About Us

For the Musikalische Akademie, members of Mannheim’s National Theater Orchestra are the organizers and managers of one of the oldest concert series in Germany. Unique among German opera theater and symphonic orchestras is the Akademie’s democratic structure associated with its own choice of concert programs as well as its financial independence. These factors are essential for the artistic identity and self-confidence of the musicians. Eight times annually the orchestra, otherwise accustomed to resounding from the orchestra pit, presents itself on the stage of the Mozartsaal in Mannheim’s Rosengarten.

Creating culture through the artist’s own responsibility: This is a reality in Mannheim which has proven to be a successful and lasting concept.

The Musikalische Akademie of the National Theater Orchestra Mannheim e.V. which was founded in 1778 is represented by the following executive committee members:

  • 1. Chairman:
    Fritjof v. Gagern
  • 2. Chairman:
    Christiane Albert
  • Financial Manager:
    Patrick Koch
  • Assistant Financial Manager:
    Christoph Rox
  • Secretary:
    Christoph Prüfer
  • Advisory Board Members:
    Ulrich Grau, Jean-Jacques Goumaz, Julien Heichelbech, Georg Lustig, Nora von Marschall, Antonia Zimmermann

GMD Alexander Soddy

The General Music Director (GMD)

Since 2016/2017 Alexander Soddy is music director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Alexander Soddy was the orchestra’s absolutely favorite choice candidate during the search for a General Music Director for Mannheim. Having started out as a choirboy in his native Oxford, then continuing with conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Music Theory at Cambridge followed by his musical ascent as an opera conductor in London, at the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Oper Klagenfurt and as assistant to Kirill Petrenko in Bayreuth – the vocal genre has always played a decisively large role in Alexander Soddy’s life as a musician – having laid an ideal foundation for working on the concert repertoire.

Contact

Nadin Preuße
Project Director, Executive Committee Consultant
nadin.preusse@musikalische-akademie.de
+49 (0) 621 – 122 52 87

Sylvia Landmann
Communications Advisor, Marketing Manager
sylvia.landmann@musikalische-akademie.de
+49 (0) 621 – 122 52 86

  • Thursday 06th
  • Friday 07th
  • October 2022
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Alexander Soddy
  • Conductor
  • Steven Isserlis
  • Violoncello
  • Bedřich Smetana (1824—1884)
  • Ouverture aus Die verkaufte Braut

  • Antonín Dvořák (1841—1904)
  • Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester h-Moll op. 104

  • Igor Strawinsky (1882—1971)
  • Le sacre du printemps

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  • Monday 21th
  • Tuesday 22th
  • November 2022
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Alexander Soddy
  • Conductor
  • Astrid Kessler
  • Soprano
  • Johannes Martin Kränzle
  • Baritone
  • Opernchor und Extrachor des Nationaltheaters Mannheim
  • Nationaltheater Mannheim choir
  • Christian Jost (*1963)
  • Requiem Æternam für Sopran und Orchester
  • Johannes Brahms (1833—1897)
  • Ein deutsches Requiem nach Worten der Heiligen Schrift op. 45

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  • Monday 19th
  • Tuesday 20th
  • December 2022
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Ingo Metzmacher
  • Conductor
  • Amihai Grosz
  • Viola
  • Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921)
  • Vorspiel zu Hänsel und Gretel

  • Paul Hindemith (1895—1963)
  • Der Schwanendreher

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871—1942)
  • Die Seejungfrau

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  • Monday 20th
  • Tuesday 21th
  • February 2023
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Alexander Soddy
  • Conductor
  • Marianna Shirinyan
  • Piano
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791)
  • Konzert für Klavier und Orchester
    Nr. 20 d-Moll KV 466

  • Anton Bruckner (1824—1896) Bruckner-Zyklus
  • Symphonie Nr. 5 B-Dur WAB 105

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  • Monday 13th
  • Tuesday 14th
  • March 2023
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Marc Minkowski
  • Conductor
  • Nicolas Baldeyrou
  • Clarinet
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827)
  • Ouverture zu Coriolan c-Moll op. 62

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791)
  • Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-Dur KV 622

  • Franz Schubert (1797—1828)
  • Symphonie Nr. 3 D-Dur D 200

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  • Monday 17th
  • Tuesday 18th
  • April 2023
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Anja Bihlmaier
  • Conductor
  • Rafał Blechacz
  • Piano
  • Maurice Ravel (1875—1937)
  • Le Tombeau de Couperin

  • Frédéric Chopin (1810—1849)
  • Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 11

  • Maurice Ravel (1875—1937)
  • Alborada del gracioso

  • Claude Debussy (1862—1918)
  • La mer

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  • Monday 05th
  • Tuesday 06th
  • June 2023
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Alexander Soddy
  • Conductor
  • Veronika Eberle
  • Violin
  • Edward Elgar (1857—1934)
  • Cockaigne (In London Town)

    Ouverture op. 40

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897—1957)
  • Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur  op. 35

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897—1957)
  • Suite aus The Sea Hawk

  • Nino Rota (1911—1979)
  • Suite aus Otto e mezzo

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  • Monday 03th
  • Tuesday 04th
  • July 2023
  • 8:00 p.m., Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
  • Ariane Matiakh
  • Conductor
  • Tanja Tetzlaff
  • Violoncello
  • Michail Glinka (1804—1857)
  • Kamarinskaya

  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch (1906—1975)
  • Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 1 Es-Dur op. 107

  • Sergej Rachmaninow (1873—1943)
  • Die Toteninsel op. 29

  • Modest Mussorgski (1839—1881)
  • Eine Nacht auf dem kahlen Berge

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  • Sunday 20th
  • November 2022
  • 7 P. M., Kunsthalle Mannheim, Atrium
  • Sonderkonzert – Live im Atrium: Liebermann, Slevogt, Corinth. Durckgraphik und Zeichnung
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942)
  • Trio für Klarinette, Violoncello und Klavier d-Moll op. 3

  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970)
  • Trio für Violine, Viola und Violoncello

  • Jörg Widmann (*1973)
  • Fantasie für Klarinette solo

  • Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)
  • Quartett für Klarinette und Klaviertrio

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  • Tuesday 16th
  • May 2023
  • 7:00 p.m., Oper am Luisenpark (OPAL)
  • Clemens Flick
  • Conductor
  • Johannes Dölger
  • Double bass
  • Benjamin Lyko
  • Countertenor
  • Joseph Martin Kraus (1756—1792)
  • Æneas i Carthago – Ouverture c-Moll

  • Johann Christian Bach (1735—1782)
  • Ch’io parta – Arie aus Temistocle

  • Joseph Martin Kraus (1756—1792)
  • Æneas i Carthago – Akt V Nr. 1: Vorspiel D-Dur

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714—1787)
  • Don Juan

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714—1787)
  • Non so frenare il pianto – Arie aus Demetrio

  • Johannes Matthias Sperger (1750—1812)
  • Kontrabasskonzert Nr. 15 D-Dur

  • Joseph Martin Kraus (1756—1792)
  • Symphonie c-Moll VB 142

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