16.09. Georgian Sinfonietta

Saturday 16.09.2017 - 7.30 PM

St. Trinity Church - Św. Trójcy 4 Street Gdańsk

Concert on the 290th anniversary of the festival's patronage

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727 Gdańsk-1756 Dresden)

  • Georgian Sinfonietta Tblisi (Georgia)
  • Goldberg Vocal Ensemble (Poland)
  • Anna Tsartsidze - soprano
  • Bettina Ranch - alto
  • Georg Poplutz – tenor
  • Alina Ratkowska – chamber organ/conductor

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg Psalm 12 – Cantata for choir, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo
Georg Friedrich Händel Gloria for soprano solo, 2 violins & basso continuo
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg Durch die herzliche Barmherzichkeit
Cantata for choir, 2 oboes, 2 violins, 2 violas & basso continuo
Georg Philipp Telemann Ouverture-Suite Don Quixote, TWV 55:G10
2 violins, viola & basso continuo


Georgian Sinfonietta

Founded in 2008, Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra – Georgian Sinfonietta aims to deliver most diverse repertoire at the highest artistic level. The schedule of the orchestra includes performances both in Georgia and Europe, as well as regions of Georgia, where the popularization of chamber music has been a great success.

Georgian Sinfonietta has performed in celebrated venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam; and is a regular guest to festivals including Tbilisi Wind Festival, Tbilisi Chamber Music Festival, Young Euro Classic and Opernfestival Gut Immling.
Since the acquisition of period instruments in 2012, the orchestra pioneers historically informed performances in Caucasus.

Sinfonietta has collaborated with Liza Batiashvili, Pavel Vernikov, Julian Rachlin, Christoph Mayer, Natalia Gutman, Elisso Virsaladze, Francois Leleux, Eduard Bruner, Sergio Azzolini, Lev Markiz, Andres Mustonen, among others.

Anna Tsartsidze (Georgia) coloratura soprano
was born in 1989. In 2013 has graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire at the class of Prof. Svetlana Egorova (Master's Degree). She has participated in concerts and festivals both in Georgia and abroad, including the Liana Isakadze Festival, Vladimir Spivakov Festival, Tbilisi Baroque Festival, "Autumn Tbilisi" and Gala concerts with Georgian Opera Soloists. Anna Tsartsidze took masterclasses with Makvala Kasrashvili, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Linda Watson, Helen Donath, Alberto Rinaldi, David Syrus and Michele Crider. Anna Tsartsidze has performed the following roles: in 2011 with soloists of Tbilisi State Opera, Ismene (“Mitridate, re di Ponto” by Mozart), in 2012 the role of Tigrane (“Radamisto” by Handel), in 2010 the role of Gilda (“Rigoletto” by Verdi), in 2001, 2005 the role of Shepherd (“Tosca” by Puccini), Witch (“Macbeth” by Verdi) and in 2008 the role of Papagena (“The Magic Flute” by Mozart). Anna Tsartsidze has won the Tbilisi Municipality scholarship as well as the scholarship of the President of Georgia. CD published with Anna Tsartsidze’s participation was Gia Khancheli’s “Little Imber” (appeared in London). In 2013 Anna was the finalist of Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition, Participant of Placido Domingo’s Operalia The World Opera Competition and participant of “Neue Stimmen” competition. 2014 - 16 seasons Anna was engaged in Düsseldorf Opera "Deutsche Oper am Rhein" for the young artist program (Opera studio). She performed in following productions: Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore", Verdi "Don Carlo", Mozart "Magic flute", Humperdinck "Hänsel and Gretel" Mozart "Abduction from Seraglio" and world premiere of Marius Felix Lange "Snow Queen".

2016 - 2017 seasons Anna is engaged in Karlsruhe Badisches Staatstheater as guest in production of Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore". Anna's future endeavors include a collaboration with Georgian Sinfonietta, presenting concerts in both Poland and Tbilisi.

Bettina Ranch

Berlin-born mezzo-soprano, Bettina Ranch, initially studied violin and subsequently changed to singing.
Over the last years, she has given successful guest performances at renowned opera houses such as the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, the Aalto-Theater Essen, the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, and the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, where she was engaged amongst others for Mozart and Wagnarian roles as well as major roles in the different baroque operas by Georg Friedrich Handel.

In the concert field, she sang in particular the masses by Mozart, the Bach Passions and B minor mass, the Messiah, the Verdi-Requiem and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater but also performed works such as Mahler’s symphonic cantata The Song of Mourning (Das klagende Lied) and Franz Schmidt’s Book with Seven Seals. On these occasions, she worked repeatedly with renowned ensembles and orchestras such as the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, the Chamber Academy Potsdam, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bremen Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the RTVE Orchestra Madrid , the DSO Berlin, the RIAS Chamber Choir, and  the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and under prominent conductors such as Hartmut Haenchen, Markus Poschner, Simone Young, Helmuth Rilling, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Paul Goodwin, and Ivor Bolton.

Since the season 2016/2017 Bettina Ranch is a member of ensemble at Aalto-Theater Essen where she already sang roles such as Adalgisa/Norma, Maddalena/Rigoletto, Voice of the mother/Tales of Hoffmann, Princess Clarice/The Love for Three Oranges, Fenena/Nabucco, 1st Maid/Elektra and Sesto/La clemenza di Tito.

In the season 2017/18 she is once again active in both the opera and concert field. At her parent house in Essen she will take on the roles of Ludmilla/The Bartered Bride, Gertrude/Hans Heiling, Herodias/Salome, Annina/La traviata as well as Fricka in Walküre.
In addition, Bettina Ranch will sing solo parts in e.g. J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in Essen, Bruckner’s Te Deum in the Speyer Cathedral, Germany, John Neumeier’s Matthew Passion Ballet in Moscow, and Die Soldaten in Cologne under Emilio Pomarico.

Georg Poplutz

As a singer of Lied and Oratorios, Georg Poplutz, Tenor, is well-known for his expressive and emotional interpretations. He performs at notable festivals, concert halls and cathedrals both in Germany and abroad. He works with musicians including Manfred Cordes, Ludwig Güttler, Rudolf Lutz, Hermann Max, Ralf Otto, Hille Perl, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Gotthold Schwarz, Jaroslav Thiel, Winfried Toll, Michael A. Willens, and Roland Wilson, and has made a particular name for himself interpreting especially Baroque Music. Poplutz is also in demand as an ensemble singer and sings within the "Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble" with Arno Paduch as well as with Konrad Junghänel´s "Cantus Cölln". As a soloist, Poplutz is also a major contributor to Hans-Christoph Rademann´s complete recording of Heinrich Schütz´ vocal works and to Lutz´ complete recording of Johann Sebastian Bach´s Cantatas. Many radio and DVD recordings, as well as more than 60 compact discs complete his musical activities.

Poplutz has also a special interest in Lied, and for more than 15 years he has worked closely with his piano partner Hilko Dumno. In 2009, he received Frankfurt Mendelssohn Special Award. Schubert´s “Die schöne Müllerin”, arranged for Tenor and two guitars by the guitar-players Antje Asendorf & Stefan Hladek, has been released on CD, and their interpretation could be heard at the Goldberg Festival 2015.

Born in Arnsberg, Germany, Georg Poplutz completed degrees in English and Music Education in Münster and Dortmund. Afterwards, he studied voice in Frankfurt/Main and Cologne where his teachers included Berthold Possemeyer and Christoph Prégardien. Currently, Poplutz receives vocal advice from Carol Meyer-Bruetting in Frankfurt/Main where he lives.

Alina Ratkowska 

is Professor of the harpsichord at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, appointed the Head at the Chair of Organ and Harpsichord of the said University for the years 2016-2020

Winner of the 1st prize at the Paola Bernardi International Harpsichord Competition in Bologna in 2005;.

In 1999 she graduated from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with honours (today: FCUM), from the class of Prof. Leszek Kędracki.  In 2002 the artist was conferred the diploma of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the Academy of Early Music in Basel, where she studied under the guidance of Andrea Marcon.  She was also a student of Jörg Andreas Bötticher, Jesper B. Christensen (Generalbass) and Johann Sonnleitner (pianoforte/ chamber music).

Alina Ratkowska participated in numerous master courses given by such harpsichord professors as:
Jaques Ogg, Nicholas Parle, Peter Holman, Mark Kroll, Ketil Haugsand, Christiane Jaccotett, Kenneth Gilbert, Jos van Immersel, and Andreas Staier.  She also attended a five-week piano course at the Wesleyan University (USA) in the piano class of Prof. Donald Currier from the Yale School of Music, as well as pianoforte practical courses run by Geoffrey Lancaster. She also had an occasion to take private lessons from Gustav Leonhardt.

Alina Ratkowska completed post-graduate studies at the Gdańsk University of Technology, the Faculty of Management and Economics.  In 2009 she obtained the Doctor’s degree in Musical Arts, conferred by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and in 2014 the title of Doctor Habilitated conferred by the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.  In 2009 and 2013, the votes cast by the readers of the Gazeta Wyborcza daily won Alina Ratkowska the ‘Sztorm Roku’ [Storm of the Year] prize.  In 2008, the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk honoured her with the award for Young Creators of Culture.  She was a beneficiary of the scholarships funded by the Minister of Culture and Art, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodship, Culture Foundation, and many other foreign foundations.  In 2003, together with the Esperanto ensemble under her direction she won the III prize at the Van Vlaanderen International Early Music Competition in Bruges (Belgium).

She has cooperated with the Goldberg Baroque Ensemble which specialises in performing the music preserved in the collection of the Gdańsk Library, Polish Academy of Sciences. Together with the ensemble she records this musical material in the series entitled ‘The Musical Heritage of the City of Gdańsk’ (DUX, Sarton).  In the years 2011-2014 she directed the Musica Maxima vocal and instrumental ensemble from Poznań.

Performing contemporary music for the harpsichord takes an important place in her artistic life.  She often gives premiere performances of solo and chamber pieces by Polish contemporary composers.  Her first solo CD with the recording of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach was published in 2010 (Sarton).  In 2011 the CD was nominated for the ‘Fryderyk’ phonographic award in two categories.  The CD with her performance of three harpsichord concertos by Johann Jeremias du Grain, a composer and organ player from Gdańsk deceased in 1756, was published in 2012, followed by a book devoted to those concertos published by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw a year later.

In 2006 she initiated the Goldberg Festival in Gdańsk.  Over the decade, the Festival has grown to become one of the major early music festivals in Poland.