's Passion. In 2016 the LCL performed Bach's Christmas Oratorio under his baton in Metz, France and Santander, Spain. Since 1988 Christoph Prégardien has had a very close relationship with the Duisburg Philharmonic. In the 2010/11 season he was Artist in Residence, and in 2016 he celebrated his 60th birthday with the ensemble with concerts and a Schubert cycle. In 2019, he will conduct the orchestra for the first time in works including Mozart's Requiem.

Christoph Prégardien appears regularly with renowned orchestras the world over, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies. His wide orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios and passions, as well as works from the 17th and 20th centuries. He has collaborated with conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Luisi, Metzmacher, Nagano and Thielemann. In opera his roles have included Tamino (The Magic Flute), Almaviva (Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Fenton (Verdi's Falstaff), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and the title roles in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo as well as Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria.

Much of Christoph Prégardien's repertoire has been recorded on the BMG, EMI, DG, Philips, Sony, Erato and Teldec labels. His discography numbers over 130 titles, many of which have been awarded international prizes and his celebrated recordings of German romantic Lieder have won the Orphée d'Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, as well as the Prix Georg Solti, German Record Critics' Prize, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d'Or. Christoph Prégardien forged a long-term collaboration with the Dutch label Challenge Classics; they first released Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin (Michael Gees) and Schwanengesang (Andreas Staier) in 2008. Müllerin was highly praised as "Best of the Year" in Gramophone and was honoured at MIDEM 2009 ("Record and Vocal Recital of the Year"). Further recordings include Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch (Julia Kleiter, Hilko Dumno), Between Life and Death (Michael Gees), Wanderer (ensembleKONTRASTE) and the Grammy-nominated new release of Winterreise with Michael Gees. In 2014 the album Father and Son with his son Julian Prégardien (Michael Gees) received great acclaim, and the Schubert CD Poetisches Tagebuch (Julius Drake) was awarded the German Critics' Award 2016.

Teaching remains a very important part of Christoph Prégardien's musical life. From 2000 to 2004 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zürich. Since 2004 he has been a professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne. As part of Schott's "Master Class" series, he published an innovative multi-media DVD/book addressing vocal technique and musical interpretation.

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world's leading artists, both in recital and on disc.

He appears regularly at all the world's major music centers: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York; the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonic Berlin; the Châtelet and the Musee du Louvre Paris; La Scala Milan and Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid; Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna; and Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms London.

Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000-2003, Julius Drake was also musical director of Deborah Warner's staging of Janáček's Diary of One Who Vanished, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and New York. Since 2009 he was been Artistic Director of the Machynlleth Festival in Wales.

Julius Drake's passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. A series of song recitals - Julius Drake and Friends - in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London, has featured recitals with many outstanding vocal artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Iestyn Davies, Sergei Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Christoph Prégardien, and Sir Willard White.

Julius Drake is frequently invited to perform at international chamber music festivals - most recently, Kuhmo in Finland; Delft in the Netherlands; Oxford in England; and West Cork in Ireland - while his instrumental duo with Nicholas Daniel has been described in The Independent newspaper as "one of the most satisfying in British chamber music: vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order."

Julius Drake's many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; several recitals for the Wigmore Live label, with among others Alice Coote, Joyce DiDonato, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Christopher Maltman and Matthew Polenzani; and recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi.

Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion: the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012. Julius Drake is also a committed teacher and is invited to give master classes worldwide, recently in Aldeburgh, Brussels, Cincinnati, Toronto, Utrecht, and annually at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. He holds a Professorship at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria, where he has a class for song pianists.

Concerts in the coming seasons include recitals in his series, Julius Drake and Friends at the historic Middle Temple Hall in London with Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge as well as concerts at the Barbican, London and Teatro Zarzuelas, Madrid with Danielle De Niese; at Carnegie Hall, New York and Wigmore Hall, London with Alice Coote; in Flo- rence, Vienna, Schwetzingen and Wiesbaden with Gerald Finley; Madrid and Amsterdam with Sarah Connolly and London and the Schubertiade Festival with Christoph Prégardien.

Program to include Poetisches Tagebuch (A Poetic Diary), musical settings by Franz Schubert of poems by Schulze and other German masters.

"His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sang with plaintive beauty and piercing insight."

ANTHONY TOMMASINI, The New York Times


Photo of Christoph Prégardien by Marco Borggreve.
Photo of Julius Drake by Sim Canetty-Clark.

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