17.09. Goldberg Baroque Ensemble

Sunday 17.09.2017 - 5.00 PM 

St. Trinity Church - Św. Trójcy 4 Street Gdańsk

Goldberg Baroque Ensemble

Goldberg Vocal Ensemble

  • Marie Smolka - soprano
  • Bettina Ranch - alto
  • Georg Poplutz - tenor
  • Marek Rzepka - bass
  • Andrzej Szadejko - conductor


Cantatas from the Collection of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Johann Jeremias du Grain (17??-1756 Gdańsk)

Cantatas Trauer - Music: Mitten wir im Leben sind PL-GD Ms. Joh. 186 (premiere)
Alter Adam, du musst Sterben PL-GD Ms. Joh. 189
Herr, nun lässest Du deiner Diener PL-GD Ms. Joh. 185
Willkomenn Erlöser der Erden PL-GD Ms. Joh. 188


Goldberg Baroque Ensemble
This vocal-instrumental ensemble was established by Andrzej Szadejko, its conductor ever since, in 2008. The ensemble specialises in performing early music from Balticum in accordance with the HIP conventions of the Baroque and Classical periods. The musicians forming the ensemble are Polish and foreign graduates of the renown European centres focused on early musical practice (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Royal Music Academies in London and the Hague). The instrumentalists play the authentic instruments or their copies. Under the name “Goldberg Vocal Ensemble”, the vocalists of the group engage in a cappella projects. Their output comprises concerts and prize-winning recordings. Goldberg Baroque Ensemble is currently carrying out a recording project called The Musical Heritage of the City of Gdańsk with polish label SARTON and Musica Baltica with german label MDG, presenting the music surviving in script in the collection of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The collection includes thousands of mostly unknown master compositions by Gdańsk masters of cappella and other musicians.

Marie Smolka was born in the Czech Republic and graduated from the
University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, where she studied with Hedwig Fassbender, Rudolf Piernay and Brigitte Eisenfeld.
During her studies she received a scholarship from the 'Studienstiftung des Deutsches Volkes' and also won first prize at the Lenzewski Competition, which was supporteda by Oper Frankfurt. She also worked with artists such as Ingeborg Danz, Helen Donath, Irwin Gage and Klesie-Kelly Moog.

Marie was a member of the ensemble at the Landestheater Coburg from 2010-2013, which gave her the opportunity to perform a wide range of repertoire, including roles such as Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Norina (Don Pasquale), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Countess Stasi (Die Csardasfürstin) and Susanna ( Figaros Hochzeit).

Guest engagements have taken Marie during the university to many other theatres. She made her debut at the Frankfurt Opera as Eurdice in Monteverdis Orfeo ed Eurdice, a role which she also sang at the Rheingau Festival under the baton of Gabriel Garrido. Marie has also performed at the Oper Frankfurt, the Saarländisches Staatstheater, Staatstheater Darmstadt and Theater Heidelberg.

Since 2014 Marie has worked freelance, and performing at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Landestheater Linz in Austria, and main roles in Mozart’s  “ Betulia Liberata“, Scarlatti´s „ Il primo omicidio“ and Händels „ Israel in Egypt“ at the Potsdamer Winteroper, Ännchen at the Opera Stralsund, and Vespetta ( Telemann) at the Theatre Konstanz. 2016 she made her debut at the Teatro Massimo Palermo in Janaceks „Jenufa“ ( Regie: Robert Carsen).

Marie has had the honour to work with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Cornelius Meister, Constantin Trinks, Antonello Manacorda,Konrad Junghänel and Gabriele Ferro.

Also she worked extensively in the Barock and Concert- repertoire, and other significant opera roles include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Lulu (Lulu), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie ( Der Rosenkavalier) and Zaide (Zaide). 

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.

Marek Rzepka was born in Mikolłów (Poland). Trained as a miner, he won first prize at the Kolobrzeg Festival in 1989 and thereupon began his vocal training in Cracow with Prof. Adam Szybowski. He continued his studies with Prof. Christian Elßner at the "Carl Maria von Weber" Marek Rzepka University of Music in Dresden where he graduated with distinction and completed a postgraduate course. Continued by studies with Prof. Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and Prof. Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim. Marek Rzepka has attended master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Peter Schreier, Thomas Quasthoff and Charles Spencer.

Marek Rzepka's wide repertoire includes for example Haydn's The Creation, Handel's Messiah and Bach's B-Minor Mass. He has sung Mozart's Requiem in the Cracow Philharmonie, J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Dresden Kreuzchor and the Philharmonie Dresden, Mauricio Kagel's opera Aus Deutschland in Hamburg, J.S. Bach's "Kaffeekantate" with the Akademie für Alte Musik, cantatas of J.S. Bach under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, works by A. Lotti and Zelenka conducted by Andrew Parrott, and has appeared in concerts with Steven Stubbs and Eduardo López Banzo.

Marek Rzepka performs regularly with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Thomas Hengelbrock, the Musikpodium Stuttgart and Frieder Bernius and the RIAS Kammechor and Hans-Christoph Rademann. He has appeared in Milan's Auditorium, at the Bologna Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Handel Festival in Halle, the Dresden Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. In addition, the singer presented recitals at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, in Vienna, Hamburg, Dresden, Cracow and Freiburg and has participated in CD productions and broadcast recordings.

In October 2001 he received a teaching appointment for voice in the early music department at the "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy" University of Music in Leipzig.

In 2004 he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in Monteverdi's opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria with a subsequent tour to France, Luxembourg, and New York. This production was also presented at the 2004 Melbourne International Arts Festival. In September 2006 he recorded Lully's opera Thésée under the baton of Steven Stubbs. A recording of Conradi's Ariadne, presented at the Boston Early Music Festival and Tanglewood Festival (direction: Paul O'Dette and Steven Stubbs) was nominated for the Grammy Award. Important engagements in 2006/07 included concerts with Thomas Hengelbrock at the festivals in Athens and Wroclaw, a revival of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and his debut as Masetto in concert performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Herrenchiemsee Festival 2007.

Besides concerts with the RIAS Kammerchor in the season 2007/08 Marek Rzepka performs Uberto in Pergolesi's La serva padrona with the ensemble Barrocade in Israel and gives a recital at the Jerusalem Academy of Music (March 2008). He sings the basse arias in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in March 2008.

In Summer 2009 he made his debut in "Walpurgisnacht" by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy with the "Tonhalle Orchester" in Zurich and in F.Liszt´s "Via Crucis" at the "Salzburger Festspiele".

Since October 2009 he received a teaching appointment for voice at the University of Music in Cracow/Poland.

In 2012 he sang Caronte in Monteverdi's Orfeo in Essen, Würzburg and Paris under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock. This season's forthcoming projects included a tour of Europe with the Christmas Oratorio under Thomas Hengelbrock. In 2013 he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in Parsifal.

In 2016 will be Concerts in Brussels,Zürich and Frankfurt with "Magnificat" MWV 2 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with Thomas Hengelbrock as well as a Tournee to Spain with Pablo Heras-Casado with works by Claudio Monteverdi.

Since November 2016 he was appointed as professor for singing at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hanover.

2017 the Monteverdiprogram will be recorded by Harmonia Mundi.

Andrzej Szadejko

Born in Gdansk in 1974. Organist, composer, conductor, academical lecturer and organologist. Studied at the Music Academy in Gdańsk (1994-96). Graduated in 1998 from Academy of Music in Warsaw by Joachim Grubich and in 2002 in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel by Jean-Claude Zehnder where he recived diplomas with honour in organ music. He also graduated with honours in singing by Richard Lewitt and composition by Rudolf Lutz. Other important teachers were Andrea Marcon (harpsichord) and Gottfried Bach (basso continuo).
Took part in over 30 organ, harpsichord and pianoforte master classes and interpretations courses in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Netherland.
In 2002 defended doctor thesis at the Music Academy in Lodz, and in 2010 has made habilitation at the Music Academy in Posnan/Poland.
He is the finaliandrzejst and prizewinner of many International Organ Competitions (Rumia/PL, Gdansk/PL, Warsaw/PL, Odense/DK, Brugge/B).
Stipendist/scholar of many institutions: Mayor of City Gdansk/PL, Marshal of Pomerania voivodship/PL, Polish Culture Foundation/PL, City of Basel/CH, Doms-Stiftung/CH, Organ Summer Academy in Harlem/NL, Polish Institut of Music and Dance IMiT/PL, Adam Mickiewicz Institut/PL
Since 1994 Szadejko plays regular concerts in Poland, Germany, Netherland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Czech, Norway, USA and Switzerland.
Since 2006 he has been teaching organ and basso continuo in Gdansk Music Academy, Poland. In 2006 guest professor for organ in Oulu/Finland.
Leader of a reconstruction project of historical Merten Friese organ in Trinity church in Gdańsk (www.organy.gda.pl)
Since 2008 artistic director of the Project at the Polish Science Academy Bibliotheque of Gdansk – Musical Heritage of City Gdansk - reediting and recording of musical historical manuscripts from bibliotheques of Gdansk.
Leader of Goldberg Baroque Ensemble- vocal and instrumental baroque players (www.goldbergensemble.eu).
Recordings (12 CDs) by polish labels DUX and SARTON and german label MOTTETE.
Publications in polish scientific and music editions. His thesis about organ music by two pupils of Bach – Mohrheim und Muethel has got a prize at the Fair of Scientific Books in Wroclaw/Poland in 2011. At the same year his composition for 8-voice choir a’cappella – Missa Brevis was published in Poland at Polihymnia Edition.