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Bass-Baritone Tomasz Konieczny to Appear in Role of Jochanaan in Richard Strauss's Salome, in Concert by the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic on Saturday, March 1

(For Immediate Release, February 24, 2014, New York, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced that bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny has agreed to step in for Falk Struckmann in the role of Jochanaan in the concert presentation of Richard Strauss’s Salome by the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons on Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Mr. Struckmann is unable to appear due to illness. The concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s three-week, citywide festival Vienna: City of Dreams, which runs from February 21 to March 16.

Tomasz Konieczny
With his sensational success in roles such as Alberich, Jochanaan, and Wotan at the Vienna State Opera, Tomasz Konieczny has established himself at the forefront of outstanding dramatic bass-baritones of his generation. Vienna has also invited him to sing the roles of Mandryka, Kurwenal, Amfortas, and Jack Rance in future productions. Among his future plans, Mr. Konieczny has guest contracts to sing at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festival, apart from his contract as a Company Principal at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf/Duisburg. Mr. Konieczny was born in 1972 in Łodź / Poland, where he first studied acting at the Film, TV, and Theatre Academy. He then began his vocal studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy in Warsaw, after which he went to Dresden where he joined the class of Prof. Christian Elsner at the Hochschule für Musik. In 1998, he won the 33rd Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Carlsbad.

Vienna: City of Dreams
From February 21 to March 16, 2014, Carnegie Hall presents Vienna: City of Dreams, a three-week citywide festival featuring more than 90 events at Carnegie Hall and 23 partner cultural organizations throughout New York City, all inviting audiences to discover the extraordinary artistic legacy of Vienna. The festival features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as new sounds emerging from this historic cultural capital. In addition to music, Vienna: City of Dreams shines a spotlight on Vienna’s visual art, film, architecture, politics, science, and history, creating an extensive look at a city that for centuries has drawn artists, dreamers, and innovators from all corners of the world to its dazzling intellectual and artistic life.

The centerpiece of Vienna: City of Dreams is seven concerts to launch and conclude the festival at Carnegie Hall by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera, led by esteemed conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, and Zubin Mehta. Vienna has long been known as a crucible for creativity and great artistic achievements, especially in the area of classical music, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera have both been at the center of the city’s artistic life since their inception. Concerts presented as part of Vienna: City of Dreams highlight the roles played by these unparalleled cultural institutions as well as Carnegie Hall’s longstanding partnership with the orchestra, which has appeared more than 100 times at the Hall since its 1956 debut—more than any other overseas ensemble.

The residency includes concert performances of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Richard Strauss’s Salome, marking only the second time in their history that the Viennese musicians have performed opera in concert at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra also performs such masterpieces as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6; Brahms’s Symphony No. 3; Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished;” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, concerts featuring core symphonic repertoire for which the ensemble has long been known.

The Vienna: City of Dreams celebration extends throughout New York City with festival events at leading cultural institutions, crossing arts disciplines to include music, film, visual arts, panel discussions, and even a Viennese Opera Ball, which launches the festival on February 21.

Carnegie Hall has launched a special website, which features information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos introducing the music being performed, and other content designed to illuminate Vienna: City of Dreams offerings. Once the festival begins, Carnegie Hall will also capture video of select performances to be shared alongside this content on the website.

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