Biography

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Current as of July 2019

The Philharmonia Choir of Vienna was formed in 2002 on the initiative of Gerard Mortier and initially took its name from the projects in which it was involved: the Ruhrtriennale Choir and the Baden-Baden Festival Choir. Since 2006 it has operated as an independent organization under the name of the Philharmonia Choir of Vienna. During its early years it worked with Claudio Abbado, Marc Minkowski and Kent Nagano among others in Baden-Baden, at the Ruhrtriennale, the Bremen Music Festival and in Reggio Emilia and Ferrara in a repertoire that included Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser, Parsifal, L’Arlésienne and Jörn Arnecke’s Unter Eis. More recently the choir has appeared in Baden-Baden in Der Rosenkavalier and Elektra under Christian Thielemann, in Der Freischütz and Faust under Thomas Hengelbrock, in Mefistofele under Stefan Soltesz, in Manon Lescaut, Tristan und Isolde, Tosca and Parsifal under Simon Rattle and, in 2019, Otello under Zubin Mehta.
The Philharmonia Choir of Vienna made its Salzburg debut at the 2010 Whitsun Festival in Mozart’s La Betulia liberata under Riccardo Muti, returning the following Whitsun for Mercadante’s I due Figaro, also under Muti, in a production later seen in Ravenna, Madrid and Buenos Aires. At the summer Festival, the choir has been heard on a regular basis since 2013, notably in fully staged performances of Falstaff under Zubin Mehta, Don Giovanni under both Christoph Eschenbach and Alain Altinoglu, Faust under Alejo Pérez and, in 2018, L’italiana in Algeri under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. It has also been heard here in concert performances of Giovanna d’Arco under Paolo Carignani, La Favorite under Robert Abbado, Thaïs under Patrick Fournillier, I due Foscari under Michele Mariotti and Les Pêcheurs de perles under Riccardo Minasi.
The Philharmonia Choir of Vienna’s most recent projects include the world premiere of Arnulf Herrmann’s Der Mieter at the Frankfurt Opera as well as concert performances of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski in Bremen and Baden-Baden and Rigoletto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno in Paris and Luxembourg. During the summer of 2019 they are taking part in a series of performances of Die Zauberflöte at the St. Margarethen Opera Festival.
Also in demand in the concert hall, the Philharmonia Choir of Vienna continues to appear under the musical direction of its founder, Walter Zeh.

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