Richard Strauss

Don Juan op. 20

Karol Szymanowski

Three Fragments on poems by Jan Kasprowicz op. 5

Leoš Janáček

Suite from the opera The Cunning Little Vixen

Richard Strauss

Dance of the Seven Veils from the opera Salome op. 54

Anu Tali
Katharina Magiera

With the International Richard Strauss Orchestra Academy, the festival is pursuing new paths in encouraging young talent. Around 80 to 85 academics and young students of the Prague, Brno, Kraków, Katowice, Nuremberg and Munich colleges of music will prepare a sophisticated programme of works by Richard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski and Leoš Janáček and perform them at the final concert of the festival. The Estonian conductor Anu Tali is the artistic director of the Orchestra Academy and will conduct this concert.
After the concert, 2018‘s Richard-Strauss-Festival will end with a barbecue with the musicians, the audience and the sponsors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Anu TaliDescribed by the Herald Tribune as “charismatic, brilliant, energetic”, Anu Tali is one of the most intriguing conductors on the international scene today, belonging to a new generation of artists who are constantly searching for fresh musical ideas.

In August 2013, Tali became Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida. Alongside her duties in Sarasota, highlights of the current season include her debuts with Pacific Symphony and at the Fringe Festival in Philadelphia. She continues in her role as Chief Conductor of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, which she founded in 1997 together with her twin sister Kadri Tali in order to develop cultural contacts between Estonia and Finland, and to unite musicians from around the world. Today the Nordic Symphony Orchestra has members from fifteen countries, featuring musicians from some of the world’s leading orchestras.

Tali appears regularly with orchestras worldwide including the Japan and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, New Jersey, Vancouver, Houston, Milwaukee, Gothenburg and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras. In Germany she worked with Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berliner Konzerthausorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Ensemble Modern.

Following a major success with a production of Carmen at Magdeburg State Opera, she was invited to conduct the Freiburger Barockorchester in a production of Gluck’s Telemaco at the Schwetzingen Festival and Theater Basel. She also recently conducted acclaimed semi-staged performances of Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I Have Seen with ensembles including the London Sinfonietta at New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Centre and in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Seattle and Barcelona.

Tali’s debut recording, Swan Flight, (Finlandia/Warner Classics) earned her the 2003 ECHO Klassik ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Award. Other recordings include Action Passion Illusion for Warner Classics featuring works by Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Erkki-Sven Tüür. Her most recent CD, featuring Tüür’s Strata and Noēsis, was released on ECM in January 2011 and met with significant critical acclaim.

Born in Estonia, Anu Tali began her musical career as a pianist, graduating at the Tallinn Conservatory in 1991. She then trained as a conductor at the Estonian Academy of Music with Kuno Areng, Toomas Kapten and Roman Matsow. From 1998 to 2000 she studied at the St Petersburg State Conservatory with Ilya Musin and later with Leonid Kortchmar and Jorma Panula.

Katharina Magiera © Barbara Aumüller
Katharina Magiera © Barbara Aumüller

Katharina MagieraDuring her studies as a Piano major in Mannheim, Katherina Magiera decided to switch to be a Voice Major studying with Professor Vera U.G. Scherr. From there she went to study with Professor Hedwig Fassbender in Frankfurt am Main, and Professor Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim, where she earned a Konzert Diploma.
Ms. Magiera received the scholarship “Villa Musica” from the German state Rheinland Pfalz, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation scholarship “Live Music now”, the foundation the German people scholarship, and in 2009 won the Mendelssohn competition.
Her concert repertory includes the Passions and many Cantatas of J.S. Bach, the Requiems of Duruflé, A. Dvořák, G. Verdi, A. Schnittke and W.A. Mozart, as well as the Oratories of Händel, Mendelssohn and Honegger. These works were conducted by, G. Garrido, H-Chr. Rademann, P. Cao, P. Carignani, S. Kuijken, M. Beuerle, W. Toll und H. Rilling.

On the Opera Stage, Katharina Magiera has performed in the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, and in the Oper Frankfurt, where she has been a full time ensemble member since the fall of 2009. There Ms. Magiera has been seen as, Sphinx (Oedipe), Bradamante (Orlando furioso), Rosalia (Tiefland), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Untos Wife (Sallinens Kullervo), Stallmagd (Königskinder), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), the High priestess in Schoecks Penthesilea and as Flosshilde / Schwertleite (Ring), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Filosofia (LʼOrontea),Marzelline (Figaros Hochzeit), and in the Frankfurt Opera premiere of three one Act operas by Bohuslav Martinů, as Wanja (Iwan Sussanin) and Nancy (Martha).
In 2015 Ms. Magiera debuted with the Opéra Bastille Paris, as the Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and in the same year with the National Symphony of Poland Radio Orchestra under the baton of A. Liebreich, debuted at the Salzburg Festival under the direction of A. Orozco Estrada, and with MDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by K. Järvi. Future engagements for Katharina Magiera include the Salzburg Festival in 2017 as Schwertleite conducted by Christian Thielemann, and at the Vienna State Opera as the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte under René Jacobs.