MusicAeterna was founded by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk in 2004. Since 2011 the musicAeterna Choir has been the resident chorus at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The choir has taken part in a number of new productions in Perm, including Così fan tutte (2011), Le nozze di Figaro (2012), Don Giovanni (2014), Purcell’s The Indian Queen (2013), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (2015), Prince Igor (2015), La traviata (2016) and La bohème (2017). It has also performed in the world premieres of works written specially for musicAeterna, including Dmitri Kourliandski’s Nosferatu (2014), Philippe Hersant’s Tristia (2015) and Alexey Syumak’s Cantos (2016).
MusicAeterna has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. Releases to date include Le nozze di Figaro (2014), which received the German Record Critics’ Award and an ECHO Klassik Award in the category of Best Operatic Recording of a Work of the 17th or 18th Century; Così fan tutte (2014), voted Recording of the Year in a poll of critics for Opernwelt magazine; Stravinsky’s Les Noces (2016) and Rameau: The Sound of Light (2014). On DVD the chorus may be seen in a live recording of Peter Sellars’s production of The Indian Queen conducted by Teodor Currentzis that was released in 2016.
Both in Perm and elsewhere the chorus works regularly with guest conductors, including Vincent Dumestre, Andres Mustonen, Paul Hillier, Raphaël Pichon, Andrea Marcon and Jérémie Rhorer.
Tours have taken the musicAeterna Choir to Moscow, St Petersburg, Berlin, Athens, Paris, Lisbon, Hamburg, Ferrara, Munich, Cologne, Kraków and elsewhere. The choir made its debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2015 and two years later appeared for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in Peter Sellars’s production of La clemenza di Tito. In November 2019 the choir makes its US debut at New York’s new culture centre, The Shed, in Verdi’s Requiem.